Certification from IPMA-HR is the recognized standard of excellence for public sector HR professionals.

Get the recognition you deserve. IPMA-HR has been the industry leader of public sector human resources since its inception in 1906. We set the bar, advancing public sector resources – and demanding excellence. Certification from IPMA-HR tells the world that you have a more advanced knowledge base and skill set, and that you meet the gold standard of public sector HR.

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Obtaining the internationally recognized designation of a public sector HR expert is a smart career move.  With IPMA-HR professional certification, you:   

  • Establish your expertise.
  • Gain the credentials to command a higher salary.
  • Set yourself apart in the workplace.
  • Get the edge over the competition.
  • Achieve a sense of personal fulfillment.
  • Build your knowledge.

 There are two levels of professional certification.

  • IPMA-CP is for entry-level and mid-level public sector HR professionals.
  • IPMA-SCP is for senior-level public sector HR professionals.

Which one is right for you? Follow the infographic below to find out.

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Please contact us (certification@ipma-hr.org) if you have any questions about certification.  You may also want to review the Invest in Your Future with IPMA-HR Certification brochure and our Certification Frequently Asked Questions page.

“The IPMA-CP designation has enhanced my career and given me more respect and recognition. I am proud to have the IPMA-CP designation next to my signature.”

- Jocelyn Francisco, IPMA-CP, Human Resources Technician, City of Chula Vista

"Certified since 2007, the certification process was a good experience. Since becoming certified, my employer has recognized my achievement through promotions within state government. The IPMA-SCP has also helped with networking and job interviews."

- Marietta Boykin, IPMA-SCP, Human Resources Manager