Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management

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Build core management skills and develop yourself as a leader

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is designed for new and aspiring junior managers. Pick up the skills and understanding you need to deal with management responsibilities and start your career with confidence.
Results for you
  • Get a solid grounding in what it takes to organise, manage and motivate your teams
  • Be confident about your ability to perform in your role
  • Learn tools and techniques to develop yourself as a leader
  • A national qualification to recognise your abilities and experience
Impact for your employer
  • Confident and effective managers
  • Better communication, increased productivity, more motivated teams
  • A highly flexible qualification – close skills gaps, develop a well-rounded first-line management team
Focus on the skills you need

The single mandatory unit focuses on getting and using information to make effective decisions and find solutions to problems. Take two units from Group 2, which cover managing innovation and change in your organisation or understanding leadership and what it takes to lead and motivate a team. Then work with your employer or training provider to map optional units to your needs and skills gaps. This includes units from Levels 2 and 4, to help your formal career development.

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The range of credits a learner must undertake to gain this qualification

15 - 15

Details of the qualification, learning time involved and criteria a learner must satisfy

4 unit groups. At least 2 hours of induction and 4 hours tutorial support are required. A minimum of 15 credits (a minimum of 4 credits from group 2 and a maximum of 7 credits from group 4), and no more than 24 credits are required to achieve this qualification.

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