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CIPD Competency Learning

General Information

Acacia Learning has developed a unique delivery and assessment model for HR/L&D Administrators and Advisors (Foundation,) Senior Advisors, Business Partners and Managers (Intermediate and Advanced) which acknowledges their experience already gained and minimises the number of workshops to be attended.

 

The programme supports learners in developing the underpinning knowledge required as an effective HRM/D Practitioner, but also acknowledges the experience and competence in the workplace they already possess.

 

At Foundation Level – Experience of ‘at least’ 2 years is essential. All units are available via competence assessment if the learner is eligible to do so, It is usual at Foundation Level for learners to complete via a mixed combination of both taught workshops and competence assessment. Eligibility is determined following an initial assessment of CV and job description *These should give an indication of potential sources of supporting workplace evidence which will be required for this mode of study.

 

At Intermediate Level, all units are available via competence assessment if the learner is eligible to do so. Eligibility is determined following an initial assessment of CV, job description *These should give an indication of potential sources of supporting workplace evidence which will be required for this mode of study.

 

At Advanced Level study 7SBL and ALL Optional Modules are available via competence assessment if the learner is eligible to do so. Again, eligibility is determined following an initial assessment of CV, job description. *7LMP, 7HRC, 7IBI modules CANNOT be completed via competence assessment.

Working with several organisations including: World Health Organisation, DP World and DAL, Acacia Learning clients and its learners have found this ‘flexible’ approach highly beneficial where:

  • Senior learners have extensive experience already gained and do not believe taught workshops would be beneficial to their development
  • Learners may not have the availability to attend scheduled workshops
  • Learners have had a last-minute emergency or sickness and have been unable to attend workshops
  • Learners may be based outside of the UK and workshop attendance is not possible

If you are lacking experience in a particular area, you can opt for a ‘mix and match’ (some modules in workshops and some via the competency route) approach, allowing you to attend workshop sessions to build up those theoretical gaps whilst completing the other modules via the competency based route. Alternatively if you are simply not sure if the workshop or competency route would suit you best, why not try one module of each and then make the decision which one to pursue?

Frequently Asked Questions

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Acacia Learning has developed a unique delivery model for the CIPD Qualifications that provides both the underpinning knowledge required as an effective HRM/L&D Practitioner, but also acknowledges the experience and competence you already possess. The programme is therefore a combination of both taught input via your attendance on scheduled workshops and competence assessment of your experience and ability via your production of work based evidence. The mixed mode is designed specifically for busy and experienced practitioners at all levels who have a number of years within the field, who can provide workplace evidence to support their claim and who wish to minimise the number of days away from the workplace for study.
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If you have the relevant experience you can complete almost any of the modules on our CIPD courses via competency assessment.
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To demonstrate your competence, you are required to develop an e-portfolio of work based evidence that is mapped against the assessment criteria of the modules covered.
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Assessment of each module will take place on either a 1-1 or remote basis (e.g. Skype) and via a taped professional discussion with your Assessor. Professional discussion typically takes 1 hour per module and will involve a structured review of workplace practice, your supporting evidence and the critical research review you have completed.
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You will need to allocate time for studying and preparing for assessment but this can be at your own pace and when you can balance it with work and home life. Talk to your tutor to agree how many hours per week you should allocate to study.
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If you are completing modules via competence assessment only, it usually takes 1-2 months per module but this is largely dependent upon how much time you can allocate to study and how quickly you can produce and submit your work.
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You will receive individually tailored support and guidance from one of our highly experienced Associates. Whilst studying, all support will be delivered remotely via Skype, e-mail and telephone directly to your home or workplace. If you are completing some modules on a taught basis you will also attend our workshops led by industry practitioners and who will provide support and guidance during and outside of your workshops.
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To apply in the first instance please send your current job description and CV so we can assess your suitability for the programme and which modules you can take remotely.

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