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Diploma in HR Practice


Course duration:
135 hours
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Public course price:
*From £2,110.50

CIPD Approved CentreDiploma in HR Practice (DHRP) - The UK's most popular HR qualification

The CIPD Foundation Diploma in Human Resources Practice provides a firm foundation in all the areas of human resources and is a natural study route towards undertaking the CIPD's new Advanced Level qualifications. It will help you develop practical, relevant skills and, above all, will give you the confidence to be more effective at work.

The Diploma in HR Practice course is designed to provide a firm foundation in all of the core areas of HR, providing a wide range of knowledge as well as practical skills. Whether you are at the start of your career or want to gain a professional qualification in order to further your career, this course will give you the confidence to achieve your goals and support your organisation more effectively.

Workplace Law has been running the popular Diploma in HR Practice course since its introduction in early 2010. With a commitment to excellence for CIPD courses, Workplace Law applies all of the passion and experience developed running the certificate level courses for several years into the new format.

The new course structure is more easily accessible to students and represents the core competencies needed to operate at a particular level in HR practice.

About the Diploma in HR Practice course

This unique Workplace Law course combines the speed and flexibility of e-learning with the quality tutor contact time of traditional classroom learning.

Workplace Law's fast-track Diploma in HR Practice (DHRP) course takes approximately 20 weeks to complete. A combination of e-learning and intensive classroom study in Cambridge or London leaves you free to study when you want, but with plenty of opportunity to interact with our expert tutors and fellow students during the residential sessions. What's more, the flexible course programme cuts the cost of travelling and saves your company money by reducing the time you spend away from the workplace.

Course structure

The CIPD Foundation Diploma in HR Practice follows a similar path to CHRP but requires 37 credits and covers more topics. These credits are made up of the following:

Core modules (10 credits)


  • Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources
  • Recording, Analysing and Using Human Resources Information
  • Developing Yourself as an Effective Human Resources Practitioner


Further modules (27 credits)


  • Supporting good practice in managing employment relations
  • Resourcing talent
  • Supporting good practice in performance and reward management
  • Delivering learning and development activities
  • Contributing to the process of job analysis


Who is the DHRP course for?


  • Those new to HR / personnel.
  • People interested in a move into HR / personnel.
  • Line managers who are involved in HR / personnel activities.
  • HR staff who do not have sufficient qualifications to undertake the CIPD Advanced Level course.


How is the course assessed?

The Diploma in HR courses are assessment-based qualifications and the methods of assessment will include skills assessments, written assessments, online case studies and quizzes.

The CHRP course is split 50:50 between class based study and web-based e-learning, as is the DHRP course with the exception of the Contributing to the process of job analysis module, which is studied solely online.

Students will have access to tutors throughout their study on this course.


You don't need any previous experience to take the DHRP course; however, some human resources experience would be beneficial. You will also need an email address and access to the internet. You will be required to take part in a telephone interview prior to starting the course.

CIPD membership

Students of the Foundation Certificate or Diploma are required to gain student membership of the CIPD. On completion of the DHRP course you will have been provided with the knowledge required for the Associate professional level of membership. Contact the CIPD for further details on upgrading after your course.

What our students have to say

Direct Claims Status

Workplace Law has recently been granted Direct Claims Status by the CIPD for all of our CIPD Accredited courses. This is the highest level awarded by the CIPD and indicates their absolute confidence in Workplace Law to provide excellent services to our students, demonstrates evidence of robust internal procedures, and provides assurance that the qualifications are provided with integrity to the CIPD brand.

We are able to apply for certificates as soon as students receive a pass for all unit assignments, which means a considerable reduction in the time students wait for their certificates.

Direct Claim Status is awarded following significant scrutiny and quality assurance of all internal processes and assessment decisions.  It requires excellence and best practice at all times, and Workplace Law is committed to continuing to maintain and improve on these processes to ensure that the regulations of the CIPD and the reputation of these highly sought-after qualifications are upheld.

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  • 9 Sep 2014
    *From £2,110.50
  • 16 Sep 2014
    *From £2,024.10


  • "I studied with Workplace Law for a Diploma in HR Practice from May to September 2012. I found the training was excellent, very informative and well-structured modules. I passed the course and cannot thank Workplace Law enough for helping me through it. The tutors were brilliant, very interactive and explained information in the modules well. There were a few assessments which were quite nerve racking, but the tutors helped to make us all relaxed and we sailed through. I found all the staff very helpful and quick to respond to any queries. I would definitely recommend Workplace Law to anyone contemplating a HR course." Pat Menikou, DW Windsor Lighting
  • "I really enjoyed studying for the Foundation Diploma in HR Practice at Workplace Law. I feel this gave me a great insight into the principles of human resources, and the ability to develop essential skills that I can utilise in the workplace. The module tutors were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, giving me extremely detailed feedback on the assessed exercises I completed. Workplace Law provided exceptional hospitality during the classroom blocks and the Direct Study Team always responded promptly to all of my questions about the course. I have already had the opportunity to recommend the course to one person, and hope to be able to do so many more times in the future." Jonathan Corbett, LGSS

*Rates shown include 10% discount for members of BIFM, FMA and RICS.