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HR Fundamentals (CIPD)



Study method
Online, self-paced
5 weeks
No formal qualification

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Get an introduction to the practice of Human Resources, and develop the skills you need to become an HR professional.


Discover how good HR practices can support organisations and their people

HR professionals look after the greatest creators of value (and risk) in organisations: their people.

On this five-week course, you’ll be introduced to the practice of HR, and develop essential skills to help further your career.

You’ll learn what HR means and how it helps organisations achieve business goals and strategic objectives.

Unpack workforce planning in human resources

You’ll delve into the evolution of the HR profession to understand which of the current practices are the most effective.

You’ll also explore the basic principles of workforce planning to ensure your organisation has the right people. Within this, you’ll understand employee recruitment to help bring people into the organisation, and retention to help ensure they stay.

Discover how you can lead performance management

Finally, you’ll find out about performance management, including reward and recognition, to improve employee engagement and support people in achieving goals.

Learn from the experts at the CIPD

By the end of this insightful course from the CIPD, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how to be an effective HR professional and have the skills to start a successful career in human resources.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe HR Professionalism and demonstrate an understanding of its importance to people and organisations

  • Apply basic principles of workforce planning, including recruitment and retention

  • Demonstrate understanding of performance management and how to get the best out of people

  • Describe the role of HR in supporting an organisation in meeting its strategy and objectives

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for new or aspiring HR professionals, but may also be of interest to people responsible for people operations.


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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.