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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Level 5 Diploma in Recruitment Leadership (DipRL)


Build your career in recruitment

Senior managers and directors looking to enhance their leadership skills will gain from this qualification. The DipRL provides practical learning that will add value to the services you provide to clients and candidates, as well as the knowledge to establish best practice within your own business.

Complete this course at home with our distance learning option, and choose when you take your assessments.

Students must complete a minimum of eight or nine units – all the mandatory units plus one or two from the optional units (the number depends on the units chosen) – to be awarded the full qualification. The units are assessed through a combination of examinations, projects and case studies.

Units can be completed at any time within four years.

You have a choice of nine UK-wide examination venues to take your exam.

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  • Gain an advanced understanding of professional practice, including business strategy and planning, leading teams, financial management, stakeholder relationship management, and understanding contracts
  • Once enrolled, you'll join a cohort and work together through the mandatory units, meeting three times in year one of the course for three full-day workshops.
  • Four examination points per year
  • Completing the mandatory units enables you to choose your optional units and then fully qualify
  • Successfully passing this qualification will give you the right to add the letters DipRL after your name.
  • Become an REC Professional when you take this course - for 12 months after passing the exam

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If you don't want to commit to the entire qualification, you can enrol on one unit at a time to fill specific skills gaps. While we recommend completion of the DipRM in full, each unit is assessed and awarded independently.

We recommend booking no more than two units per exam cycle.

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* This unit is assessed via a project submission. The deadline for submitting projects is 17:00 at each examination point.

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