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Who is Acacia?

We are a learning company founded on a passion to deliver the highest quality and most flexible training programmes possible – ones that make a real difference to learners and employers alike. Since we started, we have helped thousands of people to take their knowledge, skills and careers to the next level.

We are specialists in Human Resources, Learning & Development, Health, safety & environment and Accountancy, covering the full spectrum from entry-level courses through to postgraduate-equivalent qualifications. Our 30 expert tutors work at the forefront of new thinking and practice, and we’re delighted to have been recognised as one of the best CIPD training centres.
We started life in 2007, in order to offer a more flexible and cost-effective alternative to existing CIPD courses. Our founder Julie Cook (a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, with a background in HR management) had worked for the CIPD in a role managing the business school and local college. She noticed that a large portion of student fees were allocated to college overheads and central student services, such as empty buildings and long college holidays.

This inspired her to set up Acacia Learning, whose model was to hire tutors and rooms only when needed, and provide many more study options, in order to better serve those with busy work schedules and lives. Since then Acacia has grown significantly, with more qualifications, study options, locations and major clients added every year.

Julie Cook, Director of Acacia Learning
Julie Cook, Director of Acacia Learning
Acacia students collecting their CIPD Certificates and Diplomas
Acacia students at the Shard graduation

Why we exist?

“We believe that strategic change in the workplace starts with your own development.”

Companies need people who are able to develop new ways of thinking to forge the future. 

We specialise in bringing you diverse, dynamic and world-class learning programmes, helping you transform your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. So you can enjoy achieving your own development goals, whilst making a real impact to an ever-changing world and workplace.

How we’re different?


All our courses are built around world-class content, taught by leading practitioners in the field, and using the latest learning methodology and tools. These are things we never compromise on.

We don’t just arm our learners with best practice – we give them the skills to forge future best practice, and help transform their workplace.


Our courses are carefully designed to engage you right from the get-go, and sustain your motivation throughout – which means better outcomes.

We’re known for having a supportive and passionate learning environment, with lots of interaction with tutors; and for creating learning communities where professionals can continue to connect for years to come.


We know that everyone has different requirements, and so Acacia was founded on the principles of diversity and choice in learning.

We offer great flexibility in how you can study, with both classroom and digital options, and a diverse range of locations, study times, dates, group sizes, and payment options. We continue to evolve our offering in response to the changing needs of our customers.

What we believe

Acacia Mark Robertson Photo
98.5% Acacia students recommend us!
Acacia Tutor and Student of the Year 2018

Where are we?

Acacia Learning Ltd
26 Havelock Walk
SE23 3HG
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 208 239 1323


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