Postgraduate Certificate in Professional HR

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional HR is your first step towards gaining CIPD Chartered membership. If you are an experienced HR professional looking to progress in your career, this qualification will equip you with the practical, critical and strategic skills you need.

This programme is aligned with the Advanced Standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which means that by taking it you'll be on the path to gaining the CIPD Advanced Diploma.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional HR is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. BPP University provides study programmes to help you gain these awards.

Key Information

  • Tailor your degree to your desired career path with a range of specialist modules
  • Work towards the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM – and ultimately Chartered status
  • Networking opportunities inside and outside the classroom
  • Part-time and online study options for flexibility
  • CMI accredited
  • Personal tutor support via email and telephone
  • Study in our learning centres in London, Birmingham or Manchester
  • Learn from experienced HR professionals, the majority of whom are FCIPD Chartered Members
  • Benefit from specialist one-to-one careers advice
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Supporting your career aspirations

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Our Certificate in Professional HR equips you with the knowledge and strategic understanding needed to operate at managerial level. It is suitable for established HR practitioners who have aspirations to progress to the next level within their profession.

Reflecting the dynamic world of contemporary HR, the programme is designed to support all industry sectors. It offers you the opportunity to become a true industry specialist, either as an HR generalist or specialist, by studying a specialist stream. 

Your route to CIPD accreditation

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Professional HR meets the academic standard of Stage One of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM.

BPP award Equivalent to Programme terms
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional HR (60 credits) Stage One of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM 2 terms part time
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional HR (120 credits) Stage Two of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HRM  4 terms part time

Teaching methods


As well as formal lectures, you'll benefit from a high percentage of interactive small group sessions. Based around 'real world' business scenarios, you'll do the work of senior HR professionals rather than just learning about it.

Distance learning

Outside of the classroom, you'll be responsible for developing your knowledge and skills through work experience and online study. Throughout the programme you'll be given ample tutor support including regular one-to-one feedback.

Additional Qualifications

On successful completions of BPP's Certificate in Professional HR you will also receive a CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Level 7 Certificate.


The programme is assessed on a module-by-module basis through a combination of coursework and exams. Assessments are designed around real-life HR tasks, such as delivering HR plans, professional consultancy reports and individual presentations.

The Certificate in Professional HR is an entry route to the MSc Professional HR, which is aligned with the Advanced Standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). To see the qualification route view a chart of the MSc Professional HR programme modules. (PDF, 56KB).

Further details of the modules can be found at the bottom of this page.

Entry requirements

To apply for the Diploma in Professional HR you'll need to have one of the following qualifications:

  • A 2:2 (or above) Honours Degree in a Business-related subject from a recognised university or the equivalent international qualification
  • An acceptable professional qualification or experience equivalent to the CIPD Diploma in HRM/HRD

You must also have a minimum of one year’s appropriate work experience within Human Resources and related operational responsibilities. If you have other accredited prior learning, or significant relevant experience, BPP University Business School welcomes your application.

International students

If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide evidence of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. For details of which international qualifications are accepted for this programme, please see our country-specific entry requirements.

CIPD exemptions

If you have already completed Stage One of the CIPD Advanced Diploma in HR, you can be fast-tracked through the programme by gaining exemptions for the relevant modules (you will need to apply for the exemptions). Please enter the details of your exemption award on the application form.

How to apply

To apply for a place, you'll need to complete a BPP application form at the top right of this page. While there are no formal deadlines you will need to apply in time for your selected programme start dates, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Key dates

We currently offer three start dates per year in September, January and May.

Study locations

We offer part-time study – two evenings a week. We provide comfortable, high-quality classrooms and learning environments in the following location:


View start dates and locations.

You can also view the term and assessment dates.

Paying for your programme

Fees for September 2012 are as follows:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional HR – £4,500

Per-credit fees:

  • 15 credits – £1,200
  • 30 credits – £2,400 


BPP is committed to widening access to higher education and offers a range of funding and scholarships. You can also apply for external sources of funding.

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