Experience Assessment: How to Prepare

Certification under the IHRP standards provides an industry endorsed mark of quality. It reflects your commitment to enriching your HR development journey and achieving mastery of HR competencies increasingly valued by employers.

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

It comprises the Online Experience Assessment and the On-site Competency Assessment.

stage 1 and 2

Stage 1: Experience Assessment (Part I)

The Experience Assessment is split into two parts - Background & Training and HR Experience. 

  • Part I - Background & Training

You will need to submit information of your education, training, and HR career history.

Information required
Approx. time to fill (minutes)
Personal information
Employment information
HR-related work experience
HR-related education and training. You will need approximately 150 hours (around 19 days; 1 day = 8 hours) of HR-related education or training.
(Soft copy of HR qualification is required where applicable.)
Supporting documents
(Soft copies of NRIC/Identification, Curriculum Vitae, Reference testimonial)
Payment of application fee

Note: You may find that you need more time to gather the information required. If so, you can always save your application and return to it later.

Some time Saver Tips:

  • Collate your supporting documents (i.e HR-related qualification(s) where applicable)
  • Collate your mandatory documents (i.e soft copies of NRIC/Identification, CV, Reference testimonial)

Especially with regards to HR-related education and training supporting documents, it would be helpful to gather your HR degree/diploma certifications or certificates of attendance across the various HR-related training/workshops/seminars. Information required includes name of course, name of institution/organisation and start/end dates.

As part of the Experience Assessment, you will need to submit a Reference Testimonial from someone who is familiar with your HR experience and can attest to your demonstrated HR competencies. We recommend you obtain your Reference Testimonial early based on the requirements.

Recent testimonials that cover these requirements may also be submitted.

HR-related education and training

You will need at approximately 150 hours (around 19 days; 1 day = 8 hours) of HR-related education or training. You can fulfil this requirement by having either:

  • Tertiary education in a HR-related discipline; or
  • HR-related training courses; or
  • HR conferences/seminars/workshops
  • HR-related internships
  • Internal HR training,
  • Online HR-related courses
Download the IHRP reference testimonial template here

Stage 1: Experience Assessment (Part II)

  • Part II - HR Experience

You will need to share examples of how you have demonstrated your HR professional skills, knowledge and experience as referenced against IHRP Body of Competencies (BoC)

Information requiredApprox. time to fill (minutes)
Competency demonstration
(as referenced against the IHRP's Body of Competencies)
Declaration of adherence to IHRP Code of Professional Conduct3

As this is an evidence-based assessment of your HR experience across IHRP’s Body of Competencies (BOC), you will need to reflect on your work and describe your experiences across the following areas:  

(i) Functional competencies       

(ii) Uphold professional conduct              

(iii) Display business and financial acumen          

(iv) Demonstrate change leadership      

(v) Adopt future orientation      

(vi) Labour policies and legislation            

(vii) Analytics and insights          

(viii) Technology and operational excellence      

(ix) Relationships and communication

To help us assess your application, share a few succinct examples reflecting:

  • What’s the context (i.e. situation, stakeholders)?
  • What action did you take?
  • What’s the outcome achieved?


  1. Enter “N/A” in the online submission if you do not have relevant examples for any of the upcoming sections.  We will conduct a holistic assessment of your application to consider your case.
  2. Use the same example/scenario if it can cover multiple competency areas
  3. Provide a succinct example as a bulleted list or short paragraph
  4. Maintain confidentiality of the scenarios by masking names and organisation
  5. Select examples that demonstrate your ability to meet the performance expectations of the level applied

I created a self-service electronic platform for employees to access and get answers to their routine HR-related queries

To drive up the take-up rate, I designed and implemented a Change Programme.  I persuaded the respective department heads of the business benefits (improved productivity, higher staff engagement and improved response time of staff HR-related queries

I worked with the Department Heads to conduct 5 lunch-time roadshows for their department staff

The take-up rate has since doubled

Competencies addressed:

  • Functional: Engage
  • Foundational: Relationship & Communications; Technology and Operational Excellence, Demonstrate Change Leadership

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