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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management includes everything you need to take the next step forward in your HR career. Our training package includes eLearning and Tutor Support.

Our CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is delivered through interactive online learning materials.

CIPD members are the most in-demand professionals in the world. With their unparalleled training and constant access to leading industry updates, you would be upskilling into an exclusive pool of high-powered, influential talent.

CIPD is the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, they have been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.

With hubs in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Asia, CIPD is the career partner of choice for over 160,000 members around the world. CIPD is the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals, and their independent research and insights make them trusted advisers to governments and employers.


CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

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Associate Diploma in People Management Level 5 CIPD Syllabus

Unit 1: Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice


  • The connections between organisational structure and strategy
  • Organisational priorities, how to interpret theories and what drives change
  • How to build diversity and inclusion
  • How people practice connects and supports wider strategies

Unit 2: Evidence-Based Practice


  • The methods re-applied to diagnose challenges and opportunities
  • Critical thinking and how different ethical perspectives can influence decisions
  • The benefits and risks of solutions for improving people practice issues
  • How to measure the impact people practice makes to organisations

Unit 3: Professional Behaviours and Valuing People


  • To champion inclusive and collaborative strategies
  • To design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships
  • The role of a people professional is evolving
  • To assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas

Unit 4: Employment Relationship Management


  • How to develop practices aimed at supporting better working lives
  • How to differentiate between employee involvement and participation
  • Emerging trends in conflict, mediation and arbitration
  • Performance, disciplinary and grievance matters
  • Employment law and the types of employee representation

Unit 5: Talent Management and Workforce Planning


  • Labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning
  • The impact of a changing labour market on resourcing decisions
  • Supporting succession and contingency planning
  • Turnover and retention trends, and how organisations build talent pools
  • The importance of managing contractual arrangements and onboarding

Unit 6: Reward for Performance and Contribution


  • The principles of reward and how policies and practices are implemented
  • How people and organisational performance impacts approaches to reward
  • How data can be gathered and measured and used in benchmarking
  • How to develop reward packages and the legislative requirements that impact them
  • The role of people practice in supporting managers to make reward judgements

Unit 7: Leadership and Management Development


  • The relevance of leadership and management and the knowledge, skills and behaviours required
  • A range of different learning and development initiatives in developing leaders and managers
  • The effectiveness of leadership and management development initiatives

How is the Associate Diploma in People Management Level 5 CIPD assessed?

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback.

Who is this course for?

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

If you are looking to take your next step forward in your HR career, this higher-level qualification is suitable for those:

  • Wanting to progress in a current HR career and boost potential
  • At degree-level and want to step into the world of HR
  • Looking to bring a new level of knowledge into your department


Related HR qualifications are strongly recommended as preparation to study this course. However, if you don’t possess these but have a substantial amount of work experience or a degree, this can be considered in place of HR qualifications.

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Once you have enrolled on your CIPD course, you will need to become a CIPD Student Member.

When you renew your membership directly with the CIPD, you will not need to pay the £40.00 administration charge. Please visit the CIPD website for memberships costs.

Career path

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

  • HR Manager
  • People Analyst
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
  • Resourcing Business Partner
  • Reward and Benefits Manager
  • Talent Manager

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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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