CIPD Foundation Certificate in Learning and Development (Level 3)

CIPD Foundation Certificate in Learning and Development (Level 3)

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CIPD Foundation Certificate in Learning and Development (Level 3)

CIPD Foundation Certificate in Learning and Development (Level 3)

The Certificate in Learning and Development (CLD) is the first step to a professional career in human resources development. Learning and development (L&D) specialists help people develop new skills so they stay motivated and productive in their roles, while developing their skills and knowledge. This course provides a firm foundation in all the areas of Learning and Development including its impact on business sustainability. It will help you develop essential skills and give you the confidence to be more effective at work and add value to your HR or Learning and Development function. 

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. It has over 135,000 members internationally who work in HR and learning and development. As a member of the CIPD, you can keep you up to date on the latest developments in people management and development. As a professional body the CIPD supports their members, set the standards for professional qualifications and advise individuals and businesses on how to manage their people effectively and fairly. 

The learning is delivered through weekly group classes with experienced CIPD qualified tutors and guest speakers. Some guided learning and independent study is expected in addition to the taught hours and there is also an element of group project work. 

This course is for you if you: 

  • want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into L&D
  • work in L&D at a support level, but do not hold a formal L&D qualification
  • aspire to become a professional member of the CIPD
  • are a line manager, with responsibility for people management and development.
Duration 31 weeks
Study mode Part Time
Start date 09/09/2019
Campus Printworks Campus
Course code 70506-01
Fee £1,250

What you learn

The course contains 6 modules. The focus is on practical application, along with the exploration of underpinning models and theories that inform best practice. 

  • Becoming an Effective Learning and Development Practitioner
  • Learning and Development and the Organisation
  • Identifying Learning and Development Needs
  • Delivering Learning and Development Activities
  • Designing Learning and Development Activities
  • Evaluating Learning and Development Activities


How you will be assessed

There are no “exams” as such. Assessment is through submission of reports (1,200 – 1,500 words), presentations and observation of students carrying out practical activities, throughout the course. You will also need to demonstrate your ongoing commitment to professional development by keeping up to date plans and records.

It helps if you are working in a HR or L&D environment and have access to organisational policies and practices, but it is not essential. If you’re not working in a HR or L&D environment, you may need to spend additional time researching.

Guidance will be given on how to prepare and deliver suitable reports and presentations. 

Feedback will be given on all assessed work and students are expected to use the feedback to develop their written and presentation skills further as part of their continuous development as professionals.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will be working in a human resources, learning and development environment, or have people development responsibilities.

Applications are welcome from people who can demonstrate relevant previous work experience.

3 GCSEs or equivalent. (Accreditation of prior learning and experience is taken into account)

If you are not in a training/teaching type environment you may find it useful to locate a workplace mentor who can offer informal support.

What's Next

Hit the ‘Apply Here’ button to begin the enrolment process and secure your place. Alternatively complete the enquiry form or call the College on 113 386 1997 and ask to speak to the CIPD Course Leader.

Campus Locations

Printworks Campus

Hunslet Road
West Yorkshire
LS10 1JY
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.7 MilesWebsite