Call for experienced practitioners to “beta test” new humanitarian certifications

Over the past year, the practitioner communities supporting the development of the PHAP Credentialing Program have been hard at work creating the new and updated certification assessments. Thanks to the contributions of hundreds of subject matter experts as well as the psychometricians involved in the drafting and review, the assessments are now ready to be “beta tested” to ensure that they will serve as a robust and trustworthy mechanism for practitioners to solidify and demonstrate their knowledge, experience, and skills. We are calling on practitioners in all parts of the humanitarian sector to help with the beta testing process either face-to-face or online.

As a thank you, all beta testers are awarded one free credit for the official certification assessment for each beta test they complete (value US$65-80 each). The beta testing may be done either in person (see beta testing locations and dates below) or online. No advance preparation is required to sit for the beta testing, although we do recommend that participants read the outline of competency statements for each area prior to sitting for the corresponding beta test.

The assessment forms undergoing beta testing in this round include the updated assessment forms for the three certifications launched last year (1) humanitarian ecosystem, (2) legal frameworks, and (3) humanitarian principles) as well as assessment forms for the new certifications that will be launched in April this year, in (4) MEAL, (5) cash transfer programming, and (6) humanitarian needs assessment.

In-person beta testing sessions will be held for all six of the abovementioned certification areas in the following locations:

For everyone interested in participating in the beta testing process, we strongly recommend attending one of these face-to-face beta testing sessions, if possible, as this will allow you to learn more about the program from PHAP staff and get onsite support with the beta testing system. Please use the links above to register for your most preferred location and time.

However, for those who are not able to make it to one of the in-person beta testing sessions, we are also offering this year a secure online option for remotely proctored beta testing. This means that you can contribute to the beta testing using your own computer from your home or office, with a live proctor ensuring test security via webcam. Fill in this quick form to express your interest in remotely proctored beta testing.

The beta tests typically take between 45 and 60 minutes to complete. (Believe it or not, many who participated last time found it so enjoyable they did two or three tests in a row!) Again, as a token of appreciation for their time, all beta testers are awarded a free credit for the official certification assessment for each beta test they complete (value US$65-80 each)

Certification assessments are being tested in six different competency areas. To learn more about them, visit the pages on the PHAP Credentialing Program website:

  1. Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem (UHE)
  2. International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action (ILFHA)
  3. Applying Humanitarian Principles in Practice (AHPP)
  4. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)
  5. Cash Transfer Programming in Humanitarian Action (CTP)
  6. Humanitarian Needs Assessment (HNA)

We look forward to seeing you in one of the beta tests!


The PHAP Credentialing Program is made possible through the Practitioner Competencies Learning Center, a joint initiative of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, CHS Alliance, and PHAP working to develop solutions that strengthen competency-based approaches in the humanitarian sector at the individual and organizational level.