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IHRP Certification related

Q: Which certification level should I apply for?

A: The IHRP-CP is for you if you are in a HR Managerial or Business Partnering role and responsible for developing and implementing HR policies and programmes to deliver HR services and operate the HR function.

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.

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 C-suite 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.

Q: If I had previously attended a HR-related training or education, can it count towards the 150-hours of HR-related training or education?

A: Yes. As long as you have evidence of previously attending a HR-related tertiary education (i.e. HR degree/diploma); or HR-related courses, workshops, conference and seminars accumulating to an aggregate of 150-hours, it will count towards the requirement of the 150-hours of HR-related training or education.

Q: Am I qualified to participate if I only have 3~4 number years of HR experience?

A: You will qualify as long as you have 2 years of HR-related work experience at the relevant seniority levels. For Example:

As an IHRP-CP, you will need 2 years experience performing in the scope of a HR manager, HR Business Partner, HR Specialist, or equivalent.

As an IHRP-SP, you will need 2 years experience performing in the scope of a Head of HR, HR Director, HR Business Partner Lead, or equivalent.

Q: Am I qualified to participate if my current position is a HR specialist?

A: Yes absolutely! To date, HR specialists in the fields of compensation & benefits, talent acquisition, talent management, learning & development have successfully been certified

Q: I have little HR experience, but in HR-relevant role. Can I still apply?

A: The IHRP certification is a practitioner's certification and a validation of your HR experience. As such, there is an experience requirement of at least 2 years at the role equivalent to the IHRP-CP and IHRP-SP level. You may want to give yourself more time to build up your HR experience if you are not yet ready. If you are a junior HR professional, you could also consider the associate programme.

Q: How do I join as an associate?

A: We are currently finalising the eligibility requirements for the IHRP Associate Programme, and will post an update on our website once it is finalised.

Q: How long does it take for the results of the assessment to be announced?

A: There is a two-part holistic assessment process. For Stage 1: Online Experience Assessment review, the IHRP team will email candidates with the results approximately 1 month from the cut-off date. Upon receipt of the email, candidates should login to the IHRP portal to confirm the date for Stage 2: On-site Competency Assessment and make payment. The results of Stage 2: On-site Competency Assessment will be released approximately 1 to 2 months (depending on the level of certification) after the onsite assessment date.

Q: How do I know if a course is IHRP accredited?

A: Please refer to IHRP’s webpage for the list of IHRP accredited courses. Only courses accredited by IHRP will be published in IHRP’s website.

Q: How do I select an accredited course suitable for me?

A: Each accredited course is aligned to the relevant competencies under the IHRP Body of Competencies. You may wish to select the course base on the competency areas which you wish to acquire/ deepen as part of your professional development and upgrading.

Q: Do I need to sit in a schedule of classes? Are there any compulsory training before the assessment?

A: There is no mandatory training required before the assessment. However, you will need to indicate that you have fulfilled approximately 150 hours of HR-related education or training before applying. The 150 hours can be fulfilled through:

HR-related tertiary education (i.e. HR degree/diploma); and/or any HR-related courses, workshops, conference and seminars taken in the past.

You may also consider taking IHRP Accredited Courses to help you fulfil your HR-related Education and Training hours

Q: Would the IHRP certification be recognised internationally?

A: IHRP certification gives you an industry-endorsed mark of quality the acknowledges your mastery of future-ready competencies and behaviours which are recognised and desired by employers.

In line with IHRP’s mission to become an internationally recognised authority of HR, we are currently working to establish reciprocal arrangements with other international HR certification bodies. We can share more information about the reciprocal arrangements once these arrangements are fully finalised in the future.

Q: Is there a difference between SHRI & IHRP certification?

A: The IHRP certification is the national HR certification. With the launch of the IHRP certification, SHRI has since ceased the SHRI accreditation and is in the process to transit HR professionals who are SHRI-Accredited to be IHRP-Certified.

Q: Can SkillsFuture be utilised for the certification?

A: You may use your Skills Future Credit for the courses and training that leads up to the certification, which will in turn qualify you for the 150 hours. However, Skills Future Credit cannot be used for the certification fees.

CIPD-IHRP related

Q: Why is the CIPD and IHRP creating a mutual recognition agreement?

A: The partnership between the CIPD and IHRP signifies a strategic intent to build a global and borderless HR community. CIPD and IHRP share a common vision to develop HR professionals who are future-oriented and are able to embrace change to unlock the potential of people and enable transformation of business.

Q: What are the benefits?

A: The CIPD and IHRP mutual recognition offers HR professionals the opportunity to obtain certifications from two well-regarded international HR Certification bodies. The mutual recognition provides a rigorous testament of the professional standing and mastery of HR competencies that are future-oriented and progressive. HR professionals are also able to access the broader set of programmes, resources and communities offered by both organisations, thereby enabling opportunities for greater growth, mobility and international connectivity.

Q: Why do I need to fulfill bridging in order to obtain certification from the CIPD and IHRP?

A: The bridging covers the eligibility criteria and assessment requirements from the CIPD or IHRP, which are not covered by the other party. You can refer to the details on the bridging requirements, process and fees on the partnership page.

Q: Do I have to pay membership fees to both the CIPD and IHRP?

A: For the CIPD, you will be required to a one-time joining fee and an annual membership fee (fee amount dependent on membership level).

IHRP does not charge membership fees. There will be recertification fee of $450 every three years.

Q: Do I have to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for both the CIPD and IHRP?

A: Yes, however, you are able to count the same set of CPD activities towards fulfilling the requirements by the CIPD and IHRP respectively.

Q: Is it necessary to maintain the validity of certification with both the CIPD and IHRP?

A: You will need to maintain the validity of your certification with the CIPD and IHRP respectively, for the continued use of the professional credentials and access to the resources and benefits of each organisation.

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