CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice

Get your HR career off to a flying start by qualifying with CIPD Enterprises' only official online learning partner

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  • Ideal for those who are new to HR or currently working in a HR support role
  • Leads to roles such as HR Administrator or HR Assistant

Start on your CIPD pathway with the CIPD Level 3 qualification

Our online CIPD HR Level 3 Certificate offers you the opportunity to progress your career without compromising your current commitments. Whether you’re new to the field or have limited experience, study Human Resources at any time and place that suits you.

Who is it for? Those that are new to HR or currently working in a HR support role e.g. HR Administrator

Qualification: CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice

Location: Online Learning

Duration: Typical completion in 9 months

What is the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate?

CIPD qualifications are internationally recognised and offer you an accredited route into the Human Resources industry. With AVADO in partnership with CIPD Enterprises you can gain your professional CIPD Level 3 Certification online, allowing you to study whenever and wherever you want, and fit study in around your other commitments.

Whether you’re starting out in your HR career or already working within a support level role, the CIPD Level 3 in HR qualification will provide you with a solid foundation of all areas of HR and develop the essential skills and confidence you need to progress your career further.

On successful completion of the CIPD Level 3 online certificate, you will gain Associate Membership of the CIPD, allowing you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.

We now have interest-free finance plans so you can spread the price of your course at no extra cost.*


Get CIPD qualified with learning that works from AVADO

At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and our exclusive partnership with CIPD Enterprises, studying CIPD online with us gives you the best chance of success:

Great teachers and inspiring content
Your own dedicated tutor, hand-picked for their expertise, is available by phone or email. Access a range of engaging content developed with CIPD’s own experts, including videos, quizzes and group activities.

Support every step of the way as you learn with others
Your tutor and community team are here for you whenever you need them. And, because you learn online with other students, you’ll never be short of inspiration and motivation!

An online platform built around you Designed to work on your mobile and featuring bite-sized content so that you can learn as you go. Learn at your own pace but with structured milestones to keep you on track.

Affordable, all-inclusive prices
Payment packages to suit your budget. And no hidden surprises.

An award-winning provider you can trust
Winner of Training Journal’s Best Training Partnership 2016 with CIPD Enterprises, and Learning Technologies Best Use of Online Distance Learning 2016 – Silver.

We know how to deliver learning that works, that’s why CIPD Enterprises chose AVADO as their only official partner for online qualifications, so you know your programme is of the highest quality.

What is included in the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate?

Your certifcate includes everything you need to succeed:

  • 24-hour access to your online campus, accessible on mobile and tablet
  • Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
  • Free access to AVADO’s premium Career Development Hub
  • Free NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

We include everything you need in the course price. The only additional cost is your CIPD membership, which you are required to pay directly to the CIPD.

Prerequisites for the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate

A qualification to at least Level 2 (for example GCSE or international equivalent) is essential and experience working in an HR role is beneficial.

In addition, the following entry requirements apply:

  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable internet connection, plus basic computer skills

Career path for the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate

The CIPD Level 3 programme is designed to provide you with a firm foundation in all areas of HR. Upon successful completion of your Foundation Certificate, you will become an Associate Member of the CIPD. Achieving Associate (Assoc CIPD) status will:

  • Allow you use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials
  • Demonstrate you possess up-to-date and relevant skills and knowledge
  • Prove your commitment towards good practice and continued professional development
  • Ensure you remain relevant and more employable

Whether you’re already in a junior HR role or new to the field, with this qualification on your CV and CIPD Associate Membership, you will be eligible for HR roles such as:

HR Administrator HR Assistant
£21,000* £23,000*

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017

If you’re looking to progress your career further you will also be able to continue your CIPD studies with us on the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management, the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in HR Management, or the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate qualifications in L&D.

How it works

All our HR courses are delivered through our award-winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC). The VLC is an online learning platform that houses all your learning materials in one easy-to-access place. The VLC is designed for use on all internet-enabled devices, so you can study on your mobile or tablet any time, wherever you are.

Your VLC features:

  • Inspiring bite-size learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Regular live online classes with your tutor, tailored to your group’s needs and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, with structured milestones to keep you on track
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests so you know how you are progressing
  • Proactive tutor support – monitoring your progress and reaching out if you need support

Our approach to online learning and student engagement has been recognised by the Learning Technologies industry awards, with Silver for Best Online Distance Learning Programme 2016.

What is the CIPD?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and people development and today is the voice of a worldwide community of around 140,000 members. CIPD qualifications will help you build your career and enhance your professionalism; they are internationally recognised and highly sought after by employers.

CIPD Enterprises have chosen to exclusively partner with AVADO, to offer a range of HR courses online. Our Human resource courses allow you to study when and where it suits you. You will learn the practical skills and theory you need to work as an HR professional and how to apply this in a real-world setting.

When you successfully complete your CIPD Level 3 Certificate, you’ll become an Associate member, meaning you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name. CIPD professional membership is a mark of your professionalism and demonstrates to employers, clients and peers that you meet the rigorous requirements and professional standards for good practice in HR.


The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice is designed to provide a strong foundation to build on and an introduction to the essential knowledge and capabilities needed by today’s HR professionals.

To gain your CIPD Level 3 certificate you must complete the following six units:

1. Understanding organisations and the role of HR
On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the purpose of an organisation and its operating environment.
  • Understand the structure, culture and functions of an organisation.
  • Understand how HR/L&D activities support an organisation.

2. Developing yourself as an effective HR practitioner

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be an effective HR or L&D practitioner.
  • Know how to deliver timely and effective HR services to meet users’ needs.
  • Be able to reflect on own practice and development needs and maintain a plan for personal development.

3. Resourcing talent

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Be able to explain the factors that affect an organisation’s talent planning, recruitment and selection policy.
  • Be able to identify appropriate recruitment and selection methods.
  • Be able to contribute to the recruitment and selection interviewing process for a job role.
  • Understand the importance of effective induction.

4. Recording, analysing and using Human Resources information

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand what data needs to be collected to support HR practices.
  • Know how HR data should be recorded and stored.
  • Be able to analyse HR information and present findings to inform decision-making.

5. Supporting good practice in performance and reward management

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Be able to explain the link between organisational success, performance management and motivation.
  • Be able to explain the relationship between performance management and reward.
  • Be able to contribute to effective performance and reward management in the workplace.
  • Be able to conduct and reflect upon a performance review.

6. Supporting good practice in Managing Employment Relations

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the impact of employment law at the start of the employment relationship.
  • Understand the main individual rights that the employee has during the employment relationship.
  • Understand the issues to address at the termination of the employment relationship.

This qualification is delivered and assessed fully online; for each of the six units you will need to submit an assessment online. The programme typically takes 9 months to complete.

What is the CIPD Level 3 equivalent to?

CIPD Level 3 courses are equivalent to A-Level study, making them a great starting point for a career in human resources. Known as a foundation course, they provide those with little or no human resources knowledge with the skills they require to study the field in greater detail. This could be with a specialist provider like AVADO, at university, or on a high-level apprenticeship.

Key course information:

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Financial options

If you are funding your own studies, you can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two, three or five instalments at no extra charge.

We can also work with you to build a business case to apply for employer funding and can even speak to your company directly if you’d like. For more information, give one of our Course Advisors a call.

*Book your HR or L&D Qualification and spread the cost over 12 monthly payments, interest-free. Representative example for CIPD Foundation Certificate in HR Practice: Loan £2,445.00 over 12 months with 12 monthly payments of £203.75. The total amount repayable will be £2,595.00 which includes a deposit of £150.00. Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.

**Exact package varies by course; all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with AVADO. Any offer of credit will be subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions AVADO is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

“AVADO is the perfect place for an individual who wishes to pursue CIPD. The Virtual Learning Campus (VLC) is user friendly and can be navigated by anyone. The tutor support and student success team were also both excellent.”

Kevin Rodrigues, HR Level 5 Diploma

“The support I received from AVADO and my peers on the course was incredible.
My tutor, was also really helpful throughout. From start-to-finish he was always there to get me through – something that came as a wonderful and welcome surprise for an online course!”

Regaynor Johal, HR Level 5 Certificate

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