The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the awarding body of this certificate. The course was designed following an extensive period of consultation to ensure that the course is completely up-to-date and relevant to the HR practitioner. The course is designed to give an all round grounding in the main skills and knowledge used by line managers and human resources practitioners when managing employees and dealing with the associated human resource management problems. The course will be held at the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn.
It is recognised that managing staff effectively is a key component of organisational success and thus a better informed and professional approach to managing staff is necessary. The course covers recruitment, selecting and training staff. It is also covers issues such as: handling grievances and disciplinary matters, health and safety matters, HR planning, employment law and the external environment. This course is the replacement for the CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice which ran for many years.
CIPD have revised their fee structure. The new students coming in September will pay a one off joining fee of £30 and an initial annual fee of £90. A total of £120 (this is in addition to the Blackburn College enrolment fees and is payable directly to CIPD).
There are no formal entry requirements but you must normally be employed in a Human Resources Department or supervisory position. You will also need the support of your employer (or an equivalent) to be able to undertake the assessments, which have a work based element.
You will be assessed by a mixture of written assignments, reports and skills activities. There is an additional tutorial period each week and one longer study period built into the course. There is an additional tutorial period each week and two longer
Once you have successfully completed the course you may consider undertaking the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management (Level 5) or the CIPD in Human Resources Management set at post graduate, Masters Level 7.