Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

Championing better work and working lives

As the professional body for HR and people development, CIPD has over 130,000 members - working in human resources (HR), learning and development (L&D), people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors in the UK, Ireland and internationally. As an independent and not-for-profit organisation, we’re committed to championing better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, businesses, economies and society.

We’re also proud to be celebrating 100 years of leading HR into the future, with a clear focus on our future research, thought leadership, and advice and guidance under the three key ‘themes’ of work, workplace and workforce.

An exciting time to be starting out in the profession

The very nature of work is changing and the unprecedented scale and pace of change presents an urgent and critical need to ensure the ways we work, our workforces and workplace cultures are fit for today and drive performance and growth for the future. This means good people management and development are critical to the success of businesses, economies and society.

What do HR people do?

HR professionals play a pivotal role in driving decisions that allow their organisations to thrive. They are involved in improving performance and creating the right conditions to deliver business aims today and in the future. HR professionals recruit, train and develop employees, and look at how they are rewarded. They’re dealing with legal issues, helping to shape the culture of their organisations, and focusing on what keeps their colleagues productive and engaged.

The skills necessary to succeed

The skills you need to work in HR may not be what you expect. It’s not just the softer ‘people skills’, you also need to have a strong interest in business and the strategy. You need a good degree of numeracy to analyse information including employee surveys, key success indicators of projects, or the financial and personal value of an employee to the organisation. The ability to coach others in the business, to partner (but also be willing to challenge) managers and to become someone they trust implicitly is also critical.

Qualifications to advance your career

CIPD's recognised professional qualifications are a great way to acquire the supporting knowledge and skills that are essential to becoming an effective HR or L&D practitioner. They also demonstrate to potential employers that you’re serious about pursuing a professional career. CIPD qualifications have the ability to add real value to an organisation – helping to increase your employability and earning potential.

When you start your CIPD qualification, you’ll join us as a Student member. CIPD student membership gives you access to valuable resources you can apply to your studies and also in the workplace. After study, CIPD professional membership and designatory letters are a must-have when demonstrating your qualified status and relevant experience.

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