How to become a human resources officer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
You'll usually need a a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in:
- human resources management
- a combined degree such as business management and human resources
- a related subject
Some companies have general management or human resources graduate training schemes.
Postgraduate qualifications in human resource management are also available.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
Employers may prefer you to have relevant qualifications like those offered by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
You can study qualifications like:
- CIPD Level 5 Award in Human Resources
- CIPD Level 5 Certificate/Diploma in Human Resources Management
- Level 5 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can get into this role through an advanced apprenticeship as a HR Consultant.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start as an business administrator in a company's HR department, and work your way up through training and promotion.
You can study a range of professional qualifications in human resources, either online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Professional and industry bodies
You may find it useful to join organisations like the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.