Certificate in Employment Law


Enhance your employment law knowledge and capabilities with our professional development programme that provides both technical and pragmatic advice and skills for the workplace.

Our Certificate in Employment law has been developed in conjunction with the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff University.

Our programme will equip you with the expertise and capability to successfully manage all elements of the employment cycle from recruitment, absence, discipline, performance to dealing with employee grievances and dismissals. It will give you a comprehensive understanding of the law relating to whistleblowing, equality diversity and inclusion and discrimination and the legal aspects of successfully managing business change such as business transfers, restructuring/contract changes and collective redundancies.

If you manage people or need to deal with HR or employment law issues and want to be sure you’re making the right call, this programme is for you.

Certificate in Employment Law Programme

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is delivered by employment lawyers who have significant experience of advising employers on all aspects of employment law and representing them in Employment Tribunals. It is split into three in person classroom sessions of 2 days each (6 days in total) which take place over five – six months. We run up to two intakes of the programme each year – in London and Cardiff. The in-person classroom sessions cover the following topics:

  1. Essential employment law (Days 1 & 2)
    This includes contracts of employment (terms, pay, working time regulations, fixed term / part-time/irregular workers, notice and holiday pay), recruitment and employment status (employees, workers, agency workers) and family friendly rights (maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, flexible working).
  2. Managing discipline and grievances (Days 3 & 4)
    This includes managing discipline, grievances, absence, performance and dismissals and dealing effectively with Employment Tribunal claims.
  3. Business change and discrimination (Days 5 & 6)
    This includes business change (TUPE, collective redundancies, changing terms of employment) and discrimination/whistleblowing (Protected Characteristics, Equality Act 2010, Disability and reasonable adjustments, Equality Diversity and Inclusion, raising concerns and whistleblowing).
How is it assessed?

Cardiff Law School sets and marks your course assessments. To be awarded the Certificate in Employment Law from Cardiff University, you’ll need to successfully accomplish the following:

  • Attend all six days contact sessions, coming prepared to discuss your self-study units.
  • Complete two written assignments set by Cardiff Law School.
  • Pass one closed-book multiple choice test under supervision.
What are the benefits to me and my organisation?

Our certificate in Employment Law offers a cost effective and shorter alternative to the CIPD qualification in Employment Law and will provide you with significant training materials including our 100 + page Employment Law Manual.

You will have the opportunity to upskill quickly in all the key areas of employment law that you need to know. You’ll get the chance to identify, and proactively manage, areas of risk in your organisation. This can help to protect against costly tribunal claims and wasted management time.

Through in-person sessions with fellow delegates, you’ll have the opportunity to network with fellow delegates and learn from their experiences and consult with an experienced employment lawyer on specific challenges. Following successful completion of the programme you will receive a Certificate in Employment Law from the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff University.

The fees for the course are £2995 + VAT.

How can I book on/register my interest?

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in registering for our Certificate in Employment Law programme.