CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management

Progress your HR career by qualifying with CIPD Enterprises' only official online learning partner

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  • Ideal for those already working in HR who wish to develop to management level
  • Leads to roles such as HR Advisor or HR Business Partner

Progress your HR career CIPD Level 5

Studying our CIPD HR Level 5 Certificate online allows you to progress your career at a time and place which suits you. Whether you’re looking to get the next qualification under your belt, or to support getting that next promotion, study Human Resources without compromising your current commitments.

Who is it for? Those already working in HR who wish to develop to management level

Qualification: CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management

Location: Online Learning

Duration: Typical completion in 11 months

What is the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate 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 5 Certification online, allowing you to study whenever and wherever you want, and fit study in around your other commitments.

If you’re looking to progress your HR career, the CIPD Level 5 in HR Management qualification will give you a deeper understanding of all aspects of the profession. You will develop your capabilities to evaluate the effectiveness of different HR practices and models as well as increase your understanding of how external factors can impact HR. You will advance your strategic thinking and learn how to utilise data to improve business performance.

On successful completion of the CIPD Level 5 online course, you will gain Associate Membership of the CIPD, allowing you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.

With the CIPD Level 5 qualification, you will gain:

  • A sound understanding of how human resource activities support an organisation’s strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives.
  • A broader perspective of the organisational issues facing those in charge of the management of people within organisations.
  • An understanding of how to analyse human resource information and present findings to inform decision making.


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 5 Intermediate Certificate?

Your course 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 5 Intermediate Certificate

An existing CIPD Level 3 Foundation qualification, or a relevant Level 3 (or higher) qualification plus sufficient experience in an HR role is essential.

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 6.5 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 5 Intermediate Certificate

The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a variety of more senior HR roles.

Upon successful completion of your Intermediate Certificate, you will become an Associate Membership 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

With this qualification on your CV and CIPD Associate Membership, you will be eligible for senior HR roles such as:

HR Analyst or Advisor HR Business Partner
£32,500* £47,500*

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

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 5 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 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management is designed to give you a more comprehensive insight into the HR industry and some of the issues and challenges you may face in your organisation. It will develop your ability to think strategically and improve overall performance.

To gain your CIPD Level 5 Qualification you must complete the following six units:

1. Developing professional practice

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand what is required to be an effective and efficient HR professional.
  • Be able to perform efficiently and effectively as an HR professional.
  • Be able to apply CPD techniques to construct, implement and review a personal development plan.

2. Business issues and the context of HR

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Understand the key contemporary business issues and main external factors affecting different organisations and the impact on HR.
  • Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed.
  • Know how to identify and respond to changes in the business environment.

3. Resourcing and talent planning

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand key contemporary labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning.
  • Be able to undertake talent planning and recruitment activities.
  • Understand how to maximise employee retention.
  • Know how to manage dismissal, redundancy and retirement effectively and lawfully

4. Using information in HR

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the research process and different research approaches.
  • Be able to conduct a critical review of information sources in an area of HR/business practice and analyse the findings.
  • Be able to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate options for change.
  • Know how to deliver clear, business-focused reports on an HR issue.

5. Managing and coordinating the Human Resources function

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the purpose and key objectives of the HR function in contemporary organisations.
  • Understand how HR objectives are delivered in different organisations.
  • Understand how the HR function can be evaluated in terms of value added and organisation performance.
  • Understand the relationship between organisational performance and effective HR management and development.

6. Employment law

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the purpose of employment regulation and the way it is enforced in practice.
  • Know how to manage recruitment and selection activities lawfully.
  • Know how to manage change and reorganisation lawfully.
  • Know how to manage issues relating to pay and working time lawfully.
  • Be able to ensure that staff are treated lawfully when they are at work.
  • Know how to manage performance and disciplinary matters lawfully.

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 11 months to complete.

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • CIPD Level 5 Certification – comparable to studying at Degree level
  • Six units with six tutor-marked assignments. There are different types of assessment tailored to the content of the unit.

Free Learning

Our HR courses have been designed with rich assets and bite-size content to make learning memorable and easy to fit into your day.

Here is an example of an animation, about Performance Management – Traditional vs Modern approach. Watch below for free.

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.

“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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