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Signifying Excellence and Experience in Human Resources

The IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) is a public sector focused and competency-based credential for qualified HR reached the manager, director, senior management or executive level. It is a designation that symbolizes excellence as an HR expert, a business partner, a leader and a change agent in the field of human resources.

How does a Certification Designation Benefit me?

The IPMA-SCP is a unique designation for human resource professionals that adds value to your career. With an IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional, you will STAND OUT amongst your peers by demonstrating your personal commitment to the advancement of your profession. The IPMA-SCP also shows competence, experience, and expertise in public sector human resource issues, management, and strategy.

How do I attain an IPMA-SCP certification?

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

  1. Review and meet the prerequisites for certification.
  2. Fill out the IPMA-SCP application and submit the appropriate fee (see below).
  3. Submit your completed application for review.
  4. Complete the IPMA-SCP Exam; study guides are available for $85.
  5. Receive your certification in the mail, along with recertification information and the opportunity to notify your supervisor of your accomplishment!

What are the required Prerequisites?

To be eligible for the IPMA-SCP certification, your experience must be considered at the professional/managerial level and be considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). You must meet one of the following education/experience prerequisites:

  • A graduate-level degree and 2 years of HR experience, including 1 year in public sector HR.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of HR experience, including 1 year in public sector HR.
  • An Associate's degree and 6 years of HR experience, including 1 year in public sector HR.
  • No degree and 8 years of HR experience, including 1 year in public sector HR.


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IPMA-HR Application Fees Fees **Special Rate for DCHRS Graduate Rate
IPMA-HR Member (also chapter member) $325 $225
Join IPMA-HR Now* (Includes 1 year of Online National IPMA-HR Membership) $434 $334
Non-Member $375 $275
Study Guide (for online exam) $85 $85
Re-take Online Exam $99 $99

*Fees are due at the time of submission and can be paid by check, MasterCard or Visa. If your application is not approved or 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 only for those who have completed the Developing Competencies for HR Success Course.

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

For questions regarding the Developing Competencies for HR Success course (REGISTER HERE) please contact meetings@ipma-hr.org or (703) 549-71.00.