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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-SCP and IPMA-CP 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.