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Simon Thomas

Studying: CIPD Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Development

I was initially attracted to the CIPD Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Development as it was specific to Learning & Development, rather than being a more general HR qualification. The flexible way that the modules were built helped me piece together exactly what I wanted. There were no barriers to entry – it was a simple process and even though I didn’t have “L&D manager” in the title of my role, the MOL team realised that my leadership experience and training background would still mean that I could go straight onto the Level 7 programme.

The one day workshops per month really enabled me to complete the course without impacting on my day job too much. I found the resources very comprehensive and the content of the workbooks was very current and interactively structured. The study workbooks, online resources and workshops meant that I always had some learning support around me, which was very important given that it was a distance learning course and I was new to the L&D business.

At first, I was unsure how I would compare to my fellow learners (who were all experienced L&D professionals) but they, together with the tutor, were a very supportive group. My business and leadership experience gave me the understanding and experience upon which I could draw, in order to contribute and learn.

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Julie Webber CIPD award winner

Julie Webber studied on an advanced MOL human resources (HR) programme. She won a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) award for the highest mark in the national exams. Julie is a human resources (HR) manager. She says she chose MOL for her training because of our impressive success rates.

‘I researched a number of providers and decided to enrol with MOL for my qualification. I was impressed with MOL’s success rates and the availability of tutors after office hours. This was a real benefit because I did most of my study after work.

‘MOL was ideal because I didn’t need to travel to evening workshops every week. I could study at a time and pace that suited me. I stayed motivated, knowing there were exams at the end and passing the programme would be great for my career.

The tutor was excellent and made a real difference

‘The materials were comprehensive, the modules were well focused and the practical elements, including a mock tribunal, were very useful. The tutor was excellent and made a real difference. I found the work on employment law particularly interesting. It was a fantastic module and I learnt a huge amount.’

Julie has this advice for prospective students:

‘Complete as many practice exam papers as possible to fully understand what an examiner is looking for. Don’t just learn the necessary topics - understand the key theories attached to them. Look for examples in your own organisation and others. Plan goals for the programme, but remember that there may be challenges to resolve along the way.’

What next? Do you want to move your career forward without putting your life on hold? Find out about people management and development programmes with MOL.