CIPD Advanced or Intermediate Diploma in HRM?

Hi all,


I am currently working as a HR Administrator (inducting staff, admin, reviewing company policies, health & safety etc.) and am keen to progress onto Advisor level as soon as possible (eventually Management level). I have a background working in Retail Management and have been in my current role for a little over 2 years.

From experience what level qualification would be more appropriate at the moment? I would love to do the advanced level however I don't know how challenging this will be as I don't have any HR management experience?

I am nearing the end of my Foundation Certificate and while it was informative I did not find it as challenging as I would have liked. I also attempted an intermediate level award in employment law but cancelled my course as it was not to the level I had wanted.

I would appreciate any advice!


  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    18 Sep, 2013 13:44

    Hi Lucie,

    Some other things to bear in mind, too. See...

    CIPD Advanced Certificate or Diploma? What's the difference?


  • Hi Steve

    Point of enquiry Steve as they say in America, having just read your previous posting on the topic, what about the HR Professional postgraduate level? given its' depth of experience in relation to Diploma/Master Foundation level. Should it be appropriate for MCIP level?



  • Lucie,

     I have completed the level 5 intermediate diploma in HRM and have just started the level 7 advanced diploma! Currently I am working as HR assistant in a small organisation and have been for 2 years.

    I wouldn't say that management experience is needed for the level 7, many of the others in my class do not have even the level of experience in HR that I do. It is important I think to ensure that you keep up to date with all the goings on in HR and speak with your employers to get their support.....and yes be prepared for some hard work...the level 7 is post graduate level (this is what my tutors have been preaching a lot!!)

     Good luck :)


  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    24 Sep, 2013 00:07

    In reply to Nicola Graham:


    I've taken advice on this one, but we're not 100% certain we're on the same wavelength given how you've phrased the question.

    We can confirm that the CIPD Advanced Level Diploma qualifications or a CIPD approved University Postgraduate qualification does give the 'underpinning knowledge' towards Chartered membership.  

    You mention the "Diploma/Master Foundation level". Hmm... while we do have Foundation Diploma qualifications, these give the underpinning knowledge towards 'Associate' membership. 

    Is this any help? Please say so, if not and I'll pass your query on.


  • Hi Steve

    Thanks for responding to my enquiry. You have in away help when you said a CIPD approved university Postgraduate qualification does give the  'underpinning knowledge' towards Chartered membership. However, my curiosity centred/centered on your previous statement on the 5th of September 2013 when you said:

     "an Advanced Certificate is 4 modules, whereas an Advanced Diploma is 8 modulesTherefore, the difference is about the amount and breadth of learning required - they are both the same level. The Advanced Diploma is equivalent to a university postgraduate Diploma".

    So, if someone with an Advanced Diploma postgraduate level can gain a Chartered Membership, what about  someone with HR Professional postgraduate level given the depth of knowledge, skills and breadth of specialisation of the latter?

    I have mentioned Diploma and Master degree Foundation (12 months study) because some Foundations courses may have the same number of modules and breadth of learning.


  • L

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    17 Oct, 2013 16:09



    I'm studying my Level 5 HR Diploma in HRM, I've been thrown in at the deep end as many usually do the level 3 first! 

    I highly recommend it,  it's useful getting into a company that may support your learning and possibly part fund it/ fully fund it.


    I attend Thursday afternoon and evening and it's helping me develop so much in my HR career and once I have completed I can look to become a HR advisor- 2 years into my first career in HR.


    Hope this helps.


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