Human Resource Management

The primary purpose of the CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice qualification is to develop participants’ knowledge and skills and to build their expertise, confidence and credibility to deliver value in their organisations and to the people served by Human Resources (HR) and Learning and Development (L&D) professionals. This qualification will give participants a solid foundation for careers in the people profession, incorporating both Human Resources and Learning & Development.

This qualification, which is comparable to Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), introduces the participants to a wide range of relevant knowledge and expertise in people practice. It is suited to those participants who:

  • Are studying, aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people practice;
  • Are working in a people practice support role and wish to develop their knowledge and deliver immediate and short-term value for their organisation;
  • Wish to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a people professional;
  • Line Managers with people management responsibilities.

CIPD qualifications set the international standard for people professionals. On successful completion of the Foundation Certificate in People Practice, candidates will be eligible for Foundation Membership of the CIPD and can use the designation Foundation CIPD. This starts to build their credibility in the people profession, shows that they are serious about their development and that they have a strong base of knowledge to build on.

Two programmes are offered in 2024, commencing in September 2024 and November 2024.

See the September Programme Brochure here.

See the November Programme Brochure here.

CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

Programmes are scheduled to commence in September and in November 2024.

We offer a blended learning approach to the delivery of 120 hours of guided learning over the period of September 2024 to April 2025 or November 2024  to May 2025. In addition to the 120 hours of guided learning participants can expect to devote another 120 hours to self-study and the completion of assessments between September 2024 and June 2025 or November 2024 to June 2025.

In our blended learning approach, participants will attend a series of 11 days of Online Live Workshops (Central Programmes:  September and November commencement). Participants will be required to have good internet access for the online programme and are advised to be able connect to the online live workshops using a laptop/PC with video and audio enabled.

All Workshops will be delivered by a team of HR professionals with extensive experience of designing and delivering learning and development interventions for HR and L&D Practitioners and Line Managers.

Participants will also have online access to workbooks for each unit, interactive e-learning courses, videos, podcasts, toolkits and other learning resources through the IPA’s Learning Management System Moodle.

An important part of the blended learning design is that participants will attend online/in person Learning Set/ Study Group meetings throughout the programme (see below).

Each unit of the programme will be led by a dedicated IPA Specialist Unit Lead Tutor/Tutors who will be available to give ongoing advice and support to participants.

2024/2025 Programme Dates

The following is the schedule for the Central Online Programmes in September and November.  Please see the course brocure for full details of unit titles and dates.

See the September Programme Brochure here.

See the November Programme Brochure here.

Unit

September to April  Dates

November to May Dates

Induction 25 Sept 2024 13 Nov 2024
Unit 1: 

26 Sept 2024

10 Oct 2024

14 Nov 2024

28 Nov 2024

First Learning Set Meeting* 21 OR 22 October 2024 1 OR 2 December 2024
Unit 2:

7 Nov 2024

 21 Nov 2024

9 Jan 2025

13 Jan 2025

Unit 3:

12 Dec 2024

14 Jan 2025

13 Feb 2025

27 Feb 2025

Unit 4:

6 Feb 2025

20 Feb 2025

13 Mar 2025

27 Mar 2025

10 Apr 2025

20  Mar 2025

3 Apr 2025

24 Apr 2025

8 May 2025

22 May 2025

*The allocation of participants to learning sets / study groups will be confirmed after the Unit 1 Workshops.

This schedule may be amended by the IPA. However, if the schedule is to be amended participants will be given advance notice of any changes and every effort will be made to accommodate the needs of participants.

Commences

September 2024 | November 2024

Key Facts

The IPA  is pleased to offer the New CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice.  New accredited CIPD programmes aligned to the new CIPD Profession Map were introduced in 2021.

We have two programmes  offered in 2024, commencing in September and in November and we are now accepting applications for this online programme.

This qualification will give participants a solid foundation for careers in the people profession, incorporating both Human Resources (HR) and Learning & Development (L&D).

See the September Programme Brochure here.

See the November Programme Brochure here.

Duration

Eight Months

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

CIPD qualifications set the international standard for people professionals. This CIPD qualification is comparable to Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The fee per participant for the 2024/2025 CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice programme is €2,950. 

The fee includes: CIPD Student Membership Fees (up to July 2025); attendance at online or inperson workshops; all IPA course materials including prescribed textbooks, unit workbooks and access to online resources; and, ongoing tutor support.

Individuals who are paying for themselves must pay in full by credit card at the time of booking via the online booking form below.  For CIPD Registration purposes, they must also complete the relevant  PDF Booking Form (see below).

Where three (3) or more participants from the same organisation enrol on and complete the programme, a 10% discount will apply on the full course fee of €2,950 per person.

Please note that you will be invoiced upon confirmation of your booking.  Individuals who are paying for themselves must pay in full by credit card at the time of booking.

Bookings:

Numbers are limited on each programme and early booking is recommended to secure a place on your preferred programme.

Bookings for this programme must be submitted in writing using the CIPD Foundation Certificate PDF Booking Form which is available:

Central Online September Programme FORM.

Central Online November Programme FORM.

All fields in the form must be completed.  Individuals paying for themselves are asked to complete the online booking form below in addition to the PDF booking form so that they can pay in via credit card.

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin D04 TC62
01 240 3666  | training@ipa.ie

Cancellation Policy:

Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of this programme, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged. The cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the first online workshop.

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The Programme

The primary purpose of the CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice qualification is to develop participants’ knowledge and skills and to build their expertise, confidence and credibility to deliver value in their organisations and to the people served by Human Resources (HR) and Learning and Development (L&D) professionals. This qualification will give participants a solid foundation for careers in the people profession, incorporating both Human Resources and Learning & Development.

This qualification, which is comparable to Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), introduces the participants to a wide range of relevant knowledge and expertise in people practice. It is suited to those participants who:

  • Are studying, aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people practice;
  • Are working in a people practice support role and wish to develop their knowledge and deliver immediate and short-term value for their organisation;
  • Wish to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a people professional;
  • Line Managers with people management responsibilities.

CIPD qualifications set the international standard for people professionals. On successful completion of the Foundation Certificate in People Practice, candidates will be eligible for Foundation Membership of the CIPD and can use the designation Foundation CIPD. This starts to build their credibility in the people profession, shows that they are serious about their development and that they have a strong base of knowledge to build on.

Two programmes are offered in 2024, commencing in September 2024 and November 2024.

See the September Programme Brochure here.

See the November Programme Brochure here.

Who is this for?

This CIPD entry-level qualification is perfect for people professionals working in, or looking to find, their first role in the people profession; experienced human resources and learning and development practitioners and line managers with people management responsibilities, and will provide them with:

  • A solid grounding in People Practice;
  • The knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver tasks that benefit their organisation at an operational level.
  • The confidence to support positive change for their colleagues and organisations.
Course Content

There are four units on the CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice programme covering:

  1. Business, Culture and Change in Context;
  2. Principles of Analytics;
  3. Core Behaviours for People Professionals;
  4. Essentials of People Practice.

Over the course of the four units participants will study a range of areas as set out below.

Business, Culture and Change in Context
  • The Business Environment.
  • Organisation Culture and Workplace Behaviour.
  • Supporting Organisation Change.
Principles of Analytics
  • Understanding the Needs of Customers & Stakeholders of the People Profession.
  • Evidence-based Practice & Decision Making.
  • Adding Value through insights based on the Analysis of Data.
Core Behaviours for People Professionals
  • The CIPD Profession Map – the Standards for the People Profession.
  • Ethics and Professional Practice.
  • The Values of the People Management Profession.
  • Continuing Personal/Professional Development.
Essentials of People Practice
  • The Employee Lifecycle.
  • Contributing to Effective Selection and Appointment.
  • Employee Relations & Engagement.
  • Employment Law & Best Practice in relation to Organisation of Working Time/Work Life Balance, Employment Equality & Diversity and Dismissal.
  • Performance Management.
  • Reward Management.
  • Learning and Development.
Assessment

There is no written examination for this programme. Assessment is by means of unit assignments the majority of which are written. There will be one practical assessment on the conduct of a selection interview where a recording of the interview will be submitted.

On successful completion of the Foundation Certificate in People Practice, candidates will be eligible for Foundation Membership of the CIPD and can use the designation Foundation CIPD.

Other Information

The Institute of Public Administration is a CIPD Approved Centre, offering CIPD qualifications. The CIPD is the professional body for the people profession. The CIPD has been championing better work and working lives for over 100 years.

The CIPD offers clear learning and career pathways. It recognises its members’ knowledge and skills through our qualifications. The CIPD sets the international standard for the profession – the values, knowledge and behaviours that equip us in our work. The CIPD awards globally recognised qualifications, inspiring confidence in its members’ expertise and professionalism.

Course Leader

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice Programme Director is  Eoin Smyth, HRM Training Specialist with co-lead Edwin Maguire, Senior HRM Training and Consultancy Associate Specialist.  

 

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