Associate Diploma in People Management Level 5 CIPD


Course Overview

Become the office superpower with advanced CIPD qualifications, and fast track your earning potential in the HR and L&D industry!

Are you ready to take the next steps in your HR career? If so, the Associate Diploma in People Practice Level 5 will teach you the knowledge and skills required for a mid-level career in senior people management.

Champion the workplace with our new CIPD courses. As an HR professional, you can help develop a positive business culture and guide your business and employees towards long-term success through good strategy and by implementing fundamental HR initiatives.

If you’re an established HR professional looking to move into a managerial role, or you’ve studied HR and want to expand your knowledge further, this HR training course is ideal for you. Not only will earn an internationally recognised qualification but this training course also leads to CIPD Associate Membership.

New to HR or people management? Check out our Foundation Certificate in People Practice Level 3 CIPD training course.

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The CIPD membership is prestigious and internationally respected, and its members are the most in-demand professionals in the world. It is the only HR body that can award Chartered status, giving you an edge throughout your career. You’ll join a community of 150,000 knowledgeable HR and L&D professionals across 120 countries, and benefit from exclusive access to insights and guidance from industry experts.


Is the Associate Diploma in People Practice Level 5 course right for me?

Are you naturally good with people and passionate about equality and helping get the most out of individuals? If so, this People Practice CIPD training course would suit you perfectively.

You will develop management skills, knowledge of people practice and strategic expertise but if you already have knowledge of these areas it would be advantageous.

Career Opportunities

What jobs can I apply for after my Certificate in People Practice training?

Once completed, you’ll be awarded CIPD Associate Membership, and you can use the designation “Associate CIPD” after your name.

The CIPD Associate Diploma will help you on your journey to maximising your earning potential in HR. The average UK salary for a Lead HR Manager is £52,805 p.a.

(Source: PayScale).

Studying for your Associate Diploma in People Practice Level 5 CIPD, makes you eligible for a range of advanced HR and L&D job roles, including:

  • HR Administrator
  • HR Associate
  • HR Representative
  • HR Analyst
  • Facilitator
  • Training Deliverer
  • Learning Administrator

Syllabus & Exam

Learning Level: Advance your career within HR and L&D
Equivalent to: Degree
UCAS Points: 42 Credits

Average completion: 12-15 months
Max duration: 18 months
Start Date: You can start your course at any time
Entry Requirements: Some HR Experience or a degree

Modules: 7 (3 core, 3 specialist, 1 optional)
Accreditation: CIPD Associate
Exam: No exams. There are four end of module assignments you’ll be assessed on. Your tutor will mark this for you to revise before submitting to CIPD.
Guided learning hrs: 175

Associate Diploma in People Practice Level 5 Syllabus

Unit 1: Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the connections between organisational structure and strategy

Understand organisational priorities, how to interpret theories and what drives change

Understand how to build diversity and inclusion

Understand how people practice connects and supports wider strategies

Unit 2: Evidence-Based Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the methods re-applied to diagnose challenges and opportunities

Understand critical thinking and how different ethical perspectives can influence decisions

Understand the benefits and risks of solutions for improving people practice issues

Understand how to measure the impact people practice makes to organisations

Unit 3: Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand how to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies

Understand how to design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships

Understand how the role of a people professional is evolving

Understand how to assess your own strengths, weaknesses, and development areas

Unit 4: Employment Relationship Management

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand how to develop practices aimed at supporting better working lives

Understand how to differentiate between employee involvement and participation

Understand emerging trends in conflict, mediation, and arbitration

Understand performance, disciplinary and grievance matters

Understand employment law and the types of employee representation

Unit 5: Talent Management and Workforce Planning

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning

Understand the impact of a changing labour market on resourcing decisions

Understand supporting succession and contingency planning

Understand turnover and retention trends, and how organisations build talent pools

Understand the importance of managing contractual arrangements and onboarding

Unit 6: Reward for Performance and Contribution

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the principles of reward and how policies and practices are implemented

Understand how people and organisational performance impacts approaches to reward

Understand how data can be gathered and measured and used in benchmarking

Understand how to develop reward packages and the legislative requirements that impact them

Understand the role of people practice in supporting managers to make reward judgements

Unit 7: Leadership and Management Development

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the relevance of leadership and management and the knowledge, skills and behaviours required

Understand a range of different learning and development initiatives in developing leaders and managers

Understand the effectiveness of leadership and management development initiatives

Associate Diploma in People Practice Level 5 Exam Details

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management.

Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 5 in England and Northern Ireland. Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW) Level 5 in Wales. Comparable to Level 7 in Ireland, Level 9 in Scotland, Level 5 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

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