CIPD Fast Track Intermediate Certificate in HRM Level 5 - Online Delivery

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Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management (QCF) HR
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In response to high demand, our new fast track Intermediate Certificate in HRM has been developed to get candidates through their qualification quickly but without compromising on the level of quality support.

The programme provides total flexibility. We offer immediate start dates so you can join up whenever you like and begin learning from the comfort of your own home or office. An introduction to the programme followed by seven live webinars will get you on the road to your CIPD qualification.

From then on you work with our CIPD experts, using quality reference materials and with 24/7 access to our online portal – the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Throughout your learning you will be supported by your own personal adviser. Six one-to-one meetings delivered via Skype or telephone will provide you with expert advice for each unit.

By joining our thriving fast track community you will also gain access to a team of advisers with expertise in each of the HR areas and a regularly updated FAQ on the VLE.

Our practical approach to assessment allows you to tackle each unit using your own work-based experiences to complete your assignments rather than simply relying on academic theory. There are no exam units at Intermediate level.

Learn from the very best in the business. Our candidates regularly achieve 98% pass rates* and our programmes consistently achieve outstanding quality assurance ratings from the CIPD.

We believe this is because we have developed a unique and rigorous process which begins with a diagnostic consultation at the start of any learning engagement. We ensure candidates are mapped to the correct qualification and then work with them every step of the way to help them achieve the highest possible pass rate.

How is This Course Delivered?

The fast track Intermediate Certificate offers ultimate flexibility – switch between your computer, tablet or smartphone and login whenever and wherever you choose to access quality learning materials.

Online yet still supported – the programme includes six one-to-one sessions with your personal adviser which will be used to discuss work based activities that demonstrate understanding, review your submissions, monitor progress and plan your next units.

Here is a typical candidate journey although please note that you can complete the units in any order and choose from 14 different options to complement current issues in your workplace. The programme kicks off with one introductory session followed by seven live webinars! If L&D is your passion, the fast track programme offers all the available HR Development modules.


Programme induction

CIPD live induction webinar

MONTH 1 – 2

Developing Professional Practice

Live webinar

1:1 with personal adviser

Guided reading, access to the VLE and online platforms

Unit feedback

Final submission and assessment

MONTH 2 – 3

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources

Live webinar

1:1 with personal adviser

Guided reading, access to the VLE and online platforms

Unit feedback

Final submission and assessment

MONTH 3 – 4

Using Information in Human Resources

Live webinar

1:1 with personal adviser

Guided reading, access to the VLE and online platforms

Unit feedback

Final submission and assessment

MONTH 4 – 5

Employment Law

Live webinar

1:1 with personal adviser

Guided reading, access to the VLE and online platforms

Unit feedback

Final submission and assessment

MONTH 5 – 6

Resource and Talent Planning

Live webinar

1:1 with personal adviser

Guided reading, access to the VLE and online platforms

Unit feedback

Final submission and assessment

MONTH 6 – 7

Improving Organisation Performance

Live webinar

1:1 with personal adviser

Guided reading, access to the VLE and online platforms

Unit feedback

Final submission and assessment

= CIPD Associate Membership


Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management (QCF) HR


Candidates wanting to study for a fast track Intermediate Certificate must complete all 3 core units (14 credits) plus optional units totalling 18 credits from the list below. At least 12 credits must come from Group A, while up to 6 credits can come from Group B. The total number of credits required is 32.

Core Units

Developing Professional Practice– understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by human resource professionals. (4 credits)

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources – understand developments within the business and external contexts in which HR operates. (4 credits)

Using Information in Human Resources – present a viable and realistic case for improvement based on work-based research and good practice. (4 credits)

Optional Units – Group A

Resourcing and Talent Planning – supporting sustained organisation performance through attracting, retaining and, managing employee departure. (6 credits)

Reward Management – the context that drives reward strategies and policies, including labour market, industrial, geographical and sector trends, in pay. (6 credits)

Improving Organisational Performance – involving line managers in sustained organisational performance by creating a high-performance work organisation. (6 credits)

Employee Engagement – components of employee engagement and how high levels of engagement can be secured and sustained within an organisation. (6 credits)

Contemporary developments in Employee Relations – understand developments that influence the management of the employment relationship in organisations. (6 credits)

Employment Law – introduce areas of employment legislation, the employment law system, and ways in which HR activities are subjected to regulation. (6 credits)

Managing and Coordinating the HR Function – the role of HR in organisations in general terms. (6 credits)

Organisation Design: Implications for HR – understanding how to ensure that an organisation is designed to deliver sustainable organisation performance. (3 credits)

Organisational Development: Implications for HR – exploring how to enable sustained organisation performance through the involvement of its people. (3 credits)

HR Service Delivery – understand how different HR service delivery models contribute to facilitating and supporting sustained organisational performance. (3 credits)

Optional Units – Group B

Using Facilitation Skills – 6

Implementing Coaching and Mentoring – 6

Developing Leadership and Management Skills – 6

Developing and Using Consultancy Skills – 6

Who is this course for?

Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a graduate working in the profession at a more operational level, this qualification will increase your knowledge and HR management skills.

Our fast track approach is ideal if you want to:

  • move up the career ladder quickly – our fast track route can be completed up to six months faster than conventional learning methods
  • become a CIPD Associate Member within six to eight months
  • boost your skills and knowledge to an intermediate level
  • prefer assessment based on your work experiences
  • study at a time and place that suits you.

Not sure if this qualification is right for you? Send us your CV or job description for a no obligation diagnostic session with one of our experts.


There are no formal entry requirements for this programme. However candidates should be able to demonstrate good written English and have some interest in HR and people management issues.

Career path

The CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resources Management is an intermediate level qualification and is a good gateway to higher level qualifications and a successful career in HR or line management. Potentially candidates may move onto level 7 qualifications which will equip them to move into the higher levels of HR management.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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