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IPC Certification Programme - Process and Levels

Building IPC Capacity through Knowledge, Practice and Professional Standards

The IPC Certification Programme aims at qualifying IPC practitioners professionally. It is relevant for food security experts who are or want to be involved in IPC activities at global, regional and country levels.

The IPC Certification Process is designed to ensure that applicants acquire and prove:

  • Understanding and knowledge of IPC technical standards, protocols, and guidelines;
  • Skills to apply the IPC approach and engage in IPC Analysis; and
  • Relevant level of capacity and experience to lead IPC Trainings and Analyses.

There are three IPC certificates and related credentials:

1. “Level 1 Certificate as IPC Analysts” that certifies an individual to use the IPC tools and procedures professionally;

2. “Level 2 Certificate as IPC Trainers/Facilitators” which allows an individual to lead IPC Level 1 Trainings and Country Analysis Workshops; and

3. “Level 3 Certificate as IPC Expert” that aims at preparing IPC International Experts who can operate and support the IPC Certification Programme anywhere in the world.

Each level of certification includes specific requirements, what the certification qualifies the person to do, and the process for certification registration. Levels 1 and 2 are available for all three IPC scales (Acute Food Insecurity, Chronic Food Insecurity and Acute Malnutrition), while Level 3 is currently available only for Acute Food Insecurity.

IPC certification is not mandatory to get involved in IPC activities. However, for the sake of sustainability and increased technical rigour, all IPC stakeholders, in particular the national IPC Technical Working Groups (TWGs), are encouraged to get IPC certified.

IPC Cross-Country Learning Exchange

In the framework of the Certification Programme, the IPC Global Support Unit has implemented the Cross-Country Learning Exchange Programme, which aims at facilitating the IPC Certification process, allowing food security experts who are engaged in IPC activities to meet the requirements to get certified as IPC Trainers/Facilitators. Moreover, these cross-country fertilization experiences will allow IPC practitioners to compare procedures, learn and share country practices through participation in IPC analysis and lessons-learnt workshops, and gather cross-border information.

How to


To pass the e-tests and to complete the IPC Acute Food Insecurity e-Learning course, please visit:


To attend IPC trainings and participate in IPC analyses, please contact the IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) in your country or the IPC GSU Regional Team in your region.

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