CIPD Level 3 foundation certificate in people practice


1 Year / 6 Months (£1,950)


Instalment Plans are available to learners paying their own fees.


There is a range of financial support options available for applicants. For more information, click here.


Additional costs

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Course Overview

The Certificate in People Practice is a foundation programme designed to reflect the CIPD Profession Map and the professional membership criteria.


The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop learners’ knowledge and skills to build their expertise, inspiring them to undertake tactical tasks that deliver value.


The programme provides a firm foundation in all areas of people practice and an understanding of those practices in a business context. It will help you develop practical, essential people practice skills and give you the confidence to be more assertive at work and add value to your function.  The Certificate is a competence-based qualification which will require you to complete a variety of assessments for all of the four units.


If you have any questions, require any further information, or would like to attend an information session please contact Sally Mack at CIPD@nhc.ac.uk or 01462 443065.

Who will benefit? 

This qualification introduces an understanding and application in people practice. Learners will build their confidence and knowledge aimed at being able to contribute to immediate colleagues, customers and the organisation; supporting change and driving impact, to create immediate and short-term value.


Course objectives 

This qualification is ideal for those who:

  • Are studying, aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people practice.
  • Are working in a people practice role and wish to develop their knowledge and deliver immediate and short-term value for their organisation
  • Wish to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a people professional
  • Are joining a L3 apprenticeship programme

Course content

  • 3CO01  Business, culture and change in context
  • 3CO02  Principles of analytics
  • 3CO03  Core behaviours for people professionals
  • 3CO04  Essentials of people practice


Mode of Delivery

The programme is delivered using a combination of teaching on a unit basis and independent study, guided learning over a period of approximately 25 weeks (afternoon and evening) or 50 weeks (afternoon only or evening only).
Students are expected to match the teaching delivery with independent study.


This is an assessment-based qualification which includes a range of assignments from skills, written assignments assessed ‘in classroom’ and virtual learning environment activities such as case studies, online discussions, blogs and wikis.

Course delivery – on campus

This course is delivered at our sister organisation –  North Hertfordshire College’s campus in Stevenage. It provides a rich study environment where you can collaborate with other learners and draw on each other’s experiences, through workshops and one-to-one tutorials.



10th September 2024

Entry requirements

Acceptance on to the course is via an interview with the Programme Manager.


It is useful but not essential that students have access to people practice policies and practices and can liaise with practitioners to support successful completion of assignments.


Learners must also satisfy the requirements for a sufficient standard of writing skills assessed by an interview with the Programme Manager.


Link to professional registration

If you have the relevant professional experience you can apply to become a professional member of the CIPD.

For more information about our CIPD courses or to apply please complete our contact form

Or contact us on cipd@nhc.ac.uk or call 01462 424242


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