Welcome to the the Preparatory course for the certification in Applying Humanitarian Principles in Practice (offered by the PHAP Credentialing Program). 
In order to maximize the value of the time that you are putting in to prepare, the course is structured to let you make use of what you already know and fill in the gaps where needed.

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Is this course for me?
The PHAP Credentialing Program Certification in Applying Humanitarian Principles in Practice (AHPP) is designed for humanitarian practitioners and others in related fields who need to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and be able to apply in practice, the four core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence. The AHPP certification is highly relevant for all individuals working in international organizations, NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, government institutions, academia and research, as well as others engaging with principled humanitarian action and the humanitarian sector. The AHPP certification is a stand-alone certification designed to apply to all practitioners at all levels of professional experience.
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How will I benefit from this course?
The AHPP certification is one of the six modular PHAP certifications that aim to recognize knowledge and skills in complementary areas of humanitarian practice. The AHPP certification provides an opportunity for practitioners to demonstrate professional competencies within the scope of the certification. Employers in the humanitarian sector are increasingly using the certifications in their professional development and recruitment.

You can access the full competency framework against which you will be assessed here.
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How long will it take?
 This preparatory course for the certification is designed in a flexible way to suit your specific needs.

PHAP provides a variety of free tools, guidance, and useful links to learning resources in order to prepare for the certification assessment in a targeted way. The Self-Assessment and Diagnostic Test are both useful tools to help you identify where you have the greatest need for improvement. By using the Self-Assessment and Diagnostic Test together, you can get an accurate picture of where you currently stand in your assessment preparation.


Depending on your starting point, following the course may take you anything from 2 hours to 2 weeks to complete.
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How much does it cost?
 This course is free.

In order to become certified, you must first pass the certification assessment, which is carried out online via remote proctoring/invigilation (a person who will observe that the candidate is following the assessment rules).

The certifications can be taken 24/7 through any computer with a stable internet connection and webcam. Each certification assessment credit costs USD 80 (USD 65 for PHAP members) and includes a free re-take in case you do not pass on your first attempt.
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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 All candidates who pass the certification assessment receive a verifiable digital badge as proof of their achievement that can be added to their CVs, social media profiles, email signature, or personal websites and portfolios. Your certification will be valid for three years. In order to renew your certification, you can either follow the Continuing Education Program or sit for the certification assessment again. More details can be found in the Candidate Handbook.
The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Click on       Join        button on this page. This will take you through to the course modules. Don't worry, if you stop a module halfway through, you can always continue later from where you left off.