Level 3 Certificate Human Resource Practice (CIPD)

Start date(s):
14 Sep 2020
30 weeks
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous year's fees)


The Certificate in HR Practice (CHRP) provides a firm foundation in key areas of HR, as well as an understanding of HR in a business context.

It will help you develop practical, relevant skills and above all, provide you with the confidence to be more effective at work.

The Certificate in HR Practice is a foundation-level qualification (equivalent to NVQ/SVQ Level 3) and is designed to reflect the CIPD HR Profession Map and the new professional membership criteria.

This course runs on an evening and has various start dates across the academic year. For more information, please contact Admissions on Live Chat.

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This programme aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional HR Practitioner, whether their role is generalist in nature or specialist.

This course is also available as an apprenticeship programme. Search for 'Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Human Resource Support (CIPD)'.


You will study six modules to complete the certificate qualification. These are:
  • Developing Yourself as an Effective Human Resources - You will develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional practitioner. You will develop a PDP which meets their personal and professional requirements and is linked to the CIPD Map.
  • Understanding Organisations and the role of Human Resources - You will understand human resources within an organisation and the environmental context. You will appreciate how HR activities support an organisation‚Äôs strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.
  • Recording, Analysing and Using Human Resources Information - The unit looks at a range of data that can be used in HR including planning, recruitment and selection, performance and reward management, absence management and disciplinary and grievance procedures.
  • Resourcing Talent - in this unit you will learn about the importance of effective recruitment and selection and understand how to consistently apply rules and regulations to this process. You will understand the importance of the law and gain practical experience of writing job descriptions, person specifications and taking part in an interview.
  • Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management - You will understand the employment relationship and the key parties that are involved within it. It then focuses on different aspects of HR activity, looking at good practice and legal requirements within each activity linked to performance and reward management.
  • Delivering Learning and Development Activities- You will review the essential stages of preparing for and delivering an inclusive and effective L&D activity for a group of learners.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

Each session includes taught theory and seminar activities. The sessions are inclusive and develop your knowledge and practice of being a HR practitioner. Each of the sessions are interactive so you can apply the theory to practice. Each unit has an assessment which has been designed and written by CIPD.

Each unit is different and CIPD provide us with these in September each year. Tutorials are provided by the Course Tutor to help you with your assessments. You will be required to spend approximately 3-4 hours per week working on the assessment outside of the lesson. Once all six modules have been internally and externally moderated by CIPD then you will receive your certificate.

Industry links:

We have links with the CIPD North East Branch and encourage all students to attend at least one of their events per academic year. These are based in the region and provide excellent support and advice, usually free of change. We have guest speakers that come into college to provide an update on current practice. ACAS run a session once per year.

Professional body registration:

It is a requirement that you purchase a CIPD membership.


There are no formal work placement requirements for this programme.

You may choose to progress to a Level 5 CIPD programme, or gain employment within the industry.

What else?

Visit CIPD for additional information relating to this qualification, and membership requirements.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

For more information on course costs, please contact Admissions on Live Chat.
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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

You must purchase a CIPD membership at the start of the programme as this is an essential requirement for you to work in HR. CIPD may withhold your certificate on completion if you do not hold a membership.

Interview Instructions

Once you have applied online you will be invited into the College to attend an interview with the Curriculum Manager or Programme Lead.

Entry Criteria

This qualification is open entry but specifically aimed at those new to HR; those interested in a move into HR; those working in HR in a support role and wish to develop their knowledge and skills; line managers involved in HR and who have responsibility for HR activities and decisions within an organisation without a specialist function; HR staff that do not have sufficient qualifications to undertake CIPD intermediate or advanced level qualifications.