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Public Sector Focused, Competency-Based

IPMA-HR offers two professional credentials that are public sector focused. Both the IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) and the IPMA-HR Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) symbolize excellence in the field of human resources as an HR expert, a business partner, a leader and a change agent. Since it debuted in 2000, more than 3,000 HR professionals around the world have enhanced their careers with an IPMA-HR certification.

  • Those experts 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.
  • Individuals with the IPMA-CP credential are qualified human resource professionals in the public sector in an entry- or mid-level career position.

The IPMA-CP and IPMA-SCP 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.

For questions regarding the IPMA-HR certification programs, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you still have more questions regarding IPMA-HR certification programs, please contact Debbie Tankersely-Snook at or (703) 549-7100. 


The IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) is a public sector focused and competency-based credential for qualified HR professionals who have reached the manager, director, senior management, or executive level.


The IPMA-CP certification is for human resources specialists/generalists/managers.


There are two certification exams facilitated by IPMA-HR: the IPMA-SCP exam and the IPMA-CP exam.


To retain an IPMA-HR certification, an individual must accumulate 50 recertification points every three years and submit a completed Criteria for Recertification Form.