Business partnering

What is an HR business partner? What is an L&D business partner? How can you deliver true organisational impact? This programme gives you the credibility, confidence and expertise you need to excel as a business partner.

Accredited Programme

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£1,765.00 exc. VAT

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Business partner

You’ll learn how to:

  • describe how business partnering is evolving and will continue to do so
  • describe how business partners add value in different organisational models
  • balance strategic input and operational impact
  • explain how data analytics and strong financial acumen can help people professionals make an impact
  • identify your organisation’s needs and develop appropriate action plans
  • measure performance – of your people function and your organisation
  • build influence in your organisation.

About this course

Course length: 60 hours, to be submitted within 10 months

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: Those working as an HR business partner, learning & development business partner or OD business partner.

Topics covered

  • business partnering
  • organisational context
  • organisational insight
  • organisational practice
  • organisational influence.

What to expect from this ‘business partnering programme’

Led by the CIPD’s subject leader for business partnering, Giles O’Halloran, this accredited programme brings together the experience of global subject matter experts. You’ll also get insight from CPD research and current business partners to deliver impact in your organisation.

This HR business partner training will give you confidence in understanding your organisation and how your role as an HR business partner supports organisational objectives. This programme will enable you to identify areas where you can maximise your influence in your role, giving you practical and applicable knowledge to use in your day-to-day work.

What you’ll need to do on this programme

You can complete this learning programme in your own time and at your own pace – it should take around 60 hours. This accredited programme includes group online check-ins with your tutor at the end of each module to help embed your learning.

We’ll give you access to various blended assets, including animations, interactive videos and downloadable resources, and you’ll have lots of space to anchor your reflections on the content.

Your final assessment will be a 2,500-word evaluative review covering your reflections on your practice and how you’ve applied learning in your context. The final assessment needs to be submitted within 10 months of purchasing the course.

What you’ll get on this programme

If successfully completed, you’ll receive a certificate noting your achievement of this CIPD accredited programme.

You’ll have the chance to resit the assessment for an additional fee.

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.

Once the programme has finished, you’ll also get access to a learning community of like-minded professionals to share experiences and deepen your skills and knowledge.

Who is this programme suitable for?

This programme is for practitioners working in the role of business partner who wish to maximise their influence and effectiveness.

Our accredited programmes are in-depth and require a solid understanding of the topic. Please read the following statements to confirm your suitability.

  • You currently work in this profession or area of work or have recently done so and will be able to refer to current or past work examples during your learning.
  • You can write an assessment answer reflecting on your learning and demonstrating how to apply it in your context.
  • You can use English at the IELTS level 6 “Competent user” or above.

Learning outcomes

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

  • use what you know about your organisation to inform your practice as a business partner and add the greatest value
  • close the gap between strategic input and operational impact in your work
  • use analytics to inform decisions and demonstrate the value you bring to your organisation
  • exert greater influence across your organisation.

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.