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CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice

CIPD Approved Centre LogoCIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resources Practice, Key Facts:

  • CIPD Associate Membership (Assoc CIPD) for successful graduates of the programme
  • Next course commencing October 2016
  • Provides specialist HRM knowledge and skills for HR Professionals and Managers / Supervisors with HR responsibilities
  • Blended learning approach includes attendance at six workshop units over eight months, practical skills development, action learning sets and assignments (no examinations)
  • Individual tutor assigned to each student to support them as they progress through the programme
  • Fee of €2,650 per person includes CIPD Student Membership fees (to July 2017), attendance at all workshops, course materials and tutor support. 

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For Further Information see Course Overview below

The CIPD Foundation Level Certificate in Human Resources Practice is designed for those who want specialist Human Resource Management (HRM) knowledge combined with practical skills development. Successful completion of the programme will give participants an IPA Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Foundation Level Certificate in Human Resource Practice.

A key feature of this programme is that it is highly practical allowing participants' ample opportunity to acquire and practice new skills. This programme will specifically address key HRM challenges in the public, private and not for profit sectors of employment.

On successful completion of the programme, participants will automatically become CIPD Associate Members (Assoc CIPD). This is first level CIPD professional membership and is awarded to people who have the skill and knowledge needed to make a significant supporting contribution, and deliver excellent results in the workplace.

Who Should Attend?

This Certificate is ideally suited to:

  • Staff who have recently moved into the field of Human Resource Management
  • Line Managers and Supervisors to whom HRM responsibility has been devolved
  • Staff eager to update their HRM knowledge and skills
  • Those wishing to pursue a career in Human Resource Management
  • Those wishing to pursue CIPD Membership.


The overall objective of this certificate programme is to help participants develop as effective HRM practitioners and utilise the key skills required in this specialist area. At the end of the programme participants will have:

  • A greater awareness of the organisational context of HRM
  • An understanding of the key issues that impact on HRM
  • Practiced and developed, under expert guidance, a range of skills relevant to HRM
  • Increased their knowledge of the legal, economic, environmental, social, technological and labour related developments that impact on the HRM field


This Certificate programme covers the following areas:

  • Organisational Context of the HRM Function
  • Key Personal Skills/Competencies for HRM Practitioners
  • HR Role and Responsibilities of Line Managers
  • Models of HRM in the Civil, Public, Private and Not for Profit Sectors
  • Recording, Analysing and Utilising Information
  • Performance Development and Reward Management
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Recruitment & Selection Policies and Procedures & Skills in Recruitment and Selection Interviewing
  • The Public Appointments Service – its role and services
  • Induction and Probation
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment Law

Delivery, Duration and Location

The course is delivered by way of blended learning. Participants will be provided with access to workbooks, action learning sets, podcasts, videos and an interactive web site and will be required to attend a minimum of 9 days of workshops over the period October 2016 to May 2017.

Attendance at the action learning set meetings is a central requirement if participants are to maximise their opportunities for learning. These meetings are to be scheduled by members of the action learning set to take place for 3 hours each between each Unit Workshop – 6 in total. Most employers recognise the value of these meetings in the blended approach to programme delivery and allow participants time for travel to and attend at such meetings.

Participants will be assigned an individual tutor who will support the participants as they progress through the programme. Participants will be required to have an email address and internet access. Workshops will take place at the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin but can also be delivered in-house or on a regional basis.

Workshop Dates

   2015-2016  2016-2017
Unit 1 1 and 22 October 2015 6 and 27 October 2016
Unit 2 3 December 2015 1 December 2016
Unit 3 13-14 January 2016 11-12 January 2017
Unit 4 3 March 2016 2 March 2017
Unit 5 13-14 April 2016 5-6 April 2017
Unit 6 19 May 2016 11 May 2017

Accreditation and Assessment

The Certificate in Public Sector HRM Practice is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). There is no written examination for this programme. Assessment is by means of unit assignments, a combination of which are written and skills based and subject to classroom / workshop verification and assessment.

Programme fee

The fee per participant will be €2,650. Where 3 or more participants from the same organisation enrol on the programme a 10% discount will apply. The fee includes CIPD Student Membership Fees (up to renewal date in July 2017 for 2016-2017 Programme), attendance at workshops, all IPA course materials, tutor support and refreshments at workshops.

Membership of the CIPD

While studying for ‘Foundation Level Certificate in Human Resources Practice’ participants must join as student members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of the CIPD Foundation Level Certificate in Human Resource Practice participants will automatically become Associate Members of the CIPD. On attaining Associate membership status participants will be entitled to use the “Assoc CIPD” designation.

Bookings / Enquiries

Please complete and return a booking form to the IPA Central Bookings Office (details below). Bookings will close on Friday, 12 September 2016 however please note that numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to secure a place.

Should you require further information, please contact either of the following, depending on the nature of your query:

Course Content or Suitability:
Edwin Maguire
Senior HRM Training and Consultancy Specialist
Institute of Public Administration, 57 – 61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: 01 2403 678 |

Course Bookings:
Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: 01 240 3666 | Email:

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