CIPD - LEVEL 5, Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

Inspire learning and development within your organisation by completing a qualification in L&D. Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive change.

What is the the CIPD – LEVEL 5, Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development?

The CIPD – LEVEL 5, Associate 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.

This Diploma, as with all of CIPD’s updated qualifications, is based on the CIPD Profession Map, launched in November 2018. It defines the knowledge, behaviours and inherent values underpinning today’s people profession.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with some HR experience looking to develop to management level.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD – LEVEL 5, Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development


Online Learning

How long will it take?

Typically 11 months

Why should I choose Avado?

When you complete your CIPD courses with us you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.  

Here are some the reasons we’re the best for CIPD: 

We are one of the CIPD’s approved providers of online learning

With our expertise in HR and L&D, we’re equipped to help you achieve your qualification

Award-winning learning

A course should be more than a textbook – learn from videos, infographics, interactive quizzes, and more all developed with and delivered by subject-matter experts. 

Great teaching. Guaranteed. 

We believe who you learn with makes all the difference; that’s why we hand-pick the best tutors who are available to support you whenever you need them.

Study anytime, anywhere 

Fit studying into your busy day with bite-sized activities built for mobile. And structured milestones to help you learn at your own pace while remaining on track.

What’s included?

No one likes having to pay a surprise bill. That’s why we include everything we can in the cost of your course: 

  • 24-hour access to your online campus 
  • Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates 
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course 

The only additional cost is your CIPD membership, which you pay directly to the CIPD. 

What will I need to start?

This is a course for experienced HR/L&D professionals, so you will need previous formal qualifications to get started. 

You’ll need: 

  • Some HR or L&D experience with an interest in developing to management level
  • Basic computer skills and access to a phone/tablet/laptop with internet 
  • A solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language) 
  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable internet connection, plus basic computer skills
  • A CIPD Foundation qualification or a relevant Level 3 (or higher) qualification 

What career options does the CIPD Level 5 Diploma open up? 

The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on senior Learning & Development roles.  You’ll be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD.


Who are the CIPD? 

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and people development  

With a worldwide community of 140,000+ membersCIPD qualifications are international recognised and will help you build your career and enhance your professionalism.  

CIPD Enterprises have exclusively partnered with Avado, to offer a range of HR courses online. 

What will I learn?

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

Unit 1: Organisational performance and culture in practice

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.

Unit 2: Evidence-based practice

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.

Unit 3: Professional behaviours and valuing people

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

Unit 1: Supporting self-directed and social learning

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.

Unit 2: Learning and development design to create value

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.

Unit 3: Facilitate personalised and performance focused learning

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

Unit 1: Specialist employment law

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.

Unit 2: Advances in digital learning and development

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.

How will I be assessed?

Your qualification is achieved by continuous assessment. At the end of each unit you will have an assessment to complete. Your assignment is graded by your tutor and you receive personalised feedback. There are different types of assessment tailored to the content of the unit.

Flexible learning deserves flexible payments.

You have plenty of options when it comes to paying for your course. You can pay in full or spread the cost into 2 or 3 installments.

Your company can fund your course

Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.

“I’m finding the course content very relevant to what a L&D professional has to know, not only for managing L&D in today’s environment but also to prepare for the future, looking at capabilities and skills that will be required to be fit for business.”

Sophie van den Brand, L&D Level 3

“The course has allowed me to gain a better understanding for how my skills in learning technologies and digital learning can have a direct and positive impact on our strategies as a business and as an L&D team. The course has given me some great tools to use in the persuasion process and has really helped me to become more confident when talking to our leaders about change.”

Ewan Laing, L&D Level 53

Course Awards

Award-winning online CIPD courses