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📌  Public Sector HR Essentials Program


Announcing NEW Requirements for the IPMA-CP Credential!!


Once you have completed the Public Sector HR Essentials Program­ — offered online three times a year in winter (January-May), Spring (April-August) and fall (August-December) — and pass the new CP Exam you are automatically certified. No application is required for this certification.

IPMA-HR will automatically send you your certification credentials, along with your recertification information. Included in this packet will also be a form which provides you with the opportunity to have your supervisor and other leaders in your organization notified of your accomplishment.

Recertification is required every three years for a nominal fee.

Designed to meet the unique needs of the public sector HR professional

A foundational course, IPMA-HR's Public Sector HR Essentials program is recommended for entry-level HR professionals and anyone new to the public sector. It is designed to ease the transition of HR professionals from the private sector and advance their professional development with invaluable expertise and specific strategies for success in the public sector.

Flexible online format to meet your demanding schedule

The Public Sector HR Essentials Program contains eight modules, which are facilitated online by an expert instructor. You can expect to

  • Complete each module at your pace over a period of 2-4 weeks
  • Receive valuable interaction through online discussions with your peers and expert instructor
  • Have key principles and concepts reinforced through online materials and written assignments
  • Enjoy seamless guidance through the process via the program calendar and assistance from your instructor
  • Walk away with the prestigious Public Sector HR Essentials Program upon completion of the eight modules and receipt of a qualifying score on the final exam

Learn from the experts in public sector HR

You’ll benefit from the expertise of top public sector HR professionals who understand the unique issues, challenges, and opportunities of human resources in the government environment. A public sector HR expert will instruct you through each module.

Renowned HR consultant Richard Heil, IPMA-CP, helped write and develop the course. Heil also serves as our primary instructor, providing you with valuable feedback on written assignments, answering your questions, and facilitating online discussions.

IPMA-HR’s HR Essentials Program has been approved for 48 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

The IPMA-HR Public HR Essentials online program touches all elements of the HR environment.  It also demonstrates the relationship of HR in both public and private sectors. After evaluating the program, I decided to encourage my HR staff to enroll and benefit from the comprehensive training and online convenience. Marcia Lowry, Human Resources Manager, SPHR, IPMA-CP, Columbia County, Georgia


2018 Program Dates


NOTE: Government executives, this is the perfect program to recommend to your frontline and mid-level human resources staff. The expertise, strategies, and expanded professional network they’ll gain will benefit your organization for years to come.