FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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 would require least 2 years of HR-related work experience at the appropriate level of role seniority for IHRP-CP or IHRP-SP. Do email us if you would like to enquire about your eligibility.

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

A: Yes the certification can also be applicable for specialists, provided sufficient exposure to and demonstration of competencies across the breadth of the Body of Competencies.

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 finalised Q4 2017.

Q: I am facing a 500 Internal Server Error message when I was submitting my information and documents for the IHRP Certification. What should I do?

A: You may be facing a cache issue. Try to clear cache on your browser and re-log into your account. Alternatively, you may try browsing the application portal in Incognito mode. Links on how to clear cache and browse in Incognito mode below:

If the issue still persists after trying the above solution, please email us at hello@ihrp.sg

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 (Experience) Assessment review, the IHRP team will email candidates with the results 1 month of the cut-off date.  Upon receipt of the email, candidates should login to the IHRP portal to confirm the date for Stage 2 (Onsite) Assessment and make payment for Onsite Assessment.  The results of Stage 2 (Onsite) Assessment will be released 3-4 weeks after the onsite assessment date.

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: 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.

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 are no specific mandatory training that must be taken before the assessment.  However, applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have fulfilled 150 hours of HR-related education or training before applying for certification. The 150 hours can be fulfilled via evidence of:

  • HR-related tertiary education (i.e. HR degree/diploma); and/or
  • Cumulative aggregate of 150 hours through any HR-related courses, workshops, conference and seminars taken in the past

You may refer to IHRP's list of accredited courses to fulfill the 150 hours of HR-related training.

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 ceased the SHRI accreditation.

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.

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