Why certification?

For affected people

  • A robust way to improve accountability to people intended to benefit from humanitarian activities
  • New tools for building capacity across the humanitarian sector
  • More efficient use of limited resources

For practitioners

  • A robust method of demonstrating professionalism, commitment, knowledge, and skill
  • Flexible choice of learning methods, including knowledge and skills developed “on the job”
  • A foundation for more progressive professional development pathways, avoiding repetition of the same learning content again and again

For agencies and organizations

  • A flexible set of tools for recruitment and staff development
  • The ability to identify gaps and focus staff development resources where most needed
  • A way to demonstrate organizational effectiveness and meet commitments, for example in the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS)

For training and education providers

  • Relevant, up-to-date, practice-based body of knowledge for curriculum development
  • Increased value of existing training and education offerings by linking to robust external assessments
  • Additional motivation to drive participation in training and education activities


The unique structure of the PHAP Credentialing Program offers numerous interesting possibilities for other entities – including humanitarian agencies and organizations, training and education providers, donor and host States, and others – to get involved and benefit from the structures, standards, tools, and know-how that have been developed.

For more information, or to discuss possibilities for collaboration with the PHAP Credentialing Program, contact us at certifications@phap.org.