| 231 Posts


28 Jan, 2015 16:15


I'm after a bit of help if possible.

I started my studies in 2010 when it was the professional Development Scheme and completed People Management and Development and the Management research report.

Due to changing roles, I then took a break and when I returned to my studies the qualification had changed so I had to complete the 'transition program' to ensure I didn't have to start at square 1. So I completed:         

- Skills for business leadership.                 

- Managing in a strategic business context.   

- Managing & leading people.

At the point of taking these exams I had a 6 month old baby, so took a further break (maternity leave, and adjusting to my new busier life! lol) I was told that in order to achieve 'graduate' status I would just need to complete the 4 electives - Great!        

I have today contacted the college to find out about starting the electives to be told the standards have changed again and I now have to complete 5 specific modules and I must start them before 1st July this year otherwise everything I have already studied will not count towards graduate status.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this? I don't have a lot of faith in the college getting it right and I'm starting to feel like I'm going to have to study hundreds of modules in order to qualify because the goalposts keep moving!


Kim :)
  • Not much help but I think you are right to be concerned - if they are saying you need to start before 1st July to enable accreditation of prior learning en-route to graduate status they obviously don't have a clue that Graduate Membership was abolished in 2014.
  • Paul

    | 38 Posts

    Chartered Member

    29 Jan, 2015 10:06

    Have you contacted the CIPD membership and qualifications team directly to gain a second opinion or obtain further advice? 020 886 126 208

  • Nicki

    | 3 Posts

    CIPD Staff

    29 Jan, 2015 11:29

    Hi Kim

    I read through your post and it's great to hear you would like to resume your studies.

    In order to guide you through the process, it would be better to speak with you so that I could review your individual student record and see what you've completed so far and what you would need to study.

    I'll be out of the office this afternoon but back in from tomorrow at 9:00, if you could email me at n.townsend@cipd.co.uk and let me know your contact telephone number and the best time to call, I would be happy to chat this through with you.

    All the best,

    Nicki Townsend, Student Administration



  • Steve Bridger

    | 7571 Posts

    Community Manager

    29 Jan, 2015 11:35

    Thanks for posting, Nicki.
  • Kim

    | 231 Posts


    2 Feb, 2015 16:30

    Thanks for the responses. I did contact the CIPD directly and had a response confirming that I need to study 4 elective modules, not the 5 that MOL suggested, but that I do need to commence studies before the end of July this year, which I am unlikely to be able to do....


  • Kim

    | 231 Posts


    9 Feb, 2015 11:52

    Hi Nicki,


    MOL are still saying I need to study 5 modules despite me forwarding then the email from the CIPD! Would it be ok to email you directly on this one?




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