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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is the most comprehensive course available for L&D professionals, ideal for you if you want to formalise your existing experience, skills and knowledge. You’ll study the core knowledge and behaviours any People Professional needs and extend these through specific units to further specialise in your field.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with some L&D experience looking to develop to management level.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development


Online learning

How long will it take?

Typically 11 months


CIPD Level 5 for L&D

There are two kinds of Level 5 Associate Diplomas. This one is focused specifically on L&D and has different option units that help it stay focused on L&D. As well, you'll cover topics like diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and global people management.


Flexible learning deserves flexible payments

You have plenty of options when it comes to the cost of CIPD Level 5. You can pay in full or spread the cost for free with interest-free finance plans of up to 18 months.

If you want your plan to be longer that’s no problem: we have plans of up to 48 months with a competitive APR.*

Your company can fund your course

Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.



Three core units

Unit 1: Organisational performance and culture in practice

You’ll learn about…
• The connections between organisational structure and strategy.
• Organisational priorities, how to interpret theories and what drives change.
• How to build diversity and inclusion.
• How people practice connects and supports wider strategies.

Unit 2: Evidence-based practice

You’ll learn about…
• The methods re applied to diagnose challenges and opportunities.
• Critical thinking and how different ethical perspectives can influence decisions.
• The benefits and risks of solutions for improving people practice issues.
• How to measure the impact people practice makes to organisations.

Unit 3: Professional behaviours and valuing people

You’ll learn about…
• How to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies.
• How to design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships.
• How the role of a people professional is evolving.
• How to assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas.

Three specialist units

Unit 1: Supporting self-directed and social learning

You’ll learn about…
• The concepts of self-directed and social learning and the theories behind them.
• The steps that organisations take to encourage learning.
• How digital innovations encourage and enable self-directed learning.

Unit 2: Learning and development design to create value

You’ll learn about…
• What needs to be considered when designing learning and development.
• Identifying and establishing learning and development needs.
• Completing a stakeholder analysis in relation to learning and development.
• How to design engaging learning and development solutions.

Unit 3: Facilitate personalised and performance focused learning

You’ll learn about…
• How to develop a range of personalised, accessible learning resources.
• Discussing facilitation techniques to support the needs of learners.
• The facilitation of learning and delivering inclusive activities that meet objectives.
• The concept of ‘transfer of learning’ and the role of line managers.

One of two additional specialist units

Unit 1: Specialist employment law

You’ll learn about…
• The purpose of employment regulation and the way it’s enforced.
• The role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law.
• How the main principles of discrimination law.
• How to manage recruitment lawfully, and about managing employment rights.

Unit 2: Advances in digital learning and development

You’ll learn about…
• The impact, risks and challenges of technological development.
• Creating engaging digital learning content and the systems for delivering learning.
• The skills required to facilitate online learning, including your development plan.


Career Options

The skills you'll learn on this course will get you ready to take on L&D roles with more responsibility.

You’ll also be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, and roles such as:

Learning & Development Manager (£37,500* average annual salary in the UK)

Head of Learning & Development (£40,000* average annual salary in the UK)

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, January 2022



Why choose learning and development?

If you're a people person and you love to help your coworkers thrive in their roles, learning and development is for you. It can be a hugely fulfilling career, watching the people in your organisation grow and progress at least partially because of the work you do.

What is the CIPD level 5 equivalent to?

A CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is very similar to a foundation degree.

What will I need to start this course?

This is a course for experienced L&D professionals, so you will need previous formal qualifications to get started. 

  • An existing Foundation qualification (or equivalent) is essential; alternatively, relevant work experience can be considered
  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable internet connection, plus basic computer skills
  • To receive the Diploma qualification, you need to be registered with the CIPD


Why choose Avado?

  • 100% online
  • Live and recorded classes
  • Collaborative learning
  • Bite-sized learning on the go
  • 0% finance options
  • Easy steps to begin your course
  • Hand picked teaching experts
  • Unlimited support

73% of our students progressed their careers within 3 months of qualification! 

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

United Kingdom
Level 5, Level 5, Professional Qualifications
A levels /advanced GNVQ
Online Degree

Published on 6 Jan 2022

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