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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management (Online, Self-Paced)

Are you ready to take your HR career to the next level with a game-changing qualification?

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18 months · Self-paced
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18 months
CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
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There is nothing like a prestigious professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development to encourage employers to take notice when you are applying for an HR role.

Ideal for those who want to improve their people management skills and knowledge, the Level 5 qualification comprises seven units in total, three of which are core units based on the CIPD Profession Map, a further three to develop specialist HR knowledge and one optional unit from a range of topics.

Our Diploma programme can be completed in as little as 9 months and leads to that all important CIPD Associate Membership, now only available with Level 5 and Level 7 qualifications.

"Elaine was my mentor and I felt truly supported in the very strange times we've been through whilst I've been studying with Watson Martin. Fabulous, thorough and very worthwhile - thank you!" Samantha-Jane Smith


CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Regulated by Ofqual

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The CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management will help you achieve your career goals and enhance your credibility by building a deeper understanding of HR practice.

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:

24/7 online learning. We appreciate that some of our candidates prefer to learn at their own pace from home, an office or even while on the move commuting.

If this is you, then our online programme will meet your learning needs. The key aspect of this delivery mode is that it allows you to study anywhere at any time to suit you and you can access learning materials and recorded content on the VLE from any device, 24/7. You will also be supported by a personal adviser.

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.

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 was so helpful, always available to contact and she really helped me understand what was expected." Jessica Gregor

Who is this course for?

The CIPD Associate Diploma is designed for current or aspiring HR practitioners who wish to further develop their career in HR, 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 HR 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.

"So refreshing to get to the end of a long zoom session still connected to the subject/content!" Charlotte Jacobs


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 People Management is equivalent to a second year undergraduate degree programme and could be the stepping stone to move onto CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

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What does study method mean?

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.

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.

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.