Everything you need to know about CIPD Level 5


If you’re thinking about completing a CIPD Level 5 qualification but need a bit more information before you make your decision, look no further. Here’s everything you need to know about CIPD Level 5.

What is CIPD Level 5?

CIPD Level 5 is an associate level qualification designed for those in working in, or looking to progress to, management or senior management roles in their industries. CIPD Level 5 qualifications are best suited for those already in HR or L&D roles who are looking to expand their professional knowledge and develop their skills further. 

What is CIPD Level 5 equivalent to?

CIPD Level 5 Diplomas are equivalent to a foundation or undergraduate degree.

What CIPD Level 5 qualifications are available?

There are 2 CIPD Level 5 qualifications: 

Who should have a CIPD Level 5 qualification?

A CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma is ideal if you want to lead decisions and strategies around people management or skills development as these courses are designed to take your skills to the next level, substantiate your experience with a qualification and help you move into a senior role. 

What does CIPD Level 5 include?

With MOL Learn, CIPD Level 5 include 24/7 access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you will have “Topic Essentials” bitesize videos to get you started, guided activities, assessment briefings and tutor support. Depending on your study method, we also offer multiple live, interactive webinars or face to face workshops delivered by our expert topic-specialist tutors. 

How long does CIPD Level 5 take?

For our Live Online or Classroom-based learning options, a CIPD Level 5 qualification will take you around 12 months to complete. Or, with our self-paced On Demand programme, you’ll have up to 24 months to complete at your own pace.

Can I do CIPD Level 5 and work full-time?

Yes, you can complete your CIPD level 5 qualification alongside a full-time role. With MOL Learn, our programmes are designed  with a range of options so you can fit your studies in around your other commitments.

On Demand offers the most flexibility with all the resources available to you 24/7 so you can study whenever you want to and progress at your own pace.
Live Online provides you with the option to join regular live, interactive webinars and work in groups to solve challenges and tasks while still having the same flexible access as the On Demand study option.
Classroom learning is for learners who prefer a workshop approach and in-person learning. Students will attend face-to-face sessions with tutors and peers to enhance their learning experience.

CIPD Level 5 example assignments

There are a number of assessments you’ll need to complete as part of your CIPD Level 5 qualification, some examples include:

  • Evaluating the role of HR professionals by referencing the CIPD Profession Map
  • Study a recent project to evaluate the project management and problem-solving techniques used
  • Create, implement and review a plan for professional development.

Ready to take the next step in your professional journey with a CIPD Level 5 qualification? Get started with MOL Learn. 

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Get in touch with one of our Qualification Advisors to learn more about our CIPD Qualifications.