Qualification: Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Learning and Development

Trainer Training and AccreditationLevel 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Learning and Development

This qualification is aimed at

This qualification is intended to provide an introduction to the learning and development sector. It consists of one six (6) credit unit and does not require any evidence of practice.

Target groups for this qualification include:

  • people who wish to get a ‘grounding’ in learning and development because they want to become practitioners in the future, but currently have no opportunity to practice;
  • people who manage learning and development practitioners but do not practice themselves; they may wish to get a better understanding of the sector and its principles; and
  • people working in other sectors with an interest in learning and development who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the sector through continuous professional development.

How does the candidate achieve this qualification?

The single six credit Unit within this qualification is a knowledge Unit and as such, candidates working towards this qualification do not have to provide any evidence of practice but will have to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding required to prove that they know and ‘understand the Principles and Practices of Learning and Development’.


Candidates will either:

  • attend a face-to-face closed training session within a group of candidates within a single organisation, or
  • attend a face-to-face open training session with a group of mixed candidates, or
  • work through the Online Learning Materials (distance learning) for this Unit.


Once the training has been completed, candidates will have to complete an assignment to explain in detail (usually by typing in detailed responses to questions) to show that they know and understand ‘the Principles and Practices of Learning and Development’.

This assignment can be submitted via an ePortfolio or by Paper Based Portfolio (postal submission). As this Unit is knowledge only and only requires a single assignment submission, ePortfolio is not recommended for this single knowledge Unit qualification as the cost of an ePortfolio will be disproportionate to the amount of evidence (the assignment) being submitted.

ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Approved CentreAwarding Body

City & Guilds