Business Partner Practitioner

Develop your business partnering, influencing, data analytics and coaching expertise to gain stakeholder buy-in across your organisation.


3 days

Face to face


Now more than ever, the fast changing and competitive world of work requires people professionals to work closely with internal business leaders to enhance workforce performance and achieve organisational goals.

The principles-led, evidence-based, and outcomes-driven course will develop your commercial acumen, data analytics, influencing and coaching skills. This includes how to gain stakeholder buy-in and support and all the key elements of a successful business partner.

Informed by the latest CIPD research, this course has been developed by the CIPD with Giles O’Halloran, our experienced Lead Tutor for business partnering. It addresses the key competencies required to function as an effective and valued business partner.

All CIPD Learning courses will automatically provide you with access to the CIPD Learning Hub, our online learning platform, for 24 months. The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.


As part of this course, you will:

  • apply concepts of business savviness and operating models to strategy and planning
  • develop deep organisational insight by analysing key internal and external factors impacting business
  • analyse and demonstrate meaning from data - insight, inspiration, impact
  • generate insights from data and effectively present a compelling data story
  • identify, develop and enhance influencing skillsets
  • sharpen skills to qualify, map and engage key stakeholders
  • develop skills to 'coach the leader' to surface insights and raise awareness
  • apply techniques to coach others in reaction to organisation change.

Is this course right for me?

This highly charged, interactive programme is ideal for people professionals who want to enhance their business partnering skills. Whether you are a senior practitioner, aspiring manager or owner of a small and medium-sized business, this programme will build a strong foundation in the role of business partnering.

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