The Credential of Excellence and Experience in Public Sector HR

You’ve worked in public sector human resources for years, achieving the rank of senior management or executive level. Take your career further with the credential of IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP). Those who hold this title are experts in their field, they’ve demonstrated a level of excellence and leadership only the best achieve. Is that you?

IPMA-SCP professional

Confirm your expertise in the field of public sector HR and demonstrate your commitment to the advancement of your profession with the highly-regarded IPMA-SCP credential.

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There are five easy steps to attaining your IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional credential:

  1. Review the prerequisites for certification to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements (see chart below).
  2. Fill out the IPMA-SCP application.
  3. Submit your completed application, along with the associated fee, for review. Once reviewed, you will receive your exam login instructions.
  4. Take the IPMA-SCP Exam (one attempt is included with your application fee) and achieve a passing score. Note: study guides are available for $100.
  5. Receive your certification in the mail, along with instructions to have us notify your supervisor of your accomplishment!

Prerequisites

You must meet specific educational and work experience criteria and be considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at the time you submit your application in order to be eligible to sit for the IPMA-SCP exam. These requirements are outlined below.

  Education Level
HR Work Experience 
Public Sector HR Work Experience
 Graduate degree
 2 years
 1 year
 Bachelor's degree
 4 years
 1 year
 Associate degree
 6 years
 1 year
 No degree
 8 years
 1 year
IPMA-HR Application Fees Fees **Special Rate for DCHRS Graduates
IPMA-HR Member (also chapter members)* $350 $250
Join IPMA-HR Now (includes a 1- year Online National IPMA-HR Membership)* $459 $359
Nonmember $400
$300
Study Guide (for online exam) $100 $100
Re-take Online Exam $100 $100

*The certification application includes one attempt of the IPMA-SCP exam, a $100.00 value.  Fees are due with the submission of your application and can be paid by check, MasterCard or Visa. If your application is not approved or is withdrawn for any reason, you will receive a refund of your application fee less a $25 processing fee.

All fees are subject to change.

**Special Rate for DCHRS Graduates: this rate is for those who have completed the Developing Competencies for HR Success Course.

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

"Career advancement and a chance to demonstrate my commitment to the HR management profession motivated me to become certified. I have since recommended the IPMA-SCP and IPMA-CP designations to my colleagues and plan to maintain my certification by recertifying every three years."

- Margaret Rowe, IPMA-SCP, Human Resources Director, Asheville, North Carolina

DON'T MEET THE IPMA-SCP PREREQUISITES?

Please consider applying for the IPMA-CP.