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Talent Management Practitioner

Talent Management isn’t just the latest advancement in the HR industry, it is also the most critical mission for business continuity. If you have it, your TMP™ Credential is the most authoritative evidence around of your promise and potential as a modern HR practitioner.


TMP™ is the first step in launching a profession in Talent Management and Human Resources for both young HR professionals and HR graduates. Growth in traditional HR positions is plateauing and there is now an increasing demand for proven knowledge in Talent Management. TMP™ makes you a more attractive hire for a vast majority of HR recruiters around the world.

The TMP Credential is designed for individuals graduating with a HR major or similar disciplines from premier universities, business schools, and HR institutions. TMP™ re-engineers your know-how as a modern HR professional! Your HR degree coupled with a Talent Management Qualification is a reliable way to establish your career in a high-paying Talent Management function after you graduate. TMP™ makes you a more desirable candidate which is why MBAs and HR professionals with majors like HRM, Industrial Psychology, Personnel Management, and Labor Relations are increasingly opting for TMP™

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Talent Management Practitioner


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TMP™ Certification Program Fee

$ 525 USD This is a one-time fee which covers the TMP™ certification exam, the TMI Resources Box (the TMI Learning Kit), digital badging, credential kit, and all material shipping costs. This fee does not include special local taxes, duties, and levies etc., which may be applicable in the receiver’s/ consignee’s/ applicant’s country. This fee may change without notice and does not include the training fee charged by training companies, universities, or institutions who offer exam-preparation training for TMI certification exams.

TMI is a standards and credentialing body and is not responsible for training delivery, and neither controls, nor is concerned with any aspect of training/ education. TMI does not govern, mandate, or control the training/ program fee charge for any TMI certification by any training company or education provider.

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Being a TMP™ – What does this mean?

TMP™ is for you if you are studying for a career in HR or have been working in HR or a similar practice for one to two years. It is a must have qualification and designation to demonstrate your readiness to begin working on Talent Management teams with some of the largest global organizations that exist.

Your TMP™ credential is the most credible asset to display your capabilities encompassing the globally tested TMI Universal Knowledge Framework (TMI-UKF™). It is proof that you exceed the standards of an average aspiring HR professional and exhibit knowledge and under-standing of all critical principles, theories, techniques, and tools currently practiced in Talent Management.

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Ideal for the Go-Getter…

Being a TMP™– Who Fits in Best?

All individuals credentialed with TMP or enrolled in the program have three things in common

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  • One They are one or two years into their HR careers or they are about to graduate from a TMI-recognized university/B-school and are ready to leave their mark in the HR profession.
  • Two They are extremely ambitious, hardworking, and results orientated; ready to take on the most challenging roles in Talent Management.
  • Three They are undoubtedly passionate about making a significant impact through their performance and accelerating their careers.

The Advantages

Opportunities for an Explosive and Honest Start

CHROs around the world increasingly appear to favor young HR professionals with proven competencies in Talent Management. Similarly, students with credible international qualifications in Talent Management are becoming the preferred choice for campus jobs in HR. A TMP™ credential moves you straight to the forefront of your next big career jump. No more waiting for raises and promotions! If you’re a student, TMP™ makes you a more attractive candidate to recruiters visiting the campus.

With the TMP™ title and the TMI registered logo that credentialed individuals get to accompany with their names, you can become part of an exclusive global community made up of the sharpest new minds in Talent Manage-ment. Not to mention the fact that the TMP™ credentialed community builds a lifelong relationship with TMI. Throughout their careers, TMI gives individuals the option to upgrade to STMP™ - the next level of Talent Manage-ment certification. TMI will certainly create a great deal of opportunity for self development and career improve-ment - including participation in global TMI forums and events - the Global Talent Management Summit included.

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The moment you decide you have to look at a bigger, globally coveted HR career, just click HERE! Get yourself a coffee and start filling out the form and within minutes, you’ll be done registering for what is the world’s most powerful qualification young and aspiring HR professionals can earn! It’s a quick and seamless pro-cess: you apply, you complete your TMP™ registration, and pay your fee online – all before you finish that coffee!

Remember, your registration for TMP™ will stay incomplete until you pay the full prescribed fee. Please use your credit or debit card to pay, or remit your fee via an electronic bank transfer. If you are paying for your company-sponsored employees, or for your institution-sponsored students, you can issue electronic checks or wire transfer the total applicable fee amount as invoiced. Please write to us at care@tmi.org for more details. Once registration for TMP™ is complete, we will ship the TMI Resource Box– the official Talent Management learning kit produced by TMI - to the registered address in our records.

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World’s Best Learning Resources on Talent Management

Unlike other certification bodies, TMI does not ask TMP™ registered individuals to purchase special exam prepara-tion material from any external organization. Instead, TMI provides these assets, complimentary, for TMP regis-trants in the TMP™ Resource Box. which includes printed and electronic resources.

The printed resource(s) include the TMI flagship publication - the 30-chapter Talent Management: The TMI Hand-book for Practitioners – the world’s first and only standards-aligned and most authoritative text on the science-and-art of Talent Management. It’s an enduring book for all HR and Talent Management professionals as well as the most important reading reference for preparing for TMP™ Certification exams.

The electronic resources include an e-Copy of the TMP™ Exam Preparation Guidelines and a copy of the TMI Talent Management Body of Knowledge provided to TMI Authorized Education Providers. Once you receive your TMP™ study and reference resources, you are completely set for commencing your journey to becoming a jet-setting HR professional, ready for the most sought after global employers. Start your preparation for your online-proctored TMP™ exam, which you can take almost anywhere – in the comfort of your home or office, after getting your computer and exam room TMI-verified and approved for the exam.

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Learning Resources

The Digitally Badged TMP™

The TMP™ is digitally badged instantaneously making it a global credential. You can easily share your TMI credential digitally and securely with current or prospective employers and they can easily verify your certification.

A digitally badged TMP™ creates a more credible online professional presence. You can conveniently showcase your well earned TMI credential as a high-visibility icon on web pages, your LinkedIn profile, social media platforms, and in your email signature. It is your most secure, reliable, and authentic token of your promise, potential, and capabilities for performing your Talent Management roles with excellence.

The TMP™ digital badge is a verifiable digital token of your TMP™ qualification and contains a secure digital link to the TMI cloud. Here, anyone you have granted access can validate the authenticity of your TMI credential.

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The Candidacy Tracks

Ways to Become a TMP™

The following table summarizes the specifics of what it takes to become a TMP™. There are SIX convenient tracks covering professionals from diverse backgrounds and experience to earn a TMP™!

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management/Business/ Management/ Related Disciplines

    Minimum Work Experience
    2 Years or more experience in any of the HR sub–functions

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Other disciplines

    Minimum Work Experience
    3 Years or more experience in any of the HR sub–functions

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed Master's Degree/ Master's Level Diploma in Human Resource Management/ Business/ Management/ Related Disciplines

    Minimum Work Experience
    Currently working in any of the HR sub-functions

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed Master's Degree/ Master's Level Diploma in Other disciplines

    Minimum Work Experience
    2 Years or more experience in any of the HR sub–functions

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Current & Past students of Master's Degree/ Master's Level Diploma in Human Resource Management/ Business/ Management/ Related disciplines from any of the TMI–recognized institutions

    Minimum Work Experience
    Experience not Mandatory

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should hold a Bachelor's degree and possess an active credential by CIPD, HRCI, ATD & other certification bodies whose credentials TMI may recognize as worthy of being included under QualiFLY™ program.

    Minimum Work Experience
    Currently working in any of the HR sub–functions

Getting the TMP™ - A Preview of the Certification Process

There are six distinct stages of your journey toward becoming a TMP™. Here's what these stages look like. For more details, login to your myTMI account.

The TMP™ Certification Process

  • 1 Check Eligibility Requirements-

    All TMI certifications mandate you to meet certain educational and work experience requirements to become eligible. The requirements for each TMI certification is unique, so before proceeding, check if you satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements for the TMP™ certification, you wish to apply for. It is recommended that you keep this information handy as it will be required while filling out your online application.

  • 2Fill Online Application +

    Once you have satisfied the TMP™ eligibility requirements, it is time to apply. Start the application process by creating your myTMI account. Before proceeding, check if you QualiFLY™ for the TMP™ Certification. QualiFLY™ essentially eases the minimum eligibility requirements and provides up-to 15% lower TMP™ fees, based on your education and work experience. Complete the TMP™ online application. Once you have submitted the online application and made a successful payment for the fee, you will immediately receive an email with instructions for the next step in the assessment process.

  • 3Validation +

    An internal check is conducted to validate your credentials against the prescribed candidacy prerequisites for earning the TMP™ Certification.

  • 4 TMP™ Certification Preparation Material +

    After receiving your payment confirmation, you will receive your TMP™ Certification Preparation Kit containing reading and learning material. This will be sent to the address used on your registration and delivery typically takes three to four weeks.

  • 5 Taking the TMP™ Certification Exam +

    TMI earmarks a 45-day immersion period for TMP™ registrants to help them orient completely and build their conceptual foundations in Talent Management. You can schedule your TMP™ exam anytime after the 45-days immersion period is over. In fact, you also get an additional 135-days to plan for and take your TMP™ exam.

  • 6Award +

    If you qualify the TMP™ certification exam and meet other conditions laid down by the TMI Professional Certifications Board (TPCB), you are recommended for the award of TMP™ Credential and the TMP™ Digital Badge is immediately issued to you. You can expect the shipment of the physical credential pack to reach you within three to four weeks from the date of the credential- award.

Talent Management Practitioner

TMP™ Exam

The TMI Professional Certifications Board (TPCB) mandates that individuals desirous of acquiring the TMP™ certifications will have to take and qualify computer–based exams. TMI Exams are computer–based tests timed for 120 minutes and delivered on the state-of-the-art ExamStrong™ exam platform around the world. If you are sponsored by your employer, or a funding body, or your university, your TMP™ exam can be held in an exclusive test-center specially approved by TMI for your sponsor-organization/ institution. Increasingly, however, individuals are choosing to take their exams in the private, real-time proctored mode. TMI also offers this flexibility to its examinees, who can take their exams at home or in their choice location, after getting their computer and exam-rooms duly verified and approved by ExamStrong™. All TMP™ registrants are able to plan and take their certification exam online across 183 countries.

Coverage of TMP Exam

Generally, the questions appearing in TMI exams aim to check and validate examinees' awareness and knowledge about the general frameworks of Talent Management, key practices and trends in 21st century Talent Management, and critical issues, challenges & opportunities in the discipline today. TMI exams – in keeping with the TMI frame-work TMI-UKF™ and the TMI Body of Knowledge – steer clear from Human Resources and stay focused on Talent Management. Examinees are expected to already be aware of Human Resources to be able to get recognition further for their readiness for 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 or scope of content and coverage of TMI exams is defined reasonably well by the TMI text prescribed for the TMP™ exam–takers – The Talent Management Handbook for Practitioners. More specifically, the following topics have been prescribed by the TMI Professional Certification Board in which the knowledge of examinees are tested:

Knowledge Dimensions Covered Total Questions
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 60

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.

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, elements, and issues as en-shrined in the TMI body of knowledge. TYPE A Questions would be 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/ checked.

Questions directly test the examinees' ability to APPLY and DEPLOY their awareness, understanding, and apprecia-tion of the concepts, principles, and techniques in real–life practice of Talent Management. The answers to TYPE B questions will reflect examinees' capacities for critical analysis, judgment, and objectivity in measuring and gauging Talent Management challenges scientifically and devising approaches, plans, and programs to resolve them with accountability and a higher degree of success and effectiveness. All TYPE B Questions also have four answer–choices and ONLY one of these four would be INCORRECT. The rest of the THREE of these ANSWERS would be principally correct, but they represent varying levels of suitability for the situation expressed in respective questions. 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 have to 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 exams aim at validating the registrants' potential and capacity to effectively perform a breadth of Talent Management roles and functions in complex, large organizations operating within a transnational business/ non–business 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 per-formance of the roles assigned to them. These exams are designed on standards derived from the TMI Standard-ized Knowledge Architecture for Practice Excellence. TMI-UKF™ is the capstone TMI framework on which the TMI Body of Knowledge has been fleshed out 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, techniques, tools, and generally accepted practices of Talent Management as laid out in TMI-UKF™. These exams expect that individu-als being assessed for their TMI Credentials read the material contained in the TMI Starter Kits and maintain famil-iarity with the latest in Talent Management theory and practice by reading journals and books; attending podcasts of experts; and participating in professional development programs and events.

Qualifying for the TMP Exam

Usually, a cumulative score of 65%-70% on TMP™ certification exam can be deemed qualification–worthy, how-ever, an examinee’s real, individual scores do not decide the recommendation for credential award. Instead, the final recommendations for the TMP™ award are given by the TPCB after considering the benchmarked scores. These scores are derived by scaling the actual scores of examinees on a particular exam section and contrasting their score against the entire pool of examinees in the same exam section. The TPCB certification award recom-mendation system works on the affirmative–action approach, ensuring that examinees across various exam re-gions do not suffer or gain because of the uncontrollable systemic or environmental elements.

Preparing for the TMP Exam

TMP™ is for the young HR professionals aspiring to break into the Talent Management space. Their capabilities to belong in this exclusive club must be validated rigorously by TMI. Therefore, it is critical that all TMP™ candidates focus on widening their perspective of Talent Management. While the TMI TMP™ Resource Box contains reading-books as well as guidelines on how to study for the TMP™ exam, no examinee should get the impression that stud-ying from these is sufficient for exams. Remember, Talent Management is an evolving discipline and will perhaps never become an exact enough science to contain all its completeness in one single textbook, or even in a few of them. Attempts to understand such disciplines through one book or a set of books restricts our understanding of them across all dimensions that they need to truly be understood. Indeed, TMI has evolved its landmark essential knowledge model in what is the world’s largest and most extensive project on defining knowledge essentials for excellence in Talent Management. However, because of the enormous and growing breadth that Talent Management covers, it is impossible to prescribe a single, whole exam reference resource, source, text, or reference. As the world’s foremost standards and credentialing body in Talent Management, TMI shoulders the onerous responsibility of covering the entire landscape of contemporary Talent Management, and everything else that may be connected to it. Only then can TMI claim it has assessed and validated individuals across all areas that impact or have the potential of impacting their professional capabilities for practicing Talent Management.

To ensure that all TMP™ registrants groom themselves into the best of young international professionals, TMI advises they read extensively on the subject from as many sources as possible. For external resources and modes you can use to expand your understanding of Talent Management and 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.

While TMI TMP™ examinees are clearly advised to use the official TMI publication – The TMI Practitioners’ Handbook on Talent Management– as the master reference for preparing for their exams, the handbook is in no way assumed to prepare an examinee completely for the TMP™ examination. Although a sizable number of questions in a typical TMP™ exam are certainly drawn from content which is available in the Handbook, the rest of the questions in the exam are drawn from content from other sources. The topics of all exam questions are covered in the handbook, but their treatment is not extended or detailed enough to offer the necessary depth. TMI therefore strongly advises all examinees to tap 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 connecting better with business, management, and society at large.

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The TMP Credential Case

Credential Case

The credential pack is another sound motivation for the bright and talented to work a tad harder to qualify the TMI Certification exam sooner! The prized TMP™ Credential comes cased in a designer folder-box. Tucked neatly in-side is a smart TMP™ designation lapel pin. A TMI Code of Ethics booklet completes the TMP™ Credential pack – something to treasure for life.


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