Do I need to do a CIPD HR course?


A woman using a laptop and talking to a colleague

If you’re considering a career in HR, you’ll hear a lot about CIPD courses. The prospect of achieving a new professional qualification may be daunting, for various financial, time-commitment and work-life-balance based reasons, so at some point you’ll probably think “Do I need to do a CIPD HR course?”

Let’s explain the benefits of a CIPD HR qualification and also take a look at other routes you could take into the HR industry. 

Do you need a CIPD qualification to work in HR?

While there’s no legal requirement for you to have a CIPD qualification to have a HR role, most employers don’t consider candidates who aren’t CIPD accredited. 

Alternatives to CIPD HR Courses

As we’ve said, you don’t always need to do a CIPD HR course to get into the industry. Here are some of the alternatives:

Human Resource Management Degree

Many universities offer undergraduate degrees in Human Resource Management and, once you’ve graduated, you can apply for HR roles and graduate schemes. A few things you should be aware of when comparing HR degrees to CIPD courses are:

  • Not all degrees reach the CIPD’s standard of accreditation - your CV could still lack the CIPD qualification employers are looking for
  • Not all universities facilitate distance learning which can limit your study options if you’re not able to relocate – find out more about MOL Learn’s flexible learning options
  • Most undergraduate degrees are significantly more expensive than a CIPD qualification and take much longer to complete.

HR Graduate Schemes

Some employers offer graduate schemes to help newly qualified individuals start their career in HR. You should note if you don’t already have a CIPD qualification, when you start a graduate scheme, your employer will probably expect you to achieve a CIPD accreditation during your time with them.  

HR Apprenticeships

For those with little experience and/or industry qualifications an apprenticeship is a great route into the industry. Similarly to graduate schemes, HR apprenticeships are designed to develop your skills and help you achieve a CIPD qualification by the end of your work placement. 

Work Experience and Volunteering

Experience is always helpful when applying for a new role and technically it’s possible to start a role in HR without a CIPD qualification. However, your employer will most likely expect you to undergo some professional development as your role grows – i.e. complete a CIPD HR course.

Benefits of a CIPD HR Course

CIPD Membership

When you achieve a CIPD qualification you automatically gain CIPD Membership giving you access to networking opportunities, CIPD communities and tools to use in your HR role.

Flexible Learning

MOL Learn’s On Demand or Live Online study options mean your CIPD HR courses can be completed virtually – allowing you to fit your study around your work or personal commitments.

Improved Employability

CIPD qualifications are recognised as the gold standard for HR professionals which can significantly improve your career prospects when job hunting or looking for a promotion.

Cost and time-effective

An undergraduate degree in the UK will generally cost you around £27,000 (not including any maintenance fees for materials and living) and takes 3 years. In comparison, CIPD HR courses with MOL Learn, start from only £1,250 and can be completed in 6 – 24 months. 

If you’re aiming to kick-start or accelerate your career in HR we highly recommend a CIPD HR course. 

MOL understand the HR profession like no other training provider - that’s what makes our courses great. Our tutors are industry experts and use a wealth of HR experience to bring your learning to life. Browse our range of HR courses or get in touch with our Qualification Advisors to discuss which level is right for you.