Advice needed for someone starting out in HR


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Chartered Fellow

8 Apr, 2013 13:52

Hello everyone

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!



  • Ben Goulding

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    Community Manager

    9 Apr, 2013 14:53

    Hi Elizabeth

    My name’s Annie and I work in the Qualifications’ Team at the CIPD.

    The CPP was replaced in 2010 by the Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice.  Information about all current CIPD qualifications can be found at http://www.cipd.co.uk/qualifications/

    In terms of whether it would be advisable for the volunteer in your department to study for a Foundation or an Intermediate level qualification, it might be worth taking a look at the possible study centres for each at http://www.cipd.co.uk/qualifications/where-qualified

    You can search here for centres by area, qualification and study mode.  Each centre will offer a diagnostic to prospective candidates to ascertain the most appropriate level of study.

    The CIPD Centres of Excellence was discontinued by the CIPD in 2007.  Just to clarify, these were Centres of Research Excellence and did not reflect on standards of teaching across centres.

    I hope this helps.

    All the best


  • Elizabeth

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    Chartered Fellow

    10 Apr, 2013 15:17

    Thanks so much for coming back to me.
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