Human Resources

CIPD Certificate in Learning and Development Practice, Level 3

Please note there may be additional charges within the course for textbooks, trips, registration and assignment fees.

Course overview

This qualification is ideal for anyone looking to develop their current professional knowledge and training skills or for those already working in L&D and wishing to gain a recognised professional qualification.

This course is a general introduction to all aspects of learning and development. Equipping you with a wide range of practical skills and giving you the ability and confidence to be more effective adding value to a training function.


The course is delivered 50% online, 50% classroom taught. Attendance at college is on a Tuesday evening 6.00-9.00.

It is run on a roll-on-roll-off basis with six enrolment dates.

In addition you are expected to complete an average or 3 hours independent study per week.


All lectures have occupational experience and are CIPD qualified, in addition to having a recognised teaching qualification.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Course Modules

Becoming and Effective Learning & Development Practitioner
This module enables learners to develop a deep understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by L&D practitioners, and the importance of continuing professional development (CPD).

Learning & Development and the Organisation
To be effective, learning and development (L&D) practitioners must understand the organisations they work in or with, and the external factors which impact on those organisations. This module enables learners to develop their understanding of organisations, the reasons they are established and the factors that differentiate them, and their operating environments.

Identifying Learning & Development Needs
For individuals and their organisations to respond to changing environments and exploit emerging opportunities, they need to ensure the quality and currency of their skills, knowledge and capabilities. This module supports the development of the skills required to undertake an effective identification of others’ learning needs.

Designing Learning & development Activities
The quality and success of an L&D activity is largely determined by how well it is designed. This unit aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to become an effective designer of a learning activity.

Delivering Learning & Development Activities
Being able to deliver learning activities in a way that gains learner confidence and engages learners is a crucial skill-set for all trainers. This unit takes learners through the essential stages of preparing for and delivering an inclusive and effective L&D activity for a group of learners.

Evaluating Learning & Development Activities
Evaluating L&D activities completes the training cycle and enables L&D practitioners and managers to ensure that activities meet intended objectives. Without evaluation, weaknesses in L&D activities are likely to be continued, opportunities for improvement missed and valuable time and resources may be wasted. This unit develops learners understanding of the reasons for evaluation and the different approaches that can be taken to evaluating L&D activities.

How will I be assessed?

Each module is assessed by a combination of written and practical assignments.

What can I do next

Upon successful completion of this course you will achieve Associate Membership of the CIPD and will be eligible to study the level 5 qualification.