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Level 5 Certificate in Human resources for School Business Professionals C.4

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)has worked in partnership with ISBL to create a qualification especially for school business professionals with responsibility for HR and people development.

The ISBL commissioned this new qualification in recognition that many school business professionals manage diverse and often complex people-related issues. These can include anything from dealing with poor performance to
recruiting, developing and retaining great staff.

Who is this qualification for?

It is ideal for people who are recognised as the HR professional within their school or someone whose responsibilities include managing and advising on people-related matters. This level 5 qualification will enable you to develop and implement people plans to help your school meet its operational and strategic goals.


What does it include?

understanding business issues and how they influence HR decision-making

employment law and its application to issues such as grievances, dismissals

and advising colleagues on maternity/paternity leave and retirement

researching data and insights about HR and applying it to your school

resourcing and talent planning to review and plan recruitment, ensuring your school employs and retains sufficient numbers of skilled staff

reward management when working for a publicly funded organisation

developing yourself to understand the benefits of effective HR practice in schools.​


Whats involved?

The qualification includes six modules studied over 12 months via classroom training (11 days), webinars and workbooks. It is delivered by experienced HR practitioners who, together with a dedicated personal tutor, will provide you with coaching and support throughout.

There are no exams. At the end of each unit there is a written assignment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of the topic and, where relevant, how you have applied that knowledge at work.

Attendance in all webinars and workshops is compulsory 

webinars - all start at 16:00.

workshops - 09:30-17:00.


The modules have been specially contextualised to recognise the uniqueness of the educational environment. In the classroom, the tutor will encourage discussion about key themes and how this translates to the school setting.
‘I’m a manager in a small organisation with responsibility for HR in my job. I didn’t know if an HR qualification was going to be too specialist for me. I needn’t have worried.I could easily relate the topics to my job and could easily apply what I learned at work. I would wholeheartedly recommend this programme.’
CIPD student, graduated October 2017



CIPD Grosvenor Gardens Fourth Floor 46 Grosvenor Gardens London SW1W 0EB


During the training you will also become a member of the CIPD, giving you access to an unrivalled range of resources and online networks with HR professionals from the UK and beyond. Further information on the benefits of CIPD membership can be found at cipd.co.uk/membership


Introductory Webinar 1 hour 17 September 2019

Developing Professional Practice 1 day 24 September 2019

DVP Webinar 1 hour 03 October 2019

Business Issues and the Context of HR 2 days 12-13 November 2019

CHR Webinar 1 hour 26 November 2019

Using Information in HR 1 day 14 January 2020

UIN Webinar 1 hour 27 January 2020

The Employment Law Practitioner – A Complete Approach 3 days 2-4 March 2020

Resourcing and Talent Planning 2 days 13-14 May 2020

RST Webinar 1 hour 21 May 2020

Reward Management 2 days 16-17 June 2020

RMT Webinar 1 hour 25 June 2020


The fee for the certificate is £2999 + VAT ; this includes CIPD Student membership.

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