CIPM Syllabus

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) of Nigeria was established in 1968 and was originally called the Personnel Management Association of Nigeria (PMAN). 

But sometime in 1973, PMAN changed its name to the Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (IPMN). Later on, in 1992, the institute received a charter from the Federal Government of Nigeria, becoming the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).

This allowed CIPM to regulate the practice of human resource management in Nigeria. It is the first and only regulatory HR body in Nigeria empowered by legislation (Act 58 of 1992) to determine the standard of knowledge and skills to be obtained by persons seeking to become registered as HR professionals/practitioners.

Its main aim is to promote the practice of human resource management and improve the skills of HR professionals in the country. Over the years, CIPM has grown and developed various programs and certifications to support HR professionals.

Duties of CIPM

The CIPM is tasked with:

  1. Determining what standard of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become registered Personnel Managers/HR professionals
  2. Securing per the provisions of the Act, the establishment and maintenance of a database of members and its publication from time to time.
  3. Developing and maintaining a high standard of professional competence and ensuring that the Management of Human Resources in Nigeria, both in the public and private sectors, conforms to the best professional standards.
  4. Conducting research in HR and publishing materials relating to the discipline, etc

Syllabus Structure

There are 5 levels in the CIPM syllabus and each level has a few courses which you are expected to pass to move on to the next level.

A. Foundation Level

COURSE

CODE 

ABBREVIATION 

Principles of Management and Business Development 

FD/001

PMBD

Introduction To Financial Management Accounting 

FD/002

IFMA

Fundamentals of Psychology, Sociology and Politics 

FD/003

FPSP

Introduction To Human Resource Management 

FD/004

IHRM

Elements of Nigeria’s Business Law and Legal System 

FD/005

ENBLS

Digital and Management Information System

FD/006

DMIS

B. Intermediate I

COURSE

CODE 

ABBREVIATION 

Business Administration and Practices 

INTI1/001

BAP

Fundamentals of Economics 

INTI1/002

FE

Finance for Human Resource Managers

INTI1/003

FHRM

Business Statistics and Social Research Methods 

INTI1/004

BSSRM

Communication Process, Management and Development 

INTI1/005

CPMD

C. Intermediate II

COURSE 

CODE

ABBREVIATION 

Learning and Development 

INT2/001

L&D

Public Administration and Leadership 

INT2/002

PAL

Workforce Planning and Strategies 

INT2/003

WPS

Comparative HR Management 

INT2/004

CHRM

D. Professional I

COURSE 

CODE

ABBREVIATION 

HR Metrics and Analytics 

PE1/001

HRMA

Organizational Behavior and Performance 

PE1/002

OBP

Insurance, Pension and Risk Management 

PE1/003

IPRM

Advanced Human Resource Management I

PE1/004

AHRM

Presentation Skills 

PE1/005

PS

D. Professional II

COURSE

CODE

ABBREVIATION 

Nigerian Labour Law

PE2/001

NLL

Employment Relations 

PE2/002

ER

Advanced Human Resource Management II 

PE2/003

AHRM 2

Labour Market Analysis 

PE2/004

LMA

CIPM Examination Fees

The fee for each certification level can be seen below. It includes fees payable for new students, students who are retaking the exam and those who are exempted from that level.

Examination Stages

Exam Fees ()

Exemption Fee()

Foundation 

44, 350

Nil

Intermediate I 

45, 750

16, 200

Intermediate II 

46, 560

17, 880

Professional Examinations I 

51, 240

19, 440

Professional Examinations II 

56, 040

Nil

 

CIPM Registration Procedure

The application form can be completed online via the CIPM website – 

The Institute’s examinations can only be taken by registered student members of the Institute. Each candidate must have been admitted as a student member before the examination date. 

NOTE: Registered students will be required to pay annual membership subscriptions to the Institute (Whether or not exams are taken in that year).

CIPM Exemption for Some Courses

 EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CIPM EXAMINATIONS
S/NLEVELSEXEMPTIONS
1FoundationHolders of OND/NCE and its equivalent in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Management courses
2Intermediate IHolders of degree (HND/Bachelor) in Management and Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Law do not need to write the CIPM Intermediate I exam.
3Intermediate IIHolders of degree (HND/Bachelor) in Human Resources Management, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management or an M.Sc/MBA in Management and Social Sciences, M.Phil, LLM, Associate certificate (by Examination only) of other relevant and recognised Institutes
4Professional ITo be exempted from taking the CIPM Professional Examinations I, you will need to have an M.Sc/MBA/PHD in Human Resources Management, Industrial Relations and Personnel
Management.
5Professional IIThere are no exemptions for this level. All aspiring HR personnel will have to take this course and pass it before they are issued their certificates

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Frequently Asked Questions About CIPM Certifications

What is CIPM, and what does it do?

CIPM is the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. It regulates the practice of human resource management and promotes the development of HR professionals in Nigeria.

How can I become a member of CIPM?

You can become a member by meeting the eligibility criteria, applying online,  paying the required fees and passing all exams.

How do I register for CIPM's certification exams?

You can register for the exams online through the CIPM website www.cipmnigeria.org.

What is the structure of the CIPM certification program?

The program is divided into 5 levels: Foundation, Intermediate I and Ii, and Professional Examinations I and II. Each level has specific courses and exams that must be completed before you can advance to the next level.

How much are the membership fees and exam costs?

Fees vary depending on the level of certification you want to attain. A detailed list of the fee structures can be seen above.

Are there any study materials or resources provided by CIPM?

Yes, CIPM provides study guides, textbooks, and access to online resources and libraries to help you prepare for exams.

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