People Professional

The Level 5 People Professional apprenticeship launched in September this year, replacing the Level 5 HR Consultant/Business Partner apprenticeship. Like the old qualification, this is aimed at those working in People Practice roles at a consultant level, who have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of people activities, even if they have specialised roles. As with all apprenticeships, this is for people already in the role who are looking to increase their knowledge, skills and behaviours and gain associate membership of the CIPD.

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What’s New?

The new Level 5 People Professional qualification offers a more comprehensive learning experience for apprentices than its predecessor. Whilst the core of the programme is the same, the new version looks to:

develop further accompanying skills, such as project management tools and techniques

address new key business trends, such as sustainable working practices, and

recognise the growing influence of technology and digital working on people practices

The length of the programme has slightly increased to give learners the time to focus on the increased syllabus.


The ways in which the qualification is assessed is changing to make it a quicker and slicker process, shortening from around six months to four. The Diploma, which has always been a part of the old HR5 qualification, has now been incorporated into the end point assessment which will help learners to see how the Diploma and the standards elements are intrinsically linked rather than feeling like two distinct elements.

Learners will still be expected to demonstrate the high quality of work that has always been associated with the level 5 qualification but they will now have the option of using projects and pieces of work completed over the course of the programme rather than having to time in a project to fit in with their end point assessment, which has proved challenging for apprentices in the past.

Whilst full details of the EPA processes are still being finalised, we are excited to 

be offering this more comprehensive and modernised version of the level 5 qualification.

Click Here to find out more about the L5 People Professional Apprenticeship.

Jim Blythe

Jim Blythe has worked in People Professional roles for most of the last 25 years. Supporting organisations in the UK, Northern Europe and North America. He specialises in learning and development, recruitment and organisational design, though he has been a reluctant Generalist too. He has worked in modern apprenticeships continuously since 2017. Designing curriculums and content for HR, learning and development, leadership and management and business administration programmes.