FAQs: Getting a CIPD qualification

first_img Comments are closed. PhilBoucher answers your most Frequently Asked Questions about studying for – andachieving – CIPD qualifications.Wherecan I do a CIPD course?Thereare over 400 CIPD approved centres nationwide. Course structure and costs varybetween all of them so it is best to check what’s available locally and findone that most closely matches your budget and course requirements. Todo this you will have to contact the centres directly. A list of relevantplaces can be found by contacting the CIPD professional education department on020-8263 3313 or e-mailing [email protected] visiting www.cipd.co.ukCanI study part-time or at home?Asmost people who undertake a course are already working, the CIPD has made itvery easy to study part-time, in block release or through a distance-learningprogramme. Full-time courses are also available, although all applicants arevetted for their suitability.Furtherinformation can be found via the CIPD flexible learning department on 020-82633340 or e-mail [email protected] can I take?Thoselooking for a general personnel qualification can take certificate courses ineither personnel practice (CPP) or training practice (CTP). These have beenspecifically designed as entry point qualifications for students who want athorough grounding in HR basics. Theyare open to people from any background who would like to improve their peoplemanagement skills. So a typical course will involve line managers, personalassistants and clerical staff alongside new HR recruits. Whatabout a more in-depth course?Formore in-depth study, the CIPD professional qualification structure (PQS)provides the opportunity to study more specialised areas. Thishas three components: –        core personnel and development–        core management–        specialist and generalist personnel and development. Thefirst two of these account for 55 per cent of the total programme and require300 hours of study.Corepersonnel and development provides an overview of the whole range of workcarried out within the personnel and development area. Coremanagement covers the skills required by middle management.Theremaining 45 per cent of the course is taken up by specialist and generalistpersonnel and development. PQS students are required to take four modules froma choice of 25 specialist subject areas that are designed to meet eachcandidate’s needs and interests. Studentscan choose from a personnel management route, a training and development routeor a mixed bag of electives.Whathappens after I’ve done a CIPD course?Onceyou’ve completed the PQS course you will receive graduate membership of theCIPD. After three years of working in a relevant field this is upgraded tomembership status (MCIPD).Upgradingto fellowship status (FCIPD) requires a minimum of 10 years of relevantmanagement experience and approved continuing professional development (CPD).Whatif I have small gaps in my knowledge or simply want a refresher course?Thereare a number of short courses to choose from as well as a wide range ofseminars on particular topics. These are ideal for introducing you to thebasics of a subject and keeping you in touch with all the latest developments.TheCIPD training department also has a programme of courses that run throughoutthe year alongside the more in-depth Certificate in Training Practice. Forinformation call 020-8263 3313 or e-mail [email protected] get exemptions if I have other qualifications such as an MA or an NVQ?TheCIPD does take appropriate previous qualifications into account, but these musthave covered at least 80 per cent of the competencies detailed within the CIPDsyllabus (known as the CIPD Professional Standards).Ifyou have a management-based qualification and are interested in taking a coremanagement course, you have to contact the approved centre first to see ifthese conditions apply. Forall other qualifications and further information contact the CIPD membershipdepartment on 020-8263 3826 or e-mail [email protected] ask for details of the assessment of prior certificate learning.Ihave been working in HR for five years. Can I get exemptions on the basis of myexperience?Theprofessional assessment route is available for candidates who are seekingmembership on the basis of their experience. Thisgives experienced HR people the chance to measure their competence against theCIPD Professional Standards and gain a professional qualification from theInstitute without sitting formal exams.Thisroute is only open to highly experienced HR or training professionals who wouldnot benefit from undertaking a course. To be eligible, candidates have todemonstrate five to 10 years of managerial level experience.Thisincludes:– a demonstrable involvement in policy making and its implementation at regionallevel– a professional interpretation of current legislation– an understanding of company strategy and its relation to HR– evidence of influencing senior management or key decision-makers. Onaverage this will take somewhere between six and 12 months. For furtherinformation call the CIPD membership development department on 020-8263 3353 ore-mail [email protected] will it take to get a CIPD qualification?Atypical part-time course will take from two to two-and-a-half years tocomplete. But depending on the way you have chosen to study, the course couldtake anywhere from one to three years. It all relates to the amount offlexibility you want to build into the course and whether you want to turn yourattention to it full-time, or simply after work and at the weekends.Thereis also a lot of flexibility in terms of enrolment and examinations dates.There are two exam sessions in November and May but these vary if you aretaking short-term courses.Enrolmenttakes place in September and January for the main PQS courses but runsthroughout the year for many of the others. Tofind out what’s available locally, contact the CIPD professional educationdepartment on 020-8263 3313 or e-mail [email protected] will my employer have?Inmost instances people are supported and subsidised through the schemes by theiremployers. And in a lot of cases the employers actually push their staff to doa course as it is seen as a license to practice by many of them.Thosewho want to convince their employers to send them on a course should simplyoutline the business benefits it will have. Many employers believe the coursesprovide skills that underpin people’s day-to-day work. Previous Article Next Article FAQs: Getting a CIPD qualificationOn 21 Jan 2002 in Auto-enrolment, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more