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New CIPD qualifications create gold standard for the people profession

8 Feb 2021 By PM Editorial

The qualifications are a crucial way of ensuring those working in the field have the confidence and credibility to lead the way in a fast-changing world, says Peter Cheese

The CIPD has launched its long-awaited new qualifications – and they promise to be a game-changer for the people profession. 

Based on the new Profession Map, which distils the insight of 19,000 experts, the qualifications help set a new gold standard for HR. Designed by professionals, for professionals, their real-world focus looks set to help forward- thinking organisations thrive in challenging times. 

For the CIPD’s CEO Peter Cheese, the qualifications represent a crucial way of ensuring people professionals have the confidence and credibility to lead the way in a fast-changing world. “We’re delivering the international standard for skills, competencies and behaviours,” he says, “and these new qualifications provide clear career progression for all people professionals.” 

Offering specialist skills

Five qualifications are on offer, at three levels: foundation, associate and advanced

A foundation certificate in people practice helps students build their knowledge and gain the skills to support change in the workplace. 

Meanwhile, associate and advanced qualifications help professionals focus on either HR or L&D specialisms. Students will develop in-depth knowledge and strategic thinking skills, along with the tools to plot their path to the top of the profession. 

With a range of optional units also available, including diversity and inclusion, wellbeing at work and advanced employment law in practice, students also have the opportunity to tailor their experience to suit their professional passions and ambitions. 

The benefits don’t end there, either. On registering for a qualification, students also gain a CIPD student membership and access to a world of resources to support their studies and grow their network.

On completion of a qualification, they’ll be awarded membership at foundation or associate grades, depending on the qualification they’ve studied for. With an advanced qualification, and relevant experience, they may also be eligible to apply for Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow status. 

Looking to the future

Flexible study options – including studying entirely online – help professionals address some of the challenges of career development in the new normal. But, as Cheese points out, these qualifications have their sights firmly fixed on the future of the profession.

“The development of our profession has never been more important,” he says. “And the key to better work and working lives is to have confident and qualified people professionals at the heart of business and decision making, championing better work and working lives for all. These qualifications represent an important step towards that goal.”

To find out more about the new qualifications, visit the CIPD website.

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