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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational L&D (Online Live)

Expand your knowledge of L&D with a combination of core units and specialist areas and get an individual plan.

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18 months · Part-time
CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development
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If you want to improve your training and L&D skills to enhance your career prospects, then there is no better place to start than the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development.

Comprising seven units in total, three of which are core units based on the CIPD Profession Map, a further three to develop specialist L&D knowledge and one optional unit from a variety of topics, the Diploma can take as little as 12 months to complete and leads to CIPD Associate Membership.

Watson Martin is one of the few CIPD centres which has offered the full range of L&D units for many years. We only use expert tutors who specialise in Learning & Development and Organisational Performance so studying with us for this qualification is definitely the right choice.

"Very informative and lots of interaction which is great. Trainers were helpful and made things very clear."


CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

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The qualification is designed specifically to help you become an L&D specialist and while ideal for those who are already working in a people practice role, it also provides an excellent learning opportunity if you want to enter the profession.


The benefits of a CIPD Associate qualification:

  • Increases job opportunities
  • Boost your earning potential
  • Enhances your credibility at work
  • Leads to CIPD Associate Membership

Study support:


Our workshop programmes provide an ideal learning environment in which expert trainers present and facilitate practical activities, encourage group discussions and collaborative learning and offer opportunities for networking.

1-1 Personal Adviser

Your one-to-one personal adviser will work with you to agree a plan for your programme.

This includes discussing the assessment task and developing a study plan for the unit.

Virtual Learning Environment

Work through the learning resources on our Virtual Learning Environment.

Access a range of materials, including study guides, articles, videos, as well as activities and links to further reading.

Anytime, anywhere on any device – 24/7 access will be available throughout your programme.

Support Tutorials

Attend our online drop-in tutorials for extra support.

An opportunity to ask an expert and get the answers you need.

Tutorials are available throughout your programme.

Assessment & Feedback

You will complete written assignments for every unit of your programme.

We will provide you with lots of support and guidance to complete each unit.

Your adviser will provide you with thorough feedback on each assignment submitted and advise where amendments may be needed so that you can successfully complete each unit.

Study Skills Webinars

Access our new study skills webinars including topics such as Critical Analysis and Writing, How to Study Effectively and Report Writing Skills.

Designed to enhance your existing skills and discover new ones.

Available 24/7 and can be watched at anytime on any device.

"My tutor Amanda was so amazing throughout my studies and I am really grateful to her. Naturally her subject knowledge and experience in the field was exhaustive, but she was so approachable and warm too. She always made herself available for queries in no time and I was thrilled with how quickly she completed the module feedback. She was also so supportive. I had some health issues in the middle of my study period, was really struggling and freaking out about completing on time. Her support (and Watson Martin's flexibility) really put my mind at ease and helped so so much. I was able to take the break I needed and then re-start when I was able to enjoy the content instead of just completing the assignments as a tick box exercise." Is Smith

Who is this course for?

The CIPD Associate Diploma is designed for current or aspiring L&D practitioners who wish to further develop their career in the profession, maximise their potential by becoming CIPD qualified and achieving Associate Membership of the CIPD. The programme can be undertaken anywhere in the UK, or worldwide as CIPD qualifications are increasingly becoming the world’s leading quality benchmark for L&D professionals.

Contact our expert Team, who will be happy to offer advice on the qualification that is right for you and get you started on developing the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your career ambitions.

Becoming CIPD qualified will open opportunities for you to significantly advance your career and earnings potential.


You may have already completed a CIPD Foundation Certificate or Diploma and be ready to undertake a more advanced level of study; you may be a graduate embarking on the start of your HR career or you may be an experienced HR practitioner looking to formalise your existing knowledge and skills with a recognised qualification. The CIPD Associate Diploma will consolidate your knowledge and skills, stretch your learning, help boost your confidence in academic writing and practice study skills to support your professional development and transition to the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

Career path

The CIPD Associate Diploma in Learning and Development is equivalent to a second year undergraduate degree programme and could be the stepping stone to move onto CIPD Advanced Level 7 study.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, 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.

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.

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.

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.