CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Learning & Development

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The 100% online CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Learning & Development is an essential introduction to the fundamentals of L&D. It's a highly practical, real-world course that you can put to use from day one.

You might already be working in an L&D-related role, or perhaps you'd like to make a move into this popular and highly rewarding field. Either way, a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Europe's largest HR and Personnel Development body, will show employers that you have what it takes to develop both an effective workforce and your own career.

The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in L&D will give you a thorough grounding in the training cycle and the fundamentals of learning and development. You'll learn how to identify training needs then plan, deliver and evaluate professional development activities in response to those needs.

Through this course, you'll be developing your skills and career options while you learn to do the same for others. It'll give you the confidence to be more effective at work and to add value to your HR or training function.

  • 92% of ICS Learn graduates end up working in HR.

Who is it for

This course is ideal if you:

Want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into L&D

Are working in an HR or L&D support role but don't hold a formal HR or L&D qualification

Are a current line manager with responsibility for people management and development

Are looking to become a professional member of the CIPD (Assoc CIPD)


To achieve the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Learning & Development, you need a total of 26 credits, which you'll gain from the following core units:

Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner (4 credits)

L&D and the organisation (4 credits)

Identifying L&D Needs (3 credits)

Designing L&D Activities (6 credits)

Delivering L&D Activities (6 credits)

Evaluating L&D Activities (3 credits)


You don't need any prior qualifications or experience to enrol on this Foundation Level L&D course. Some experience in HR/L&D support or management would be beneficial, but this isn't essential.

If English is your second language, you'll need an IELTS 6.5 or ESOL Level 2 (or equivalent). If you don't have this, we'll review your case on an individual basis.

Career Path

With a Foundation qualification in Learning & Development from the leading professional body in the field, you'll be ready to excel in an entry/support-level L&D or training role.

Examples of roles you could enter or progress in with the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in L&D include:

L&D Assistant

L&D Coordinator

L&D Administrator


Any CIPD qualification is highly attractive to employers, as it demonstrates both your professional expertise and your commitment to furthering your career.

Plus, once you graduate, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of CIPD, showing that you hold yourself to the highest professional standards.

If you decide to continue your professional development with CIPD, your study and further experience could lead to Chartered status with the Institute, and the potential for lucrative and rewarding senior level roles.