Business partner programme

Drive change and add value to your organisation by building the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to become a confident and effective business partner.

Development Programme

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15% discount for CIPD members

£2,475.00 exc. VAT

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Virtual class

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Business partner

You’ll learn how to:

  • illustrate the link between HR processes and organisational outcomes
  • use coaching and mentoring, and contend with reactions to organisational change
  • demonstrate how to communicate with impact and challenge constructively
  • describe the process of developing and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders.

About this course

Course length: Four to six months

Delivery: Online classes and self-directed learning

Suitable for: People professionals new to business partnering or wanting to become a business partner.


Topics covered

  • commercial drive
  • data and analytics
  • professional courage and influence
  • organisational coach/mentor.

What to expect from this ‘business partner programme’

This course has been designed with Giles O’Halloran, the CIPD’s lead tutor for business partnering. It shares the basics of becoming the effective HR, learning and development and organisation design partner your organisation needs.

You’ll develop business credibility, agility, and the skills required to build effective relationships across your organisation, including demonstrating and communicating the value of your HR function in a constantly changing business world. This hands-on course uses practical case studies where you put learning into practice and present solutions to challenges and obstacles.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This course runs for four to six months. You’ll attend two virtual live classes per month with a four-week gap between live classes.

What you’ll get on this course

You’ll receive a resource pack containing essential information for all modules.

At the end of this course, you’ll receive a certificate.

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this ‘business partner programme’, you’ll be able to:

  • differentiate between organisational drivers and the dynamics behind sustainable success
  • demonstrate your insights and influence among key business stakeholders and contribute to organisation-wide success
  • prioritise focus areas and understand what will add the greatest value to your organisation now and in the future
  • develop your ability to build effective relationships with other members of your organisation
  • grow your capability and potential to become a future people leader.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

When your teams learn with the CIPD, they get direct access to the latest professional research and insights.

And through courses co-created with industry thought leaders and practitioners, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to inspire action, influence change and drive business value.

We offer a wide range of Learning and Development solutions to suit employees at every level – whether in HR, L&D, OD or wider people management.