CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Get the tools you need to take the next step in your career, as well as a confidence and skills boost. For those with experience, this qualification is internationally recognised and will support career progression.

What is the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management?

Building on your existing knowledge, you’ll get a sound understanding of how HR fits into achieving strategic objectives and how data can be used to improve performance.

This Level 5 Diploma, as with all of CIPD’s updated qualifications, is based on the CIPD Profession Map, launched in November 2018. It defines the knowledge, behaviours and inherent values underpinning today’s people profession.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with some HR experience looking to develop to management level.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management


Online Learning

How long will it take?

Typically 11 months

Why should I choose Avado?

When you complete your CIPD courses with us you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.  

Here are some the reasons we’re the best for CIPD 

We are one of the CIPD's approved providers of online learning

With CIPD’s expertise in HR and L&D we’re equipped to help you achieve your qualification

Award-winning learning

A course should be more than a textbook – learn from videos, infographics, interactive quizzes, and more all developed with experts straight from CIPD. 

Great teaching. Guaranteed. 

We believe who you learn with makes all the difference; that’s why we hand-pick the best tutors who are available to support you whenever you need them.

Study anytime, anywhere 

Fit studying into your busy day with bite-sized activities built for mobile. And structured milestones to help you learn at your own pace while remaining on track. 

What is included?

No one likes having to pay a surprise bill. That’s why we include everything we can in cost of your course: 

  • 24-hour access to your online campus 
  • Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates 
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course 

The only additional cost is your CIPD membership, which you pay directly to the CIPD. 

What will I need to start?

This is a course for experienced HR professionals, so you will need previous formal qualifications to get started. 

  • An existing Foundation qualification (or equivalent) is essential; alternatively, relevant work experience can be considered
  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable internet connection, plus basic computer skills
  • To receive the Diploma qualification, you need to be registered with the CIPD

What career options does the CIPD Diploma open up? 

The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on senior Human Resources roles.

You’ll also be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD.

HR Analyst/Advisor


HR Business Partner


Once you have your Level 5 Diploma qualification you can progress further with the CIPD Level 7 qualification.

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017

Who are the CIPD? 

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and people development  

With a worldwide community of 140,000+ membersCIPD qualifications are international recognised and will help you build your career and enhance your professionalism.  

The CIPD have approved Avado to offer a range of HR courses online.  

What will I learn?

Here are the eight units you’ll cover, and what you’ll be able to do by the end of each one:

Three core units

Unit 1: Organisational performance and culture in practice

You’ll learn about…
• 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

You’ll learn about…
• 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

You’ll learn about…
• How to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies.
• How to design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships.
• How the role of a people professional is evolving.
• How to assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas.

Three specialist units

Unit 1: Employment relationship management

You’ll learn about…
• 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 2: Talent management and workforce planning

You’ll learn about…
• 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 3: Reward for performance and contribution

You’ll learn about…
• 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.
• Developing reward packages and the legislative requirements that impact them.
• The role of people practice in supporting managers to make reward judgements.

One of two additional specialist units

Unit 1: Specialist employment law

You’ll learn about…
• The purpose of employment regulation and the way it’s enforced.
• The role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law.
• How the main principles of discrimination law.
• How to manage recruitment lawfully, and about managing employment rights.

Unit 2: Advances in digital learning and development

You’ll learn about…

• The impact, risks and challenges of technological development.
• Creating engaging digital learning content and the systems for delivering learning.
• The skills required to facilitate online learning, including your development plan.

How will I be assessed?

Your qualification is achieved by continuous assessment. At the end of each unit you will have an assessment to complete. Your assignment is graded by your tutor and you receive personalised feedback. There are different types of assessment tailored to the content of the unit.

Flexible learning deserves flexible payments.

You have plenty of options when it comes to paying for your course. You can pay in full or spread the cost for free with interest-free finance plans of up to 12 months.

If you want your plan to be longer that’s no problem: we have plans of up to 48 months with a competitive APR.*

Your company can fund your course

Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.

*Click here for representative examples and full terms and conditions.

“Avado is the perfect place for an individual who wishes to pursue CIPD. The Virtual Learning Campus (VLC) is user friendly and can be navigated by anyone. The tutor support and student success team were also both excellent.”

Kevin Rodrigues, HR Level 5 Diploma

“The support I received from Avado and my peers on the course was incredible.
My tutor, was also really helpful throughout. From start-to-finish he was always there to get me through – something that came as a wonderful and welcome surprise for an online course!”

Regaynor Johal, HR Level 5 Certificate

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