I have a volunteer in my department. She is a graduate (non HR-related degree) and a bright and hard-working person who could do very well in HR if she can get onto the career ladder. She is finding that as well as wanting experience, employers now expect applicants to be CIPD qualified. The quickest way to get a certificate in her hand would be to do the CPP but she is definitely capable of starting at Intermediate level. In the long term, skipping a stage will save her time and money, but it will take her longer to be able to say she holds a CIPD qualification.
Are there any recruiters out there who could let me know the value they put on lower level qualifications for entry level jobs? Is my volunteer better off getting the CPP as quickly as possible or opting for the higher level qualification which will take longer to get?
The second issue: who to study with. Once upon a time, the CIPD designated certain course providers as centres of excellence. This seems to have disappeared. Can they all be of a similar standard? My volunteer is looking into distance learning. Does anyone out there have any feedback on getting qualified via distance learning?
All comments will be gratefully received!