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What is the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development?

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is the most comprehensive course available for L&D professionals, ideal for you if you want to formalise your existing experience, skills and knowledge. You’ll study the core knowledge and behaviours any People Professional needs and extend these through specific units to further specialise in your field.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with some L&D experience looking to develop to management level.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development


Online learning

How long will it take?

Typically 11 months

CIPD Level 5 HR course highlights

  • Typically 11 months completion time
  • Structured but flexible learning with our cohort model
  • Learn 100% online
  • 12-month support period
  • Aimed at those with some L&D experience looking to progress to management level
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What's included in your CIPD Level 5 L&D online and distance learning course?

When you learn with Avado, you get access to our online learning Hub, which comes with lots of benefits. It's no different when you're working on your CIPD Level 7 courses online with us.* You'll get:

24-hour access to the online Hub

So you can complete your coursework when it suits your schedule.

Work together

Forums to network with other students.

Learning methodology

We create engaging and exclusive digital content with delivery that ensures you can apply your learning at work.

Dedicated, expert tutors

Subject matter-expert tutors and a community for support through the course.

Exclusive access to Ava

Ava is our multi-language support chat. Available 24/7 only to Avado learners.

CIPD Level 5 L&D Learning and Development modules

Here are the eight units you’ll cover, and what you’ll be able to do by the end of each one:

Three core units

You’ll learn about…
  • The connections between organisational structure and strategy.
  • Organisational priorities, how to interpret theories and what drives change.
  • How to build diversity and inclusion.
  • How people practice connects and supports wider strategies.

You’ll learn about…
  • The methods re applied to diagnose challenges and opportunities.
  • Critical thinking and how different ethical perspectives can influence decisions.
  • The benefits and risks of solutions for improving people practice issues.
  • How to measure the impact people practice makes to organisations.

You’ll learn about…
  • How to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies.
  • How to design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships.
  • How the role of a people professional is evolving.
  • How to assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas.

Three specialist units

You’ll learn about…
  • The concepts of self-directed and social learning and the theories behind them.
  • The steps that organisations take to encourage learning.
  • How digital innovations encourage and enable self-directed learning.

You’ll learn about…
  • What needs to be considered when designing learning and development.
  • Identifying and establishing learning and development needs.
  • Completing a stakeholder analysis in relation to learning and development.
  • How to design engaging learning and development solutions.

You’ll learn about…
  • How to develop a range of personalised, accessible learning resources.
  • Discussing facilitation techniques to support the needs of learners.
  • The facilitation of learning and delivering inclusive activities that meet objectives.
  • The concept of ‘transfer of learning’ and the role of line managers.

One of two additional specialist units

You’ll learn about…
  • The purpose of employment regulation and the way it’s enforced.
  • The role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law.
  • How the main principles of discrimination law.
  • How to manage recruitment lawfully, and about managing employment rights.

You’ll learn about…
  • The impact, risks and challenges of technological development.
  • Creating engaging digital learning content and the systems for delivering learning.
  • The skills required to facilitate online learning, including your development plan.

CIPD L&D Diploma career options

The skills you'll learn on this course will get you ready to take on L&D roles with more responsibility. You’ll also be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, and roles such as:

L&D Manager

£ 47,500 *

Head of L&D

£ 57,500 *

Once you have your Level 5 Diploma qualification you can progress further with the CIPD Level 7 qualification. *Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, January 2022


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Frequently asked CIPD questions

This course takes approximately 11 months to complete.

A CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is very similar to a foundation degree.

This course is ideal if you're aspiring to, or are taking the next steps in your career in learning and development:

Learning and development is what an organisation does to enhance employees' skills and knowledge to help them be even better at their jobs.

If you're a people person and you love to help your coworkers thrive in their roles, learning and development is for you. It can be a hugely fulfilling career, watching the people in your organisation grow and progress at least partially because of the work you do.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and people development, with a worldwide community of around 140,000 members. 

The CIPD Level 5 qualifications are the Associate Diploma in Learning and Development.

No, it’s Foundation Degree level.

These are the learning outcomes for the Learning and Development course:

The CIPD Level 5 L& D cost for the Level 5 is £2999+VAT.

Yes, you can fail a module, you do at 3 attempts to pass each module before it is classed as a failure.

You need to have some knowledge of HR and the organisation, but the focus Is Learning and Development, so you do need to be working in a Learning and Developing environment.

CIPD Level 5 programme is a Diploma.

It really depends on your own career goals. If you want to specialise in HR or be a HR generalist, then the Associate Diploma in People Management is for you. If you are more interested in Learning and Development activities, then the Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is for you.

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development – Monthly Subscription

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma develops an all-round knowledge in L&D with skills and techniques you can translate across your business. This course will also get you up to speed in digital learning, ready to transform your organisation, and can help you progress to a managerial role.

£237.00 (per month for 12 months)