Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article I am about to complete my BA in business management which included a unit onemployment law. Prior to this I completed my HND in business and personnel.After four years of night school, I have discovered that the CIPD onlyrecognises post-graduate qualifications for accreditation towards its standard.Have I wasted four years, or do you think this study would be enough to pass anassessment test, which I understand is an option? As my age is already againstme, I don’t want to spend another three years studying. Suzanne Taylor, HR consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes Your HND in business and personnel will indeed give you eligibility forexemption to both ‘managing activities’ and ‘managing people’ units of theCIPD. However, it is only eligibility – it is down to individual universitiesas to whether or not they give you the exemption, so it is worth shoppingaround between universities. Of course, this also means that you must beprepared to study for the remaining electives to complete the qualification. Interms of the assessment route, this does need post-graduate level qualificationsto progress towards CIPD membership, so further study will be a necessity. You can be reassured that your four years of study have not been a waste oftime, but equally, it is not the end of the road. Hang on in there,qualification will be worth the effort. For further information regardingexemptions and courses, it is worth you contacting the CIPD directly. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy What you have achieved to date should not be considered a waste of time. Youhave shown commitment by attending night school and now have a degree inbusiness management. It is essential for HR professionals to have anunderstanding of business. The issue for you now is the CIPD qualification. As you rightly state, theCIPD will only accredit post-graduate qualifications as the new CIPD standardsare deemed to be at Masters level. Therefore, it will be necessary to reviewyour options. How important is it for you to gain the CIPD qualification? You have been misinformed about an assessment test, as there is no suchthing. I am afraid your options are limited to undertaking the CIPDqualification at college, or looking at the work-based professional assessmentroute, which gives you CIPD Graduate Membership and can be completed in a year. Night school was a waste of timeOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.