Jobs you can get with a CIPD QualificationCareer Opportunities with a CIPD qualification

If you are curious about job roles in HR, Learning and Development or People Management then look no further. We have done all the work for you.  We have put together a guide on the best HR jobs requiring a CIPD qualification.  Before starting out on your journey, find out what is involved for each role and their respective guide salary which reflect current salary guides advertised by Morgan McKinlay. If you are interested in becoming a CIPD certified professional, look no further than here.

Discover what each role involves and whether it is your dream job.

HR Jobs you can get with a CIPD qualification level 3

Typical HR jobs and roles for CIPD certified professionals at level 3 (comparable to level 5 in Ireland) includes:

  • HR Administrator
  • HR Assistant
  • Learning and Development Coordinator
  • Organisational Development Administrator

The qualification needed for HR careers as a HR Administrator, HR Assistant, Organisational Development Administrator and Learning and Development Coordinator is a CIPD Foundation Certificate in People practice  or a   OTHM level 3 Diploma in People and Organisations.

HR Administrator

What do they do?  A HR administrator provides administrative support to a busy HR Department assisting in the administrative duties associated with the maintaining of a HR System.  The role of HR administrator involves maintenance of employee records and provides an excellent opportunity to build the office skills necessary to develop and succeed in more senior HR roles.

HR administrators are expected to deal with all HR queries and liaise with the Payroll Department ensuring employee information is processed correctly and efficiently. Similar to a HR assistant, they may be required to post vacancies internally and externally, scheduling interviews and preparing interview packs for the recruitment manager. Often HR administrators support the induction and orientation process for new hires and support the probation process at both 3 and 6 months.

Salary: €32,000 – €36,000

HR Assistant

What do they do? A Human Resources assistant (HR) assists their HR Manager in the day-to-day operational tasks of a busy HR department. Their role is wide and varied and they tend to be a point of contact for employee inquiries. They assist in resolving HR-related issues from updating employee records and databases to preparing paperwork for HR policies, procedures, and programs.

A HR assistant typically supports the recruitment and onboarding process and schedules interviews with candidates. They may be also involved with assisting in the development of job descriptions and specifications.

A key area of the role is assisting in the implementation and management of performance appraisal systems. Most importantly, they are often asked to participate in the development and implementation of HR initiatives and projects.

Salary: €34,000 – €38,000

Learning and Development Coordinator

What do they do? The Learning and Development Coordinator is responsible for organizing and managing the coordination of training programs, curriculum development initiatives, and continuous learning opportunities for employees. This L&D role typically involves ensuring the development and updating of training materials and manuals and working with subject matter experts to ensure content is accurate.

A key part of the L&D role is conducting training needs assessments to identify gaps and areas for improvement amongst staff. Another aspect is to monitor industry trends and best practices to ensure training programs remain current and effective.

Salary: €32,000 – €38,000

Organisational Development Administrator

What do they do?  The Organizational Development Administrator (ODA) is responsible for assisting and supporting the Organisational Development and Design Manager (OD&D). They are particularly focused on the administration of initiatives, processes, and interventions related to people development.  They help maintain accurate and up-to-date records related to organizational development activities.

The Organizational Development Administrator works closely in partnership with OD&D Officers, HR Business Partners, Senior Recruitment Business Partners, HR Advisers as well as the L&D and EDI Leads in providing effective development of the workforce and organisation.

They assist with organizational assessments, talent development initiatives, change management processes, and employee engagement programs. Their focus is on supporting organizational assessments, assisting with change management, helping design and implement talent development programs.

The Organizational Development Administrator supports the implementation of performance management processes and coordinates employee engagement initiatives and events (such as feedback surveys). Most importantly, they work on organizational design projects, including job analysis and role definitions.

Salary: €38,000 – €42,000

HR Jobs you can get with a CIPD qualification level 5

Roles for CIPD professionals

Types of career opportunities available in Human Resources depend on the level of CIPD qualification you chose. Typical HR roles for CIPD certified professionals at level 5 (comparable to level 6 – level 7 in Ireland) include the following:

  • HR Advisor
  • HR Manager
  • HR Business Partner
  • Organisational Development Specialist/ Manager/ Officer

The CIPD qualification needed for HR careers as a HR Advisor, HR Manager, HR Business Partner and Organisational Development Specialist/ Manager/ Officer is a  CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

HR Advisor

What do they do? A Human Resources Advisor works in an advisory and guidance capacity and is hired for their expertise on key strategic and operational matters relating to HR. Their role involves advising management and employees on HR policies, practices, and procedures to ensure compliance and support in the achievement of business objectives.

The HR Advisor plays a key role in employee relations, performance management, and talent development.  A key aspect of the role is also offering guidance on employee recruitment and retention, evaluating employee performance and maintaining employee relations.

A HR advisor helps the organisation conduct regular HR audits to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. They can advise and coach managers on handling employee performance and conduct issues. They oversee the performance appraisal process, providing guidance and support to managers and employees.

The Human resources advisor when required will work on identifying training and development needs and coordinate appropriate learning and development (L&D) initiatives in association with the L&D function.

A Human resources advisor supports the recruitment process by providing advice on job descriptions, screening criteria, and interview techniques. Most importantly, they can lead HR projects and initiatives aimed at improving HR processes and practices in any organisation whether public or private.

Salary: €45,000 – €55,000

HR Manager 

What do they do? A Human Resources (HR) Manager works in a responsible managerial people management capacity and oversees all aspects of human resource practices and processes within the organization. They act as a strategic business partner to senior management, ensuring the alignment of HR strategies with the overall business strategy.

The HR Manager tends to consult with senior management on HR-related issues and they act as a change agent to improve organizational effectiveness. The HR Manager role typically involves overseeing the recruitment and selection process to attract and retain top talent. They are responsible for ensuring the HR function delivers well on employee relations, performance management, training and development, compensation, benefits, and compliance. Most importantly, they are responsible for leading the HR team, providing direction, coaching, and mentoring.

Salary: €60,000 – €62,000

HR Business Partner

What do they do?  The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) serves as a strategic partner to business units, providing HR guidance and support and identifying and addressing workforce challenges. A HR Business partner is expected to serve as a trusted advisor to management on HR-related issues, offering proactive and strategic HR support.

The key responsibility of a HR Business Partner is to align workforce strategies with organizational goals. They collaborate with management to foster a positive work environment, drive performance, and develop talent. They can be involved in talent acquisition, development, and retention.

The HR Business partner collaborates with managers to identify key talent and develop succession plans. They can also forecast workforce needs and develop staffing plans. Most importantly, they can provide guidance on complex employee relations issues, ensuring fair and consistent application of policies and procedures.

Salary: €65,000 – €68,000

Learning and Development Manager

What do they do?  The Learning and Development (L&D) Manager develops learning strategies, designs e-learning and blended learning courses and oversees the learning and development function of the organisation. This role aims to enhance employee training and skills, through the use of learning technology and solutions.

The learning and development manager is required to design engaging training programs and materials, including e-learning, workshops, and on-the-job training.  They customize training programs to meet the needs of different departments and teams and where required liaise with subject matter experts. They are expected to measure their L&D strategy success and evaluate improvements in employee performance, productivity, and overall engagement, as a result of effective training.

A key aspect of the L&D Manager role is to identify and assess future and current training needs through job analysis, career paths, annual performance appraisals, and consultation with managers. They set learning and development objectives and evaluate their effectiveness.

They manage the Learning Management System (LMS) and its delivery throughout the organisation and ensure innovative approaches are adopted for a positive learning experience. Most importantly, they develop and manage the learning and development budget.

Salary: €65,000 – €68,000

Organisational Development & Design Manager

What do they do? The Organizational Development & Design Manager (OD&D) also called an Organizational Development & Design Specialist, or Organizational Development & Design Officer principally aims to enhance organizational performance and its support activities.  The aim of the Organizational Development Manager is to improve organizational effectiveness through change management, talent development, and performance improvement initiatives.

The Organizational Development Manager brings together all the parts of the organisation to make sure the organisation’s ‘system’ operates at its best. They are distinct and separate to the learning and development function but at the same time work closely with L&D, sometimes carrying out some of the L&D functions.

The Organizational Development & Design Specialist is responsible for conducting assessments to identify areas for improvement. They will analyse data and metrics to assess the effectiveness of current organizational structures and provide recommendations based on findings. A key aspect of the role is to facilitate change through management workshops and training sessions.  They coordinate mentoring and coaching programs to support employee growth.

The Organizational Development & Design Officer (ODDO) will assist in the design and restructuring of organizational units to improve efficiency and effectiveness. They look at both the structures and processes (hard elements) and the culture and behaviours (soft elements) in any organisation.

The Organizational Development & Design Officer focus is on working towards bringing these elements together to improve where the organisation currently is to where it wants to be. They collaborate with senior management to align organizational structures with business strategies.

Most importantly, they provide recommendations for role definitions, job descriptions, and reporting lines while always looking at ways to promote diversity and inclusion initiatives. They primarily lead and manage organizational development projects from inception to completion.

Salary: €89,000 – €107,000


Why study a CIPD qualification?

CIPD qualifications are Chartered qualifications and are recognised internationally by employers as the gold standard in professional HR, L&D, OD and people management qualifications. Graduates of CIPD qualifications have an advantage with Employers over holders of non-CIPD qualifications, simply because CIPD is so well recognised.  Graduates with a CIPD qualification on their CV, show to Employers that they are committed to the profession and value the latest thinking and knowledge in this area.

Boost your earning power by 20% and earn a great Salary

CIPD certified professionals simply have a better chance of earning more income than their colleagues. Entry level salaries for CIPD Level 3 certified HR Administrators, HR Assistants, Learning and Development Coordinators and Organisational Development Administrators start from €34,000 and increase to €42,000 gross per annum. CIPD qualified graduates at this level earn on average 20% more in monetary terms or €8,000 more than their unqualified counterparts.

If you professionally develop up to CIPD Level 5, you can expect to earn in the range of €55,000 – €107,000 gross per annum. This level will boost you average earning by 20% or €15,000 more than their unqualified counterparts.

Enjoy global recognition with an internationally recognised Chartered qualification

CIPD isn’t just the gold standard when it comes to people development – it’s a global community. There are over 150,000 CIPD members across the globe, applying their skills and knowledge in the workplace so you will always be high in demand. A CIPD qualification offers you opportunities to work for organisations around the world, giving you the chance to really take your HR career global.

Join the CIPD family and enjoy the benefits

Apart from the obvious membership benefits, being a CIPD graduate is instantly recognised by Employers, and ensures you get called for job interviews and promotion from senior CIPD holders and graduates.

Knowledge is Power

If you’re looking to work in the HR industry, keeping up-to-date with the latest employment news and legislation is essential. Studying CIPD not only means that you’ll show potential employers your commitment to HR best practice, but you’ll also expand your industry knowledge and learn something new on an ongoing basis.

Human resource Career progression opportunities

Scared of being stuck in the same job? This is the certification for you. Every time you complete a new level of CIPD, you instantly open up more career opportunities.

CIPD Level 3 certification will ensure you get the perfect HR job in any number of the roles we described; HR Administrator, HR Assistant, Learning and Development Coordinator and Organisational Development Administrator.

A CIPD Level 5, on the other hand, will ensure you get a more senior role as a HR Advisor, HR Manager, HR Business Partner or Organisational Development Specialist. With CIPD, career progression is guaranteed, and you’ll never be short of opportunities to make your next move.

You’ll have all the support you need to succeed

It’s never been easier to learn CIPD.

Why study with CMI Ireland?

CMI Communications & Management Institute are the leading authority in HR and people management qualifications and for over 20 years are experts in the field of online professional education and study. Choosing to study with CMI, a CIPD centre of recognition, guarantees you have the necessary supports to pass each unit and qualification on first attempt, every time. You can study on your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy live online classes which are recorded for playback if you miss a class.

So whatever stage of your career you’re in, there really isn’t any other reason, why you can’t enjoy career success and make a CIPD certification work for you with CMI.

Live online classes

What do I get studying with CMI?

  • Live Online Classes recorded for playback
  • CIPD Membership worth over €200 included
  • Dedicated CIPD Programme Manager providing one to one assessment
  • Access highly experienced CIPD teachers with over 30 years People Management, HR and L&D Experience
  • Access to eBooks and multiple Resources for success

For guidance on roles for CIPD certified professionals and the right CIPD qualification, contact Admissions at CMI today or see their range of programmes  on offer.