How to apply

All applications for certification must be supported by the applicant’s organisation

If you are considering making an application, you should check with your organisation whether it will support you. Applicants for certification are responsible for compiling their own portfolio of supporting evidence (or obtaining permission to use a portfolio that has previously been used for an internal credentialling process) but will need the written endorsement of their organisation to proceed with the certification process.


Certified practitioners need to assemble a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that they meet the relevant professional standard. This will include evidence of qualifications and experience, with particular reference to the capabilities that relate to the certified role in question. References from other senior practitioners are also required to confirm the applicant’s suitability to be credentialled.

If you wish to apply for a Certified practitioner roles, please contact us at for more information about the process and for the specific application form.

Once you have submitted your application form, it will be reviewed to ensure it contains all information required. If you are not from an AFAC member agency, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee.

Applicants for certified status will be interviewed by a panel made up of existing certified practitioners, at least one of whom will be a member of the EMPS Panel. The interview will seek to test the applicant’s capabilities, as described in their portfolio of evidence, against the professional standard applicable to the role.

Certification is not automatic and candidates who do not, in the interview panel’s opinion, yet meet the necessary criteria will be advised of how they can build on their current experience to renew their application successfully in the future.

Other requirements

Applicants for certification agree to: