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.


Your Paths to Certification Path to Certification

Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP)

More about 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 Information.

Certified Professional (IPMA-CP)

More about 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 Exam Information.


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.

For questions regarding IPMA-HR certification programs, please contact or (703) 549-7100.

For questions regarding the Developing Competencies for HR Success or the Public Sector HR Essential courses, please contact or (703) 549-7100.