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IHRP Certification

IHRP offers two pathways to certification:

Experience Pathway

The current certification pathway is for existing HR Professionals who meet the eligibility criteria of 2 years of HR-related work experience at the relevant seniority level and have 150-hours of HR-related training or education.

IHRP Certification Overview

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Who is it for?

IHRP Certified Professional (IHRP-CP)

The IHRP-CP is for you if you have more than 2 years of HR experience and responsible for developing and implementing HR policies and programmes to deliver HR services and operate the HR function.

IHRP Senior Professional (IHRP-SP)

The IHRP-SP is for you if you are a seasoned and experienced HR leader with responsibilities for leading a HR function, designing and developing HR policies and programmes, and providing day-to-day guidance to your team for HR service delivery.

IHRP Master Professional (IHRP-MP)

The IHRP-MP is the pinnacle of the IHRP Certification, providing special recognition for top HR leaders from MNC, Public Sector and Small-Medium Enterprises, who are recognised and well-regarded by the HR community for their active contributions to the HR industry. They make up 1-2 % of our IHRP Certified community.

How would you be assessed?

IHRP Certified Professional (IHRP-CP)

You will be assessed through:

Experience Assessment: Online submission of detailed information and documented proof to demonstrate HR-related training and experience.

On-site Assessment: Computer based assessment comprising of multiple-choice questions for Paper A and B

IHRP Senior Professional (IHRP-SP)

You will be assessed through:

Experience Assessment: Online submission of detailed information and documented proof to demonstrate HR-related training and experience.

On-site Assessment: Computer based assessment comprising of multiple-choice questions for Paper A and short-answer questions for Paper C.

IHRP Master Professional (IHRP-MP)

The IHRP-MP certification is via invitation only, and not available for open application.  The IHRP-MP Process is conducted once a year, where IHRP-MP candidates are nominated by Tripartite Partners and current IHRP-MPs and need to be approved by the IHRP Board.

IHRP Master Professional (IHRP-MP)

The IHRP-MP is the pinnacle of the IHRP Certification and initiated via a nomination process by Tripartite Partners and existing IHRP-MPs. The IHRP-MP is for you if you are a senior/ C-level HR leader who is well-regarded by the HR community and have actively contributed back to the HR industry. You would have with responsibilities for strategising and directing the HR management and development agenda at an organisation-wide level, often serving as a trusted business partner to C-level stakeholders.

IHRP Senior Professional (IHRP-SP)
IHRP Certified Professional (IHRP-CP)
My HR Experience

  • I should have at least 10 years of total relevant working experience in HR; of which,
  • I must have at least 2 years of current and consistent experience at the job level of an SP
  • I comply to IHRP’s Code of Professional Conduct
My HR Experience

  • I must have at least 2 years of total relevant working experience in HR
  • I comply to IHRP’s Code of Professional Conduct
My Job Scope
My job scope entails:

  • Navigating through complex and ever-changing business needs
  • Working closely with business leaders in driving organization goals through strategic HR interventions
  • Oversight on CP’s job scope and HR policies
  • Leading HR strategic interventions that are typically mid-to-long term (i.e. 3 years onwards)
My Job Scope
My job scope entails:

  • Ensuring day-to-day HR operations are run efficiently and effectively
  • Provide HR advisory and support to all levels of staff
  • Executing (may also lead) HR intervention strategies that are typically short-to-mid term (i.e 1-3 years)
Who reports to me
I can be a/an:

  • Leader of a HR department/team of executive* and managerial* level
  • Leader of multiple HR departments
  • Possibly an individual contributor but with highly strategic job scope

* your direct reports can include IHRP-CP and/or fellow IHRP-SP members

Who reports to me
I can be a/an:

  • Leader of a HR department/team of executive* and managerial* level
  • Leader of multiple HR departments
  • Possibly an individual contributor but with highly strategic job scope

* your direct reports can include IHRP-CP and/or fellow IHRP-SP members

Note

The points stated in this guide are indicative and your final outcome on your suitability for IHRP certification is subjected for review by the Assessment Team For more information, you may contact our Assessment & Insights Team at assessment@ihrp.sg

The IHRP Certification offers 3 stages that encompass a holistic developmental journey. It is designed to help you become a well-rounded HR professional, who is able to demonstrate relevance in up-to-date HR knowledge, competencies and developments.

3 stages of a holistic development journey

STEP 1

Registration. Access the online form to start your application process. You will need to provide detailed personal, employment information, as well as your HR-related work/ education and training for us to review*. You will then be required to upload your NRIC/ Identification, Curriculum Vitae, Reference testimonial.

Online Experience Assessment. Share examples of how you have demonstrated your HR professional skills, knowledge and experience as referenced against the IHRP Body of Competencies (BoC).

STEP 2

Confirm appointment for On-site Competency Assessment. You will be notified of your outcome for Online Experience Assessment at least one month before your selected assessment date. If the application is successful, you may proceed to confirm your appointment for your Competency Assessment.

On-site Competency Assessment. Take the computer-based assessment. You will be conferred with the IHRP Certification if you successfully meet the requirements of the assessment.

STEP 3

Upon certification, you are encouraged to embark on your continuing professional development (CPD) journey. Your CPD hours, together with testimonial confirming your involvement in HR-related roles and a declaration of compliance to the IHRP Code of Professional Conduct will be required for recertification at the end of 3 years.

A continued investment in learning and development is essential for you to keep ahead of the times and progress in your HR career.

The business, work and HR environments are changing all the time. As an IHRP-certified professional, you need to invest in learning and personal development activities to keep abreast of these changes and continue to support the business.

The CPD hours are necessary for recertification every 3 years. The 90 CPD hours may be accumulated through multi-modal learning opportunities including activities such as accredited courses, self-study, workshops and conferences, e-learning, IHRP Connect mobile platform learning and etc.

Formal/ Structured Learning - Sample Activities

Contributing to HR Community*

  • Participate in formal Mentoring Program
  • Participate in structured HR Volunteer Program
  • Teach HR-related topics/ subjects (outside org)
  • Speaker at HR conferences, panels, seminars
  • Publish articles for HR/ Biz publications
  • Participate in HR taskforce/ committees

Instructor-led*

  • Training Program
  • Workshop/ Seminar
  • E-learning
  • Webinars
  • In-house training

Others*

  • Conferences
  • HR-related focus groups
  • Community of Practice
  • IHRP Events
  • IHRP Connect (Mobile learning platform)
Informal Learning - Sample Activities
  • Self-study (books, articles, research)
  • Participate in HR discussion forums/ Linkedin Groups
  • Facilitation of book club or learning circles
  • Online training (self-learning)
  • Work on internal HR Projects
  • Design/ deliver internal HR training

Note

IHRP certified individuals can earn IHRP Connect Points through learning and engagement on the mobile learning platform. 150 points converts to 1 CPD hour.

Recertification ensures that your skills and experience remain current, and demonstrates your commitment to professional development. To remain IHRP-certified, you will need to go through recertification every 3 years.

Certified HR professionals who wish to extend their certifications are required to submit a recertification application

To recertify, you will need to submit:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Supporting documents of continuing professional development activities undertaken (total of 90 hours)
  • Statement of Professional Conduct: Declaration of compliance with the IHRP Code of Professional Conduct
  • HR-related work: Testimonial/Evidence confirming continued involvement in HR/HR-related roles

To be an IHRP-certified HR professional, you must comply with and commit to upholding and maintaining the standards and behaviours set out in our Code of Professional Conduct. Complying with the code serves to ensure public confidence in the integrity of our certification.

Code of Professional Conduct has 5 core principles:

1. Integrity

Demonstrating strong moral principles and maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct in discharging HR duties and establishing a reputation as a trusted HR professional.

2. Objectivity

Adopting a fair and equitable approach towards HR and business matters, and in doing so, inspiring trust and credibility as a competent HR professional.

3. Professional Competence

Being accountable for your own actions, taking personal ownership for developing and maintaining professional competencies, and keeping abreast of the latest trends and developments in HR and adjacent disciplines so as to build credibility as an HR professional.

4. Confidentiality

Adhering to high ethical standards when managing classified and sensitive information and/or private personnel data.

5. People Advocacy

Committing to place People at the heart of HR work, to exercise empathy and compassion when dealing with people, and to develop their potential while in pursuit of organisational goals.

Find out about the Code of Professional Conduct.

Development Pathway

About the Programme

The 2-year IHRP Certified Associate (IHRP-CA) Programme provides a structured development pathway for new and aspiring HR Professionals towards IHRP-CP professional certification. This dynamic programme equips individuals with both HR knowledge and exposure to industry-leading practices. It also provides professionals and students that are not in HR to have opportunities to learn and apply emerging HR Skills.

The programme is part of IHRP’s Development Pathway targeted at HR Professionals who currently do not meet the eligibility criteria of the Experience Pathway. It is designed to equip IHRP Certified Associates (IHRP-CA) with application of HR knowledge and accelerate their readiness to take on bigger HR roles as an IHRP-Certified Professional (IHRP-CP).

The programme is made available to the following groups:

  • Working Professionals (Non-HR students, PMETs, Junior HR Specialists, HR Admin)
  • Fresh HR Graduates

For more information, please contact us at certifiedassociate@ihrp.sg or find out more from the FAQs.

Stage 1

Stage 1

Pre-qualification. Complete the Foundation Assessment Papers:

  • Paper A – Employment Policies and Legislations, and
  • Paper N – Foundational HR knowledge and competencies as outlined by IHRP’s Body of Competencies  (BOC).

Online preparatory materials and accredited training programmes are available to prepare you for the papers.

HR students graduating from designated polytechnics and universities are eligible for exemption from FoundatioN Paper (Paper N).

Access the online form to start your application process.

Stage 2

Learning & Development. Through the IHRP Certified Associate (IHRP-CA) Programme, you will go through structure learning through 3Es

Emerging Skills.  Micro- credential in emerging HR skills, application of HR skills through capstone projects, Skills Framework Workshops and Human Capital Diagnostic Tool (HCDT)

Exposure.  Mentoring, networking opportunities, learning journeys

Education.  Curated content and Communities of Practice on IHRP mobile-enabled learning platform, courses in emerging HR skills provided by accredited partners

More detailed information on IHRP Certified Associate (IHRP-CA) Programme will be released in March 2020.

Stage 3

Progression to IHRP Certified Professional (IHRP-CP) level

  • Paper B – Functional and foundational competencies
  • Experience Assessment – You will need to provide detailed information on your HR experience, as well as your HR-related education and training for us to review.

 Accredited training programmes are available to prepare you for the Paper B.

IHRP-CA who successfully attain at least 2 HR skills micro-credentials will be exempted from Experience Assessment.

Access the online form to start your application process.

Click here to find out the IHRP-CA Assessment Fees.

Click here to find out how to prepare for the Paper.

Get Certified

The IHRP certification is a holistic assessment that ensures HR professionals have the requisite
HR knowledge, skills and attributes to excel in their job roles.