Hi everyone! How long did it take to graduate each CIPS qualification? How much time did you spend to have your Certificate, Diploma etc?
I have 2-3 years to reach Professional Diploma. Now I don't have even Certificate. Am I CRAZY?)
As Chontelle has said, it's going to be dependent on a few things, not least your own motivation, determination and learning. I always tend to think that the recommended hours of study are on the generous side, but can be useful if it's a topic you're not completely comfortable with, or don't know much about. That said, I know a number of people who have gone through Levels 3 and 4 inside a year and then done Levels 5 and 6 in around 9 months each.
I only did the exams for Level 3 as I had experience in the industry by then so I didn't need to attend classes, etc. for them. Level 5 and 6, the classes will be more important, but if you swing towards more independent learning, you could study for multiple exams at once.
I took a different route after Level 3 and did an MSc over 2 years (part time) alongside my work and that took me to MCIPS level. It's just another route you can consider.
It will depend on your prior knowledge, experience and learning style but CIPS recommends to spend at least 70 hours of self-study on each unit outside of any formal guided learning time (recommended 50 hours per unit).
Euan Granger Are you able to share your experience with CIPS qualifications for Olga?