There are two certification exams facilitated by IPMA-HR for public sector HR professionals. Both are administered online.

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IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) Exam

Once your application for certification is successfully reviewed, you will be sent your certification examination instructions, which include a link to the exam website and your username and password. Your login and password will expire (deactivate) 45 days after the date of receipt — expired logins will not be reactivated. Additional logins are available for an additional fee. 

The IPMA-SCP exam consists of 85 multiple-choice questions; you have two hours to complete the exam. In order to pass the IPMA-SCP exam, you must correctly answer 60% of the 85 questions.  Applicants are currently scoring an average raw score of 72.


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IPMA-HR Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) Exam

The IPMA-CP exam is based on the Public Sector HR Essentials program. Completion of the training is required in order to take the exam. 

At the completion of your training, you will be sent your certification examination instructions, which include a link to the exam website, and your username and password. Your login and password will expire (deactivate) 45 days after the date of receipt — expired logins will not be reactivated. Additional logins are available for an additional fee. 

The IPMA-CP exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions; you have two and half hours to complete the exam. In order to pass the IPMA-CP exam, you must correctly answer 70% of the 100 questions on the exam.  Applicants are currently scoring an average raw score of 80.

Preparing for the Exam

The IPMA-CP exam is based on the Public Sector HR Essentials course and assigned textbook. We also have the IPMA-CP Certification Study Guide available for purchase for $100.00.

If you do not pass, you may re-take the IPMA-CP exam for $100.00Please note:  In order to become IPMA-CP certified, you must have successfully completed the Public Sector HR Essentials Program in conjunction with passing the IPMA-CP exam. One exam attempt is included with your course registration.

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Ordered a Study Guide?  How do I access it?:

  • IPMA-SCP Study Guide will be sent via US mail.
  • IPMA-CP Study Guide access is available via download - Go to the “Sign In” sheet -- https://members.ipma-hr.org/Home/Sign-In?returnurl=%2fMy-IPMAHR%2fMy-Profile - Login with your “username” and “password” – if you have forgot your login information, you may also reset it here. - Click on Transactions - Scroll down to My Downloads - Click on the Download “Button”
Please contact us if you have any questions about certification.  You may also want to review the IPMA-HR Path to Certification brochure.

IPMA-SCP Study Guide

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