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CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational L&D

At CIPD Level 5 we offer the intermediate Diploma which upon successful completion leads to Associate membership of the CIPD, and will enable you to apply a wide-range of organisational L&D management skills in the workplace.

What does the diploma course offer?

At Acacia Learning, we are leading experts in delivering the CIPD Level 5 in Organisational L&D qualifications. 

Our learning and development training will accelerate your career progression and provide you with an internationally recognised CIPD qualification. With this course you will develop relevant and essential knowledge and skills, and gain professional Associate membership of the CIPD. 

The CIPD have launched new 2021 qualifications. Find out what has changed including how the new Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development course compares to the previous CIPD Level 5 L&D Diploma. Read: CIPD course levels 3, 5 & 7 explained.

I completed my Level 5 L&D qualification in 20 weeks doing a mixture of evenings & weekend courses. Margaret Heath was a brilliant teacher, encouraging discussion and further learning from my fellow L&D students. Highly recommended!


Holly McGuigan


The Diploma provides a comprehensive overview of Organisational Learning & Development management.

  • Choose this if:

    you want to gain an in-depth understanding of all L&D specialist areas. Perfect for those ambitious to move to Level 7.

  • Duration - 8 - 10 months

    Most part-time students complete a module every month.

  • Syllabus

    7 units: 3 Core + 3 Specialist + 1 Optional

  • Accreditation

    CIPD Associate membership

  • Price (inc vat)

    Live Online: £3,150

    Classroom: £4,040 10% off, now £3,636!

  • Additional cost:

      CIPD membership must be taken to complete this course and this is not included within our course fee.
CIPD Level 5 L&D review

Aparna works for one of the Big Four accounting firms and she is responsible for establishing and rolling out virtual classrooms, and delivering new employee induction programs. She studied her CIPD Level 5 in L&D with with us by attending block weekend classes in London. Read her story.

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CIPD membership must be taken to complete any of these courses and this is not included within our course fee. You can find out more about CIPD membership through their website.

Using the Apprenticeship Levy

Whether your employer is a Levy payer or not you can use the apprenticeship initiative to fund your CIPD Learning & Development qualifications.

Contact us to find out how we can support you and your organisation with the Learning & Development Consultant Apprenticeship (Level 5).

Choose the level that’s right for you

Speak with one of our CIPD Course Advisors to gain a better understanding of our Learning & Development qualifications and how they work. They will discuss your specific requirements, offer you advice and provide you with further information on our study options, start dates and more.

Course Delivery and Assessment

Join our online or London classroom workshops one weekend a month to understand how to ensure L&D is recognised as an essential part of successful organisations. 

Live Online
Assessment Process

Complete your CIPD Level 5 course remotely via our unique Live Online workshops. Our Live Online classes run once a month. They combine convenient remote learning, with the supportive structure and interaction of our classroom training.

For more experienced professionals, you can complete modules through our competency route. This gives you 121 specialist tutor support that will guide you to build a portfolio of evidence in place of classroom learning. Sessions are arranged at times to suit you directly with the tutor using Skype.

  • Join our London workshops and complete your qualification one weekend a month.
  • Gain expertise from our wonderful CIPD approved tutors.
  • Share knowledge and skills with other L&D professionals from a diverse range of organisations.
  • Our CIPD Level 5 Learning & Development courses are all run from our Holborn Study Centre, Central London.

For the level 5 CIPD organisational learning and development course, there will be different assessments based on the modules and will vary between practical assessments, reporting tasks and presentations.

All the assessments will be marked by a CIPD verified tutor of whom will ensure all CIPD verification protocols are followed.

The Modules

Our highly flexible approach to course module delivery means you can study how and where you want. All prices are inclusive of VAT. The new Associate Diploma consists of 7 units: 3 Core + 3 Specialist + pick 1 Optional.

Core:Organisational performance & culture in practice

This unit examines the connections between organisational structure and the workplace in a business context. It also considers the factors and trends that may impact business strategy and workforce planning, whilst recognising the influence of culture, employee wellbeing and behaviour in delivering change and organisational performance.

Learning outcomes

• Understand the connections between organisational structure, strategy and the business operating environment.

• Analyse external factors and trends and assess business priorities and issues including the scale of technology within organisations.

• Interpret theories and models of organisational and human behaviour and the drivers for change.

• Examine how to build diversity and inclusion that aims to promote a positive culture.

• Evaluate the relationship between the employee lifecycle and your work and how people
practice connects and supports people and organisational strategies to ensure business goals are delivered in line with customer requirements.

Core:Evidence based practice

This unit will help you to understand the importance of capturing quantitative and qualitative evidence to gain insight and evaluate critical information. It focuses on analysing evidence to improve decision-making and learn how measuring the impact of people practice is essential in creating value.

Learning outcomes

• Develop understanding of the concepts of evidence-based practice and the tools and methods that are applied to diagnose issues and opportunities.

• Explain the principles of critical thinking and assess how different ethical perspectives can influence decision making.

• Evaluate the benefits, risks and financial implications of solutions aimed at improving people practice issues.

• Measure the impact and value people practice contributions make to organisations through collation of key findings and scrutiny of key systems and data.

Core:Professional behaviours & valuing people

In this module you will learn how applying key professional behaviours including ethical practice, courage and inclusivity can build positive working relationships and support employee participation and well-being. It considers how developing and mastering new professional behaviours and practice can impact performance.

Learning outcomes

• Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviours by appraising what it means to be a people professional, and how personal and ethical values can be applied, including contributing to discussions with confidence and conviction to influence others.

• Champion inclusive and collaborative strategies, arguing the human and business benefits of
inclusive behaviours and the right to be fairly treated at work.

• Design and evaluate solutions aimed at building positive working relationships.

• Demonstrate personal commitment to learning, professional development and performance improvement by exploring how the role of a people professional is evolving.

• Assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas and formulate a range of CPD activities to support your learning journey.

Specialist:Supporting self-directed & social learning

This module is about recognising how individuals are increasingly wanting to learn at their own pace, by their preferred method, and in a way that fits with their personal schedules and lifestyle. In addition, you will learn how effective organisational learning embraces formal and informal socialised activities. You will also understand the benefits of driving performance through learning and understand how L&D professionals must facilitate approaches for those who learn in these ways.

Learning outcomes

• The concepts of, and connections between, self-directed and social learning and the underpinning theories, including evaluating the benefits and risks.

• Explain steps that organisations take to encourage learning and how digital and technological innovations encourage and enable self-directed and social learning.

• Support learning through the curation of learning resources including developing guidance which encourages and supports learners.

Specialist:Learning & development design to create value

This module examines the relationship between the learning and development needs of employees and organisational goals. It focuses on the elements of theoretical and contextual learning design in facilitating impactful learning experiences that support performance and productivity.

Learning outcomes

• Different factors that need to be considered when designing learning and development including programmes for dispersed workforces and how inclusivity and accessibility can be built into the design stage.

• Establish learning and development needs, evaluating methods for identifying organisational needs and key principles.

• Conduct stakeholder analysis in relation to learning and development activity and convert relevant information into clearly stated learning and development objectives.

• Design engaging learning and development solutions to address identified objectives.

Specialist:Facilitate personalised & performance focused learning

This module focuses on the effective facilitation of learning activities that have an impact. This includes knowing how to prepare an effective intervention, making use of pre-learning activities and personalisation to create learning that can be transferred back into the business context. In addition, it explores facilitation techniques, whether face-to-face or online, and the principles and ethics that underpin the delivery of a positive learning experience.

Learning outcomes

• Develop a range of personalised, accessible learning resources evaluating internal and external factors as part of your preparation.

• Discuss the concept of facilitation and facilitation techniques to support learning and demonstrate techniques for monitoring the effectiveness of learning activities, differentiating these according to the needs of learners.

• Explore ethical factors involved in the facilitation of learning and will deliver an inclusive learning activity that meets objectives.

• Explain the concept of ‘transfer of learning’ and evaluate the role of line managers in supporting this.

Optional:Specialist employment law

The specialist employment law module looks at the key areas of employment legislation and its legal framework. It focuses on how people professionals are obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out the varied aspects of their role.

Learning outcomes

• Learn about the purpose of employment regulation and the way that it is enforced in practice.

• Evaluate the aims and objectives, the role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law and how cases are settled before and after legal procedures.

• Explain the main principles of discrimination law, how to manage recruitment and selection activities lawfully as well as learning about redundancy law and changes in contracts.

• Learn about managing issues relating to pay and working time in a lawful way and employment rights for flexible working.

Optional:People management in an international context

This module is designed to help People Management practitioners to understand people practice from an international perspective. It focuses on the challenges, considerations and importance of people practice in an international context. You will learn about the importance of people practice and the process and benefits of managing expatriates.

Learning outcomes

• Examine contextual factors in relation to managing people from an international perspective and assess the drivers and benefits of employment in an international context.

• Explain convergent and divergent approaches to policy and practice and learn about the factors relevant in selecting and resourcing, as well as the challenges and cultural differences to consider.

• Evaluate the reasons expatriates are used for international working and the formation of appropriate policies and processes for selecting, preparing and managing overseas repatriation.

Ten reasons to choose us

  • 96.4% Level 5 pass rate
  • More flexible study options than anyone else
  • Several start dates each month throughout the year
  • 24/7 access to specially designed online resources
  • Free official Level 5 CIPD textbook
  • A welcoming community of experienced tutors, as well as Acacia’s friendly support team
  • Plentiful opportunities to meet like-minded professionals and create lifelong connections
  • Celebratory Graduation events and our annual Awards night
  • Interest-free monthly payment options
  • Highly competitive prices without compromising on quality

Career Options

The CIPD Level 5 Organisational L&D Intermediate diploma is ideal if you are:

  • Already in an L&D role and looking to take the next steps.
  • Seeking to gain an internationally recognised CIPD qualification.
  • Have a basic foundation in L&D or training experience and wish to gain a more formal recognised award.

CIPD qualifications are the gold standard in HR and L&D. The skills you develop with us will open new career options. Jobs which would be suitable once you have completed your CIPD level 5 qualifications include L&D Business Partner or Manager, L&D Consultant, Organisation Design Specialist, Organisational Development Business Partner, Employee Experience Manager, L&D Designer roles.


The skills you develop with the CIPD Level 5 qualification will open new exciting career options for you!

HR Manager Average pay: £35,419
Top pay: £62,252

Your Tutors

I looked at different providers but went with Acacia because it was face to face classes and they were the only people who took an interest in describing the different levels and what was right for me working in L&D. The tutors were superb – they knew their subject and made it interesting. I felt like I was working with a fellow professional not a teacher and student. 


JoeAcacia CIPD L&D Level 5 Student

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