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Talent Management Practitioner

Talent Management isn’t just the shiniest new piece of 21st century HRM. It’s also the most critical mission now 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 best starter-qualification not just for breaking into Talent Management, but even to thrive in the human resource profession – whether you are a young HR professional, or you are graduating out of a university with a major in HR. While growth in traditionally-modelled HR is plateauing, the best jobs in HR increasingly demand proven knowledge of Talent Management. TMP™ makes you an attractive hire for a vast majority of HR recruiters today around the world.

The TMP™ Credential is designed as a rich, top–up qualification for individuals graduating with major in HR or related disciplines from premier universities, business schools, and HR Institutions. TMP™ acts as a super-major for you, really! Your HR degree alone may not be enough to get you a great job after you graduate. A Talent Management Qualification is a must. TMP™ helps you start off your career in the high–paying Talent Management function – with the best of the jobs in HR today, and when on your resume, TMP™ adds big to your attractiveness. That's why world over, MBAs and HR professionals with majors like HRM, Industrial Psychology, Personnel Management, and Labor Relations, and who intend to make it big in Talent Management, 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, covering the TMP™ certification exam; the TMI Resource Box (the TMI Learning Kit); digital badging, credential-kit and all material shipping costs, and excludes special local taxes, duties and levies etc., if 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 or universities or institutions who offer exam-preparation training for TMI certification exams. TMI is a standards and credentialing body and has no role to play in training delivery, and neither controls, nor is concerned with any aspect of training/ education. TMI does not govern or mandate or control the training fee/ program fee charged for any TMI certification program by any training company or education provider.

Start-off by Being Among the World’s Best!

Being a TMP™ – What does this mean?

TMP™ is for you if you have been working in HR or in any connected function for a year or so - or you are studying for a career in HR. It’s a must-have qualification and designation for you to demonstrate your readiness for working in Talent Management teams in the largest and most global of organizational systems that they have today.

Your TMP™ credential makes the most credible statement about the fact that you have been scrutinized for your capabilities most rigorously on the globally tested TMI Universal Knowledge Framework (TMI-UKF™), and that, you meet the standards yet unequalled by the average young aspiring HR professional. The TMP™ designation is a powerful proof of your understanding and knowledge 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?

Individuals credentialed with TMP™ or those enrolled in the program have three things in common – wherever in the world they may be in.

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  • One they are already a year or two into their HR careers, or they are about to graduate from a TMI-recognized university/ B-school, all set to make a mark in the HR profession
  • Two they are all extremely ambitious, hardworking, and achievement-conscious; bracing up for the most challenging roles in Talent Management
  • Three without exception, they are passionate about making significant impact through their performance and accelerate their career growth.

The Advantages

Opportunities for Starting-off Right and Explosive

Increasingly, CHROs around the world appear to be favoring only young HR professionals with proven competencies in Talent Management for higher, better roles. Similarly, students with credible, international qualifications in Talent Management are becoming the preferred choice for campus jobs in HR. TMP™ drives home this first big advantage: moving you up straight to the forefront of the next big career jump. No more waiting for raises and promotions; or if you’re still a student, making you attractive for the cream of the recruiters visiting your campus. The TMP™ title, along with the TMI registered logo that credentialed individuals get to sport along with their names makes them a part of the exclusive global community of the sharpest new minds in Talent Management. To add, you just cannot ignore the fact that the TMP™ credentialed community builds a lifetime relationship with TMI. Throughout their careers, even as they grow, TMI gives them option to upgrade to STMP™- the next level of Talent Management certification – Indeed, there will be a massive array of opportunity for self-development and career improvement coming your way from TMI – including participating in global TMI forums and events – the Global Talent Management Summit included.

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Register 24X7. Online.

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 the young and aspiring HR professional of today can earn! It’s a quick and seamless process: 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 till you pay the full prescribed fee. Please use your credit or debit card to pay, or remit your fee via the 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 a registration for TMP™ is complete, we instruct for shipping 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 neither provides any special exam preparation material, nor asks individuals registered for TMP Certification to purchase any such text or kits from any external organization. Instead, TMI provides complimentary to all TMP registrants, exclusive reading and study material and resources on TMI standards and Talent Management theory and practice in printed and electronic forms. The TMP Resource Box includes printed resource(s) - the TMI flagship publication – the 30-chapter Talent Management: The TMI Handbook for Practitioners – the world’s first and the only standards-aligned and the most authoritative text on the science-and-art of Talent Management ever. It’s a book for life for all HR and Talent Management professionals, and also 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 you may be – 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™ becomes a global credential at once also because it is digitally badged now! Which means you can easily share your TMI credential digitally and securely with your current and prospective employers and colleagues, and they can verify it ever so easily, too.

A digitally-badged TMP™ adds that strong dash of credibility to your online professional presence. You can conveniently showcase your well-earned TMI credential as a high-visiblity icon on web-pages; on your LinkedIn profile; on social media platforms and in your email signatures. It's 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 containing within it a secure digital link to the TMI cloud, where the bonafides and authenticity of your TMI credential can be validated instantly by those who you have allowed to.

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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 Diplomain 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 up 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 TMP™ Certification. QualiFLY™ essentially relaxes the minimum eligibility requirements and provides up-to 15% lower TMP™ fees, based on your education and work experience. Complete the TMP™ online application form. Once you have submitted the online application and made a successful payment of the fee, you will immediately receive an acknowledgement response 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 +

    Post your payment confirmation, you will receive your unit of the TMP™ Certification Preparation Kit containing reading and learning material at the address you have registered with us. Normal delivery timeframe is 3-4 weeks.

  • 5 Taking the TMP™ Certification Exam +

    TMI earmarks a 90-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 90-days immersion period is over. In fact, you also get an additional 180-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 machines 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

Broadly, the questions appearing in TMI exams purport 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 framework TMI-UKF and the TMI Body of Knowledge – steer clear from Human Resource Management, and stay focused on Talent Management. Examinees are expected to be already aware of Human Resource Management 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
Includes questions from 5 mandatory knowledge dimensions covering aspects like management, business, & Talent Management imperatives in the 21st century; the Talent Management ecosystem and talent‐need analysis and talent competence assessment frameworks for organizations
PART B: Elements of Strategy & Leadership in Talent Management
Includes questions from 10 mandatory knowledge dimensions covering aspects like Strategic Talent Management; building competitive advantage through integrated Talent Management; sustainable talent development; talent pipeline building; executive onboarding; identifying and assessing high-potential talent; developing leadership talent; and managing leadership talent pools
PART C: Critical Focus Areas of Talent Management Practice
Includes questions from 8 mandatory knowledge dimensions sweeping across areas like Talent engagement; building functional expertise; managing and measuring Talent Management effectiveness; global Talent Management; talent supplies in global organizations; succession planning; performance management and technology deployment in Talent Management
PART D: International Talent Management Experiences & Insights
Includes insights, experiences and cases 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. Also covers CHRO perspectives on Talent Management as well as perspectives on critical research issues & the future of Talent Management practice
Total Number Of Questions 60

Structure & Nature of a Typical TMP Exam

A typical TMP exam test–paper includes 60 questions – a mix of TWO types.

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 enshrined in the TMI body of knowledge. TYPE A Questions would be facts–based with 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 appreciation 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, judgement, and objectivity in measuring and gauging Talent Management challenges scientifically and devising approaches, plans and programs to resolving them with accountability and higher degree of success and effectiveness. TYPE B Questions also would all 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 performance of the roles assigned to them. These exams are designed on standards derived from the TMI Standardized 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 boned out in TMI-UKF. These exams expect that individuals being assessed for their TMI Credentials not only read the material contained in the TMI Starter Kits, but also constantly maintain familiarity 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 the TMP Exam

Usually, a score of 65%-70% on the aggregate in a TMP certification exam can be safely deemed to be eminently qualification–worthy, yet, practically an examinee’s actual, individual scores do not decide the recommendation for credential award. Instead, the final recommendations for the TMP award are actually given by the TPCB after considering the benchmarked scores – which are derived by scaling the actual scores of examinees of a particular exam event by a factor denoting the variances of scores obtained by the entire universe of examinees in the same exam event. The TPCB certification award recommendation system works on the affirmative–action approach, ensuring that examinees across various exam regions do not suffer or gain because of the uncontrollable systemic or environment elements.

Preparing for the TMP Exam

TMP is for the young HR professionals aspiring to break into the hallowed Talent Management space. Their capabilities to belong in this exclusive club have to be validated rigorously by TMI. It is critical, therefore, for all TMP aspirants to 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 studying from these is complete or sufficient for exams. It should be remembered that Talent Management is an evolving discipline, and will perhaps never become an exact enough science to be contained in all its completeness in one single textbook, or even in a few of them. Attempts to try and understand such disciplines through one book or a set of books is clearly fraught with the danger of restricting our understanding them across all the dimensions that they need to be truly understood along. Indeed, TMI has evolved its landmark essential knowledge model in what is the world’s largest and most extensive ever project on defining knowledge essentials for excellence in Talent Management. Yet, as said earlier, simply because of the enormous and growing breadth that Talent Management covers, it is impossible to prescribe a single, omnibus exam reference resource, source, text, or reference etc., for preparing for TMI certification exams. 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, for 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.

Hence, to ensure that all TMP registrants groom themselves into the best of young international professionals, TMI advises them to read extensively on the subject from as many sources as possible. Please do refer to the TMI Exam Preparation Guidelines available for download under the TMI resources tab of your myTMI account, to know some of the important external resources and modes you can use to expand your understanding of Talent Management, as well as prepare better for your TMP examination. 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 in no way can be assumed to prepare an examinee completely for the TMP examination. Though, 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. Indeed, though the topics of all exam questions are covered in the handbook, their treatment is not extended or detailed enough to provide the necessary depth. TMI therefore strongly advises all examinees to tap other online and offline resources to brush up their concepts and awareness about not only how Talent Management impacts business and HRM, but also how HRM 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 classy credential pack should just be 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 inside neatly also 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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