This course includes six lessons, which you can access flexibly. You're free to go at your own pace. The content has been designed so that you can dip into individual lessons which typically take 30-45 minutes if you complete all the content and reflective activities.

The full course provides comprehensive learning on the theme which equates to the content covered on a one-day face-to-face course. We therefore believe this can play a significant part in your professional development journey.

You may choose to complete this course all by yourself. But, you'll get more out of the learning with some support. So, speak to your manager, coach or mentor to help you decide the best way forward. You could review the learning at the same time as a few colleagues, for instance.

This will allow you to share your different thoughts and opinions.

Remember, you're also part of our wider community, with its vast range of experience. So, complete the reflective activities and get involved in the community discussions. Share your unique perspective. We are all there to support each other.

In essence, what matters is that you get as much out of the learning as you can. Take your time to reflect on and apply the key messages in your context. Watch the videos more than once, if possible, and make notes in the downloadable workbook as you go along. Before you know it, you'll put the learning into practice and making a real impact in your role.

Mapping to the standards

This course maps to the Chartered level of the Passion for learning standards. If you just want to gain an introduction to these standards at the Foundation level we recommend that you watch the video below.

This short, animated video provides an overview of the key elements of this core behaviour. It brings to life the five statements at Foundation level for Passion for learning in the CIPD Profession Map:

  • Remain inquisitive about issues and developments in the people profession and the wider world of work
  • Be open to trying new ideas or approaches to improve and learn
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to developing your professional knowledge, skills and experience
  • Seek feedback and use it to learn and develop
  • Seek to understand yourself better.
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Passion for learning - course overview


Meet Liz. She’s having a coffee with a friend of hers, Baptiste, that she knew at university. They haven’t seen each other for several years so, inevitably, they get to comparing their fortunes.

Liz explains how she feels her career is in a bit of a rut. She’s been doing exactly the same job for three years now. It’s comfortable and quite enjoyable but going nowhere. And there are rumours of big technological developments ahead in her organisation which could change everything.

Baptiste asks her where the fire has gone. She should think back to how she was always the first one at university to be exploring the latest thinking and how excited she was when she finished her psychology degree to try and apply what she’d learned in the workplace.

Liz has to agree that some of her enthusiasm has gone. Initially, working in the people profession had been energising but she needs to get her spark back.

Baptiste asks her how she's going to do that.

Liz says that she should probably start by getting up-to-date with what's going on in the profession; taking advantage of the resources provided by her professional body – the magazines, the webinars, local meetings, conferences and all the great insights on social media.

Passion for learning means remaining inquisitive about issues and developments in the people profession and the wider world of work.

Baptiste says that getting back up-to-date makes good sense. It'll provide her with lots of ideas for improving things at work.

Liz agrees but admits that, so far, she’s shown little sign to her employer that she’s interested in new developments. In fact, she's intrigued by an upcoming project to provide mobile performance support to the sales force. She should tell her manager that she'd like to be part of the process.

Passion for learning means being open to trying new ideas or approaches to improve and learn.

Baptiste asks when the last time was that Liz made any serious effort to keep her skills up-to-date. With big changes on the horizon, such as new technologies, it's going to be really important to remain on top of things.

Liz agrees that she can't just wait for her employer to provide all the training she might want, particularly in new areas like mobile performance support. She needs to make this happen for herself.

Passion for learning means demonstrating a proactive approach to developing your professional knowledge, skills and experience.

Baptiste says that he’s found it really useful to get regular feedback from the people he works with. They do an annual 360-degree survey but also have an on-going system for peer-to-peer feedback.

Liz agrees that this makes sense. There are opportunities to join a peer coaching group at her company, but she hasn’t got involved.

Passion for learning means seeking feedback and using it to learn and develop.

Baptiste says that one of the best learning resources available is yourself; reflecting on what it is that you really want to do and what’s stopping you from doing that.

Liz says she can’t remember the last time she gave questions like that any thought and hasn’t updated her professional development plan for some time. Perhaps that’s where the whole process should start. Once she’s clear about her goals, she can start chipping away at the obstacles.

Finally, passion for learning means seeking to understand yourself better.

Learning isn't just for beginners – or is it just going on a training course – it's more than that; it's a way of life. By rekindling your passion for learning, you give yourself the best possible chance of achieving your life and career goals and keeping ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing world.

Learning objectives

This course will help you to build your confidence and practice in:

  • connecting with internal and external peers regularly to benchmark, share good practice and anticipate future trends to inform future priorities and practice

  • pursuing opportunities to test insight, develop new approaches and innovate

  • enabling your own and others' continuous professional development using a range of methods

  • reflecting on experience, seeking feedback and applying your learning

  • seeking to have a deep understanding of yourself and your impact on others, and of the limits of your own expertise


You need to be a CIPD member and logged into the website to access each of the lessons.

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This interactive workbook will help you to make the most out of the course. Use the workbook to reflect on your learning and record your notes as you go along.