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CIPD in Saudi Arabia


Join CIPD’s international community of HR and L&D specialists with our accredited courses. Find out more about why thousands of professionals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have successfully taken their carers to the next step with Acacia. 

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CIPD courses in KSA

Since 2014 we have been delivering fully CIPD Accredited HR courses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During this time we have helped thousands of professionals in the Kingdom to become CIPD qualified and progress in their careers with one of the world’s most highly respected and recognised professional qualifications.

Our flexible timetable includes classroom and live online sessions tailored to meet the needs of organisations and individuals in KSA. With Acacia you can achieve the following qualifications, CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice and the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management or Organisational Learning & Development. 

We deliver world class CIPD programmes in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar, as well as on our Live Online platform to enable HR Professionals to contribute significantly to the strategically important vision 2030 and capability of the Saudi Arabian workforce.

Whether face-to-face or online, our courses are delivered in English by highly experienced UK tutors based at our Middle East office in Riyadh. Our KSA office is headed up by Acacia Learning practitioner and Middle East Operations Manager, Kevin Haslam. Kevin has a wealth of experience as a CIPD practitioner, facilitator, lecturer and psychotherapist having worked in the private, public and charity sectors both in the UK and internationally within a range of sectors including telecoms, aviation, health and logistics.

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Which CIPD courses can I study with Acacia Middle East?

We run the following CIPD HR and Learning & Development courses with training course start dates each month. Contact our Course Advisers now to find out more and book your first module.

Get up to 30,000 SAR to support your CIPD training with Acacia Learning. Find out more about how Saudi nationals can apply for funding from the HRDF programme


If you’re just starting out in HR or L&D or working in a support role, the foundation courses will make an ideal first professional qualification.

CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice
Price: Classroom: 28,000 SAR | Live Online: 20,000 SAR

Prices include VAT


If you’re already working in HR or L&D and want to develop your knowledge and skills or looking to move to a more senior position then this undergraduate degree-level qualification is the choice for you.

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management
Price: Classroom: 35,000 SAR | Live Online: 28,500 SAR

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development
Price: Live Online: 28,500 SAR

Prices include VAT


Individuals with relevant work experience may be able to complete a flexible fast track competency route based on demonstrable experience for much of the CIPD Advanced Certificate.

CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic People Management or Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development
Price: Live Online: 35,000 SAR

Prices include VAT

Upon successful completion of the CIPD Level 3, 5 or 7 qualifications will give you eligibility for CIPD professional membership. Find out more about the CIPD membership benefits here >

For more information about the different CIPD levels read CIPD Levels 3, 5 and 7 explained.

CIDP Membership 2021

CIPD qualifications are highly regarded by employers and internationally recognised. Read this blog: CIPD Membership 2021 explained to understand more about the different membership levels and the benefits of each.

CIPD Levels

The CIPD have launched their new 2021 qualifications. Find out about what has changed including how the new Certificate In People Practice qualification compares to the previous CIPD Level 3 Diploma? Read: CIPD course levels 3, 5 & 7 explained.

Middle East Student Award Winner 2020 Rewiza Muza emigrated from Sudan to live and work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She decided to study the level 5 CIPD diploma to develop herself professionally and submitted excellent work throughout the programme. Listen to her story >

How does CIPD KSA timetable work?

COVID-19 UPDATE: following guidance from the Saudi Government, all of our sessions are currently being run live online. We will move back into classrooms in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar as soon as the Ministry of Health tells us it’s safe. 

All of our sessions are delivered by expert UK tutors with experience of working in the Middle East. 

Contact us to find out more about any of our CIPD programmes or speak with a tutor based in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

CIPD Middle East

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Delivered over 4 weekends. The next start dates are listed below.
Thursday: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Friday: 2:00pm – 7:30pm | Saturday: 9:30am – 2:30pm KSA

5th – 6th March 2021 (2 days)
2nd – 3rd April 2021 (2 days)
21st – 22nd May 2021 (2 days)
24th – 26th June 2021 (3 days)

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Delivered over 3 separate weeks across three months. The next start dates are:
All days 4.00pm – 9.00pm KSA

7th – 10th March 2021 (4 days)
11th – 14th April 2021 (4 days) 10.00pm – 02.30am
16th – 18th May 2021 (3 days)
20th – 21st June 2021 (2 days)

What are the CIPD Live Online KSA classes?

  • Our live online sessions provide students with a supportive structure + the interaction of a classroom environment
  • Our sessions are all live with a small group to develop your thinking and support you to apply your learning
  • Online classes run once a month, either over a weekend or during the week
  • Superb online resources accessible 24/7 to support your online study.
  • Get the same support as you would in the classroom from our expert lead UK tutor based in Riyadh
  • Study in the comfort of your own home or at the office

Some of the great features you get whilst studying remotely with CIPD LIVE online >

What our CIPD students in KSA say

  • It was a great pleasure to be trained and coached by Mr. Kevin in CIPD Diploma L3. During this opportunity Mr. Kevin inspired us to develop and enhance our knowledge and experience in HR and how to turn what we gained to practice. He’s a great motivator, helpful, supportive and one of the best tutors that I ever met. Mr. Kevin is delivering his HR knowledge and sharing his professional experience in an interesting, amazing and unforgettable way. Thank you for your effort and time.

    Assoc. CIPD
  • Mr. Kevin is a remarkable Coach and educator. It was really an honour to be one of his student in CIPD. I learned and gained a lot during the blocks, which the way he taught us was beneficial and amazing. His HR knowledge where explained in an attractive way. As he is a great HR professional, he is a great motivator.

    Assoc. CIPD
  • It was a pleasure to be mentored by Kevin at Acacia learning and it was a great experience, Mr. Kevin has a great personality. Is full of experience and knowledge. I have benefited a lot from him, I enjoyed very much as I learned, where I had a great knowledge of HR and how connects reality situations where he familiar with the laws in Saudi Arabia and the GCC. And the method of teaching more than wonderful and attractive.

    Acacia CIPD Intermediate Level 5 student
  • Mr. Kevin, is one of the best educators that taught me. I like his way of teaching where he combines knowledge with humor, which makes you love the class of CIPD that I took with him where he was professional and humorous and patient with us . Thank you for your time and efforts you have given us all.

    Acacia Saudi Student
  • It was one of the great opportunity for me to be coached by Mr.Kevin in the CIPD programme Mr. Kevin is one of the great personality that I ever met in the HR. He is one of the Real HR practitioners who always motivates us to put what we learn in practice.

    Assoc CIPD, Intermediate Level 5 Acacia Saudi Student
  • I have passed my #CIPD diploma by completing the entire assessments in Human resource practices which have given me a huge knowledge and skills to implement. A big thanks to the talented instructor Kevin Haslam – Ac MCIPD for the rich information shared with us and to all of my colleagues.

    Assoc CIPD
  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a very valuable time during the program. I really enjoyed it, and appreciated that you made it easy to understand and fun! I found the program was informative and inspirational of evolution my skills and knowledge of Human Resources field. I look forward to continuing with Acacia especially with you in level 5 and several courses inshallah.

    Najla Aladwani

Our Middle East Clients

Aramco, CIPD Client with Acacia Learning Middle East, KSA
Deutsche Gulf Finance, CIPD Diploma in HR
Mercer Saudi Arabia, HR CIPD courses
Saptco Aranco, CIPD Client Acacia Learning Middle East, KSA
Deutsche Gulf Finance, CIPD Diploma in HR
Ministry of Education Saudi Arabia, CIPD Client
Morgan Stanley, CIPD HR Client in KSA
King Saud University, studying CIPD HR with Acacia Learning
Kafa'at, Riyadh CIPD HR Client

FAQ's about our CIPD programmes in KSA

Can you provide training for my HR team?

We can absolutely accommodate groups of in-house students or tailor a course to your organisational needs. Just get in contact to discuss your requirements and speak to one of our friendly course advisers today.

Who will be teaching me?

Whether you study in the classroom or online you will have the same expert UK tutors. All of our tutors are CIPD approved as well as being excellent facilitators. You will study in small groups where your tutor will support you to understand theory and best practice but you will also apply your learning to the context of working in the Middle East and beyond.

I’m planning to study from home, what equipment set-up is required exactly?

All you need is a decent internet connection, speakers and a microphone. Headphones are optional.

What is the difference between CIPD Online and Live Online courses?

Lots of other CIPD training providers offer CIPD 100% online courses where students learn on their own schedule without any real time instructor. Acacia’s Live Online classes require students and instructors to be online at the same time for planned interactive sessions in small groups.

Where does teaching take place?

In Saudi Arabia we run CIPD sessions in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar. We also have specific live online classes run from our Riyadh office. You can also study with us in Kuwait and London.


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