For many HR professionals, CIPD qualifications are the gateway to career advancement. However, for those who have already begun their full-time career, have family and life commitments, or live in more rural places (or all of the above), studying face-to-face in a classroom may be an impossibility.
That's where online learning comes in. Whilst online learning isn't for everyone, it's an excellent opportunity to gain qualifications on your terms.
Here are five things you need to know about doing an online HR course.
You benefit from complete flexibility
With our online CIPD courses you can study around your work and homelife. If you choose to study On Demand, you can start whenever you want at a time that suits you. You’ll also get longer to complete your qualification (compared to the Live Online study option), meaning that you can take your time and go at your own pace.
If you prefer more structure, our Live Online study option gives you the extra benefit of live, interactive webinars for each module and assessment. You also have the flexibility to watch these back if you can’t attend due to other commitments.
You have access to specialist HR knowledge
Our courses are written, developed, and taught by HR industry experts and professionals. Our tutors are specialists who have worked in HR for many years, acquiring specialist knowledge and insight. Many tutors are also certified coaches and enjoy mentoring and coaching learners to achieve their goals.
Our courses are current, up-to-date and reflect the current industry, preparing you for both your exams and the real world. You’ll be able to access all CIPD levels, so no matter your experience level, you can find a course that's right for you, including:
- CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice
- CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
- CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management
Additionally, our tutors are human, too, with busy lives, many of which balance families, friends, work, and studies themselves. Most of our tutors can relate to the challenging experience of studying whilst working a full-time job so they won't place unreasonable demands and expectations.
You have complete support
Many of our learners not only benefit from individualised tutor support but also from peer support. Learners are often encouraged to join WhatsApp groups to help support one another and your tutor will be available to coach and mentor you to success. Outside of your tutor and your peers, we have Customer Experience agents who check on you throughout your course to gather feedback and to see that you're getting the best experience possible.
Many of our CIPD learners are placed on courses supported by their organisations, which means they get corporate sponsorship and extra time to devote to their studies away from the demands of their day-to-day work.
Organisations know that supporting their employees through their education will pay off in the long run, so whilst you're embarking on your studies, your company will know that you’re learning to be a better HR professional which will benefit them down the line.
Lastly, you’re not just another number to us; we care about your success because your success is our success. One of the biggest influencers is word of mouth and, if you have a positive experience, you'll tell your coworkers and friends. You can study at a lower costWhether you're paying for your own studies or you have company sponsorship, without the outlay of building costs and other considerations, online study is often less expensive than face-to-face courses.
Completing a HR course online also means fewer costs for you. You don't have to travel to another location, saving you money on fuel or public transportation costs.
You can eat your lunch at home without worrying about either buying an expensive lunch out or figuring out the logistics of keeping your lunch fresh whilst attending a workshop.
You find it easier to balance your studies
Finally, many learners who study online have an easier time balancing studies with other life commitments.
Since online HR study is on your terms, you can choose when and where you study. Whether you devote every Saturday and half of Sunday to completing your work or if you just study a few hours a few days a week, it's completely up to you.
On the other hand, if you study face-to-face and adhere to a specific schedule, you may find studies less easy to manage with a busy lifestyle but with online learning, you create your schedule and we provide the support to ensure you're keeping up with your work.
Are you ready to take the next steps in your HR career?
Find out more about our CIPD HR courses and enrol today
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