Coverage of TMP™ Exam
The questions appearing in TMI exams aim to check and validate examinees' awareness and knowledge about the general frameworks of Talent Management. This includes key practices and trends in 21st century Talent Management, and critical issues, challenges and opportunities in the discipline today. TMI exams, in keeping with the TMI framework TMI-UKF™ and the TMI Body of Knowledge, steer away from Human Resources and focus exclusively on Talent Management. Examinees are expected to already be knowledgeable in Human Resources to prepare them for a more in-depth course in Talent Management.
TMI certification exams feature questions drawn from a wide selection of Talent Management areas, a knowledge in which the TMI body of knowledge defines as essential to have for individuals intending to be recognized and credentialed by TMI. The framework and coverage of TMI exams is defined by The Talent Management Handbook for Practitioners. The following topics have been specifically assigned by the TMI Professional Certification Board in which the knowledge of examinees are tested:
|Knowledge Dimensions Covered
|PART A: Defining Concepts & Perspectives in Talent Management
Consists of questions from 5 mandatory knowledge dimensions including management, business and Talent Management imperatives of the 21st century, the Talent Management ecosystem, talent‐need analysis, and talent competence assessment frameworks for organizations
|PART B: Elements of Strategy & Leadership in Talent Management
Consists of questions from 10 mandatory knowledge dimensions including Strategic Talent Management, building competitive advantage through integrated Talent Management, sustainable talent development, talent pipeline building, executive on-boarding, identifying and assessing high-potential talent, developing leadership talent, and managing leadership talent pools.
|PART C: Critical Focus Areas of Talent Management Practice
Consists of questions from eight mandatory knowledge dimensions sweeping across areas like Talent engagement, building functional expertise, managing and measuring Talent Management effectiveness, global Talent Manage-ment, talent supplies in global organizations, succession planning, performance management, and technology de-ployment in Talent Management.
|PART D: International Talent Management Experiences & Insights
Consists of insights, experiences, and cases focused on talent development, integrated Talent Management, talent practices, Talent Management adoption, and boardroom view of Talent Management in some of the world’s most enduring business corporations. It also covers CHRO perspectives on Talent Management as well as perspectives on critical research issues and the future of Talent Management practice.
|Total Number Of Questions
Structure & Nature of a Typical TMP™ Exam
A typical TMP™ exam includes a mix of Type A and Type B questions for a total of 60 questions.
TYPE A - GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF CONCEPTS
Questions directly test the examinees' ability to correctly and precisely recollect concepts, principles, techniques, and generally accepted practices in contemporary Talent Management. The answers to TYPE A questions will reflect examinees' awareness and comprehension of critical Talent Management concepts and issues as covered in the TMI body of knowledge. TYPE A Questions are facts based with the answer options being clear statements either clearly correct, or incorrect. There is only one CORRECT answer to TYPE A questions, and examinees are scored only if the correct options are selected.
TYPE B - ABILITY TO APPLY UNDERSTANDING & KNOWLEDGE
Questions directly test the examinees' ability to apply and execute their awareness and understanding of the concepts and principles in the practice of Talent Management. The answers to TYPE B questions will reflect examinees' capacities for critical analysis and judgement in gauging Talent Management challenges. Questions will test examinees' abilities to devise strategic approaches, plans and programs to resolve challenges with accountability and a high degree of effectiveness. TYPE B questions have four answer choices and ONLY one of these four would be incorrect. The rest of the three answers would be correct, but they represent varying levels of suitability for the situation expressed. The best of these three answers carries the maximum 10 marks, and the least suitable the least – 5 marks. The third correct answer with mid-level suitability carries 7.5 marks. Examinees must choose only one of these four answer choices and they are scored 0, 5, 7.5 or 10, depending on their choice of answer–option.
The Objectives and Principles Underlying the Design of TMP™ Exam
The TMI exam aims at validating the registrants' potential and capacity to effectively perform an array of Talent Management functions in complex organizations operating within a transnational system. The TMI exam system validates this potential through assessing registrants' knowledge about Talent Management theory and practice and their ability to apply this knowledge to achieve excellence in their performance. These exams are designed on standards from the TMI Standardized Knowledge Architecture for Practice Excellence. The TMI- Universal Knowledge Framework is the capstone TMI framework on which the TMI Body of Knowledge has been engineered to redefine the profession of Talent Management in the 21st century.
TMI exams test registrants on their knowledge of the state of the art principles, theories and generally accepted practices of Talent Management as laid out in the TMI-UKF™. These exams expect that individuals being assessed for their TMI Credentials read the material contained in the TMI Resource Kits and maintain familiarity with the latest in Talent Management theory and practice by reading journals and books, listening to podcasts of experts and participating in professional development programs and events.
Qualifying for the TMP™ Exam
Usually, a cumulative score of 65%-70% on a TMP™ certification exam can be deemed qualification worthy. However, an examinee's real, individual scores do not decide the recommendation for a credential award. Instead, a complex algorithm is used to make qualification decisions which nullify geographic and other environmental factors with potential to skew performance. As such, the qualifying benchmark should not be expected to stay pegged at an exact number for pass/fail.
Preparing for the TMP™ Exam
TMP™ is for young HR professionals aspiring to break into the Talent Management space. It is critical that all TMP™ candidates focus on widening their perspective of Talent Management. While the TMI TMP™ Resource Box contains reading material and guidelines on how to study for the TMP™ exam, additional research should be done to properly prepare for the exam. Talent Management is an evolving discipline and will perhaps never become an exact science, making containing the entire practice of Talent Management into a single textbook impossible. TMI has evolved its essential knowledge model in what is the world’s largest project on defining knowledge essentials for excellence in Talent Management. As the world's foremost credentialing body in Talent Management, TMI has done its part to cover the extensive breadth of Talent Management to assure that the TMP™ certification makes an impact on the professional capabilities of certification holders.
While TMP™ examinees are clearly advised to use The TMI Practitioner’s Handbook on Talent Management as the master reference for preparing for their exams, the handbook is one piece in preparation for the TMP™ examination. Although a sizable number of questions in a typical TMP™ exam are drawn from content which is available in the Handbook, the rest of the questions in the exam are drawn from content from other sources. TMI therefore strongly advises all examinees to research other online and offline resources to brush up their concepts and awareness about how Talent Management impacts business and HR and how HR today seeks to enhance its effectiveness by better connecting with business, management, and society at large.
To ensure that all TMP™ registrants develop themselves into the best young international professionals, TMI advises they read extensively on the subject from as many sources as possible. For external resources you can use to better prepare for your TMP™ examination, please refer to the TMI Exam Preparation Guidelines available for download under the TMI resources tab of your myTMI account.