Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Accredited Programme
Create inclusive working environments and a culture of trust where individuals have a sense of belonging and feel empowered to reach their potential.
All people professionals need to understand equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and the role they have to play in creating inclusive organisations that value wellbeing and equality of opportunity. As a specialist knowledge area of the CIPD Profession Map, promoting and delivering EDI in the workplace is an essential aspect of good people management.
Skilled EDI practitioners and specialists can drive the sustainable change needed to build a culture of trust, enabling people to speak up, feel safe and advocate for others. An effective strategy goes beyond legal compliance, leveraging data to address inequalities. As the area of EDI is ever evolving and adapting to changing needs of workplaces and the people profession, it’s crucial to stay up to date with best practice.
Developed in collaboration with the NHS and written by consultant Ash Ahmad, this Accredited Programme features input from NHS England and global industry experts. Each module challenges practitioners to reflect on their current approach to the topic and build the confidence and skills to apply learning to their context.
You will have access to a range of blended assets, including animations, interactive videos, and downloadable resources, as well as lots of space for anchoring your reflections on the content.
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.
This course will enable you to:
- identify specific EDI challenges in your organisation and practical steps to overcome them
- identify actions to create a psychologically safe environment for individuals and allies where a culture of trust can thrive
- evaluate people practices in your organisation to assess whether they ensure the workforce reflects the communities the organisation operates in, as well as supporting a fair and inclusive workplace
- create a roadmap to increase or adjust workforce representation within your organisation
- identify and suggest interventions to build EDI capability in leaders and managers
- use data to gain insights and address inequalities within the workplace
- create a roadmap for an effective EDI plan for your organisation
Is this course right for me?
This Accredited Programme is aimed at practitioners or specialists focused on strategising, leading and delivering EDI work to create inclusive and fair working environments. It is ideal for those seeking an evidence-based approach to evaluating and improving their organisation’s people practices and those looking to gain formal recognition of EDI capability.
What will I need to successfully complete the programme?
Please ensure you can answer yes to the following statements to ensure you can successfully complete this programme
- I am currently working 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 my learning.
- I can write an assessment answer which reflects on my learning and demonstrates how I can apply it in my context.
- I will have online access to use the CIPD Learning Hub for the duration of the programme.
- I can use the English language at the IELTS level 6 “Competent user” level or above. For more information see: https://www.ielts.org/about-ielts/what-is-ielts.
- I understand I must complete the programme within a 12-month deadline of my registration payment.
- I will inform CIPD Learning if I have a learning accessibility need or disability for which I would require a reasonable adjustment.
- I confirm I have read and accept the programme policy.
I want to put my team on this course
To deepen EDI capability and upskill teams to deliver sustainable change, this Accredited Programme can be delivered to groups of learners with existing experience of the topic. There is an option to procure expert-led contextualisation sessions to apply the course concepts in a specific context or to discuss questions. If you are looking to place more than four people onto this course.
If you are looking to place more than four learners onto this course, please contact us to discuss a team solution >
By the end of this course, you'll be able to:
- define the key terminology relating to EDI
- explain common challenges that organisations face and the impact they have on employees and the business
- list key actions to overcome the common challenges identified
- explain the importance of psychological safety and how to achieve it
- explain how to recognise if there is a culture of trust or how to address any shortcomings
- review the importance of allyship and its role in building a culture of trust
- explain the role people practices can play in driving change towards an inclusive work environment
- describe how changes in the communities the organisation operates in impact the business
- illustrate how people practices can address the current and changing make-up of the communities in which they operate in to achieve organisational success
- explain why workforce representation is key to business success and identify the challenges in attaining it
- explore ways to overcome representation challenges
- describe why policies and processes are key to attain workforce representation
- explain how the role of managers and leaders is fundamental to create an inclusive work environment for all
- define the capabilities of an inclusive leader and how to develop them
- create resources for managers to confidently address discriminatory behaviours
- explain the importance of data in addressing inequality in the workplace
- list which data can be used to identify issues around EDI and how
- describe how to use data to leverage change
- define the foundations on which an EDI plan can be built
- recognise the principles of sound EDI action planning
- explain how to achieve EDI goals using an employee centric approach
You can complete this course in your own time and at your own pace, but we estimate that it will involve 50-70 hours of learning, covering the following modules:
- Defining opportunities and challenges
- Building a culture of trust
- Driving change in people policies and practices
- Increasing workforce representation
- Building leaders’ and line managers’ capability
- Leveraging data
- Creating sustainable change through EDI plans
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Accredited Programme includes check-ins on completion of each module to help embed your learning.
There will be a chance to resit the assessment for an additional fee, please read our policy for more information.
A final 2,500 word marked submission, based on a reflection on your practice and the practical application of the learning in your context, will be assessed at the end of the course.
Completion will result in a certificate noting your successful achievement of this CIPD Accredited Programme. You will also gain access to a learning community of like-minded professionals to share experiences and deepen your skills and knowledge once the programme has finished.
You will be able to access the course for 12 months from purchase and the CIPD Learning Hub will remain accessible to you for 24 months.