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CIPD Level 5 Associate Core Unit: Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

This is one of the seven units required for the Associate Diploma in People Management or Organisational L&D

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
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This unit focuses on how applying core professional behaviours such as ethical practice, courage and inclusivity can build positive working relationships and support employee voice and well-being. It considers how developing and mastering new professional behaviours and practice can impact performance.

This is a core unit under the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management or Organisational Learning and Development. You must complete a total of 7 units to get certified for the full Diploma.


CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Regulated by Ofqual


You will explore professional and ethical behaviours in the context of people practice by appraising what it means to be a people professional, how personal and ethical values can be applied, including contributing to discussions with confidence and conviction to influence others. You will learn how to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies, arguing the human and business benefits of inclusive behaviours and the right to be fairly treated at work. Additionally, you will design and evaluate solutions aimed at building positive working relationships. Finally, you will demonstrate personal commitment to learning, professional development and performance improvement by exploring how the role of a people professional is evolving. You will also assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas and formulate a range of CPD activities to support your learning journey.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  • Be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behaviours, in the context of people practice.
  • Be able to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies for building positive working relationships.
  • Be able to demonstrate personal commitment to learning, professional development and performance improvement.

Who is this course for?

This unit is suitable for persons who:

  • are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people management
  • are working in a people practice role and wish to contribute their knowledge and skills to help shape organisational value
  • are working towards or working in a people manager role


You’ll need a passion for helping and developing others and whilst you don’t need formal qualifications, some HR or line management experience is beneficial. Contact our expert team, who will be happy to offer advice on what is right for you and get you started on developing the knowledge and skills you need to help you on your way to achieving your career ambitions.

Career path

Studying towards the Associate Diploma in People Management or L&D will help raise your credibility as an HR professional. Upon completion of this unit you will have completed one of the units needed to achieve the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma and upon completion of the Diploma you’ll be awarded CIPD Associate Membership. The full qualification is awarded when all 7 units are completed.

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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 Reed Courses, 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.

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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.