The Benefits of IPMA-HR Certification

The IPMA-SCP and IPMA-CP credentials add value to your career, showing your commitment to the profession within the public sector. It is also an indicator of your competence in public sector human resources issues and expertise.

The button below will help you find out which certification is right for you.

Which Certification Is Right for Me?

Your Paths to Certification


Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP)

More about the Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP)

Expert individuals with the IPMA-SCP credential are public sector professionals in the field of human resources who have reached the manager, director, senior management, or executive level in the profession.

Learn about the IPMA-SCP Exam.

Certified Professional (IPMA-CP)

More about the Certified Professional (IPMA-CP)

Individuals with the IPMA-CP credential are qualified human resource professionals in the public sector in an entry- or mid-level career position.

Learn about the IPMA-CP Certification Exam.


More about Recertification

To retain your IPMA-HR certification IPMA-SCP or IPMA-CP — an individual must accumulate 50 recertification points every three (3) years and submit a completed Criteria for Recertification Form.

Earning points towards recertification can begin immediately after receiving your initial IPMA-HR certification. Points cannot be carried over for future recertification.

Please contact us if you have any questions about certification.  You may also want to review The Path to IPMA-HR Certification brochure.