PHR3 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Human Resource (HR) Practice (RQF)

Qualification summary

Human Resources (HR) is the function who have responsibility for devising and implementing strategies and policies relating to the management of individuals or employees. They also have a responsibility for ensuring the organisation’s objectives are met through the resourcing and development of people. To make this happen, there are a number of key roles within the HR function. These include the

  • HR Assistant/Administrator
  • HR Officer
  • Recruitment Adviser
  • Training Officer who all need practical skills in HR practice.

The Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Human Resource (HR) Practice (RQF) has therefore been designed to provide a wide range of relevant, practical skills in HR practice. It will also provide the learner with a firm foundation in the most common areas of HR, which will assist them to develop essential HR skills. These include:

  • understanding employment law
  • recruitment
  • employee rights
  • managing performance 
  • carrying out learning needs analysis.

The qualification is aimed at those who are new to HR, work in a HR support role and wish to develop their knowledge and skills or are looking to further their HR career with a professional qualification.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress onto:

  • Level 3 Certificate Principles of Recruitment (RQF)
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment (RQF)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Team Management (RQF)

or on to higher level qualifications.

As well as progression to further qualifications, learners may also progress to employment in a wide range of HR roles as this qualification provides evidence of achievement of a range of practical skills, understanding and knowledge in a HR environment.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Human Resource (HR) Practice (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

All units from Group M must be achieved to gain this qualification.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 260 hours

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 218

Qualification numberQualification reference
PHR3 601/3213/9 

Group M – Mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleUnit LevelCredit Value
J/506/2583SFHR1Introduction to Human Resource practices32
F/506/2582SFHR2Introduction to employment legislation33
L/506/2584SFHR3Understanding employee rights and obligations35
R/506/2585SFHR4Understanding the management of employees’ performance33
Y/506/2734SFHR5aPrinciples of employee motivation, commitment and engagement34
D/506/2587SFHR6Understanding recruitment and selection35
H/506/2588SFHR7Understanding onboarding, induction, training and development34

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