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Professional Career Certificates Support Program

In order to be eligible for the Professional Certificates Support Program, you must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • Any Saudi citizen, whether working for the government sector, the private sector, or a job seeker, has the right to gain a professional career certificate.
  • The certificate must be approved and registered in the (HRDF) website and it should have been gained after the certificate is accredited by HRDF in the program.
  • The applicant should admit that the entity which he/she works for has not paid the costs of the certificate.
  • HRDF pays the costs subsidy for only two certificates as maximum for the Individual.
  • The certificate gained by the applicant should be valid and unexpired.
  •  The date of obtaining the certificate must be less than six months.
  • The evaluation eligibilty period is 40 days from the program application date and the payement will be after 40 days from application program date if the whole requirements are fulfilled.
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In case of not fulfillment the request on the mentioned period, please contact us via Contact Us Form.

  1. Any Saudi citizen, whether working for the government sector, the private sector, or a job seeker, has the right to gain a professional career certificate.
  2. The certificate must be approved and registered in the (HRDF) website and it should have been gained after the program launching date.
  3. The applicant should admit that the entity which he/she works for has not paid the costs of the certificate.
  4. The HRDF pays the costs subsidy of only two certificates as maximum per capita.
  5. The certificate gained by the applicant should be valid and unexpired.

Certified Marketing Management Professional (CMMP)

An internationally-recognized certification gives its holders deep knowledge in the marketing field. It equips them with necessary skills and competency in the field, which is provided by the International institute of Marketing Professionals (IIMP).

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  938 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 5,682

CMMP has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

Certificate of IT Skills (CIT)

Practitioners can obtain a locally and internationally-recognized CIT from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as it allows them to become certified professionals in IT and learn about basic computer skills.

For more information, please visit the website. Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,200 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 1,300

CIT has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

Accredited Real Estate Valuer

The certificate which is internationally recognized by the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) allows its holders to pursue most prestigious jobs in real property appraisal and valuation of capital reserve and assets.
Conditions and Requirements:
1. Earn at least 2,000 hours of work experience in the category of real estate appraisal which is approved by the Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (TAQEEM).
2. Pass the interview.
3. Pass additional TAQEEM exams.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  13,000 SR                    

Accredited Real Estate Valuer has been included in the Professional Certification Program since July 2017.

Accredited Business Valuer

A certificate which is approved by the Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (TAQEEM) allows its holders to pursue career in calculating the value of businesses and to appraise assets of commercial facilities, rights and commitments.
Conditions and Requirements:
1. Earn at least 1,500 hours of work experience in the category of business evaluation which is approved by the Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (TAQEEM). It must be within five years from the membership date.
2. Pass additional TAQEEM exams.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  18,000 SR     

Accredited Business Valuer has been included in the Professional Certification Program since July 2017.

Accredited Vehicle Damage Valuer

Accredited Vehicle Damage Value is a locally-recognized certification from the Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (TAQEEM). It allows its holders to assess damage on vehicles and determine the value of obsolete/replacement parts due to car accidents.
Conditions and Requirements:
1. Earn at least 1,000 hours of work experience in the category of business evaluation which is approved by the Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (TAQEEM). It must be within five years from the membership date.
2. Pass additional TAQEEM exams.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  6,000 SR  

Accredited Vehicle Damage Valuer has been included in the Professional Certification Program since July 2017.

The Certificate of Internal Auditor (CIA)

The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a certification offered to accountants who have qualifications in internal auditing in order to excel in their career, which is given by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in the U.S.
Conditions and Requirements:
1. A college degree in accounting.
2. A one-year experience in internal auditing, quality, internal control or any related discipline. If applicant holds a master’s degree, it will be counted as two years of experience.
3. Pass the exam.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  4,643 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 3,357

CIA has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)


Cisco Certificate provides knowledge in networking, and allows the holders of certificates to install, setup, operate and maintain router and medium-sized switches. The highly-demanded certificate offers know-how on wires installation in remote locations or on a wide area network (WAN).
Conditions and Requirements:

1. Hold related experience and skills.
2. Pass the exam.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,245 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 6,500 SR

CCNA has been included in the Professional Certification Program since March 2019.

SOCPA Membership Certificate


It assesses capabilities of those who seek to earn the certificate from the Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SCOPA), test their theoretical and practical knowledge and make sure that they bear responsibility towards accounting as a profession. Conditions and Requirements:

1. Graduates with non-college degrees in accounting must comply with requirements defined by the committee.
2. Pass exams in accounting, auditing, Zakat and tax, Islamic jurisdiction (al-Fiqh) and Islamic Commercial Law.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  20,000 SR    

SCOPA Membership Certificate has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - 3rd Level (foundation) (CIPD)

A certificate in the HR field is offered by the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Conditions and Requirements:
1. Proficient in the English language.
2. Work experience in HR.
3. Complete all modules in order to earn the certificate.
4. Attend all training sessions. If the applicant fails to attend one session during a week, s/he will be required to repeat all sessions of that week.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  10,000 SR       

CIPD 3rd level has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

 

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - 5th Level (CIPD)

A certificate in the HR field is offered by the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Conditions and Requirements:

1. Proficient in the English language.
2. Work experience in HR.
3. Complete all modules in order to earn the certificate.
4. Attend all training sessions. If the applicant fails to attend one session during a week, s/he will be required to repeat all sessions of that week.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  12,000 SR   

CIPD- 5th level has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate (MOS)

The world-class certificate allows its holders to earn knowledge, skills and competency needed to utilize Microsoft Office Programs and to benefit from all features of the programs.


Conditions and Requirements:
1. Related experience and skills.
2. Pass the exam.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  460 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 2,990 SR

MOS Certificate has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

Microsoft Certified Professional Certification (MCP)

MCP provides its certified professionals to be excellent in operating on any of the Microsoft products. It does include the technical or preparatory training courses. This is one of the highly-recognized certificate provided the Microsoft company.

Conditions and Requirements:

1. Pass one exam of any Microsoft product examinations that assesses the technical skills and competency of the applicant.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  640 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 2,810 SR

MCP Certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016.

Project Management Professional Certification (PMP)

An internationally-recognized certification given the Project Management Institute (PMI) gives its holders proven knowledge in project management and skills to lead projects to success.

Conditions and Requirements:

- For secondary school certificate holders:
1. Complete 7,500 experience hours in project management (equivalent to 60 months).
2. Complete 35 contact hours in project management.


- For bachelors’ degree holders:
1. Complete 4,500 experience hours in project management (equivalent to 36 months).
2. Complete 35 contact hours in project management.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  2,100 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 2,000 SR

PMP has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016

Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)

An internationally-recognized certification provides its holders deep knowledge and competency as well as sharpening their skills in HR. SHRM allows them to assume prestigious roles at entities.

Conditions and Requirements:

1- Related experience. The applicant is not required to assume HR roles, but they should carry out responsibilities in the field.
2- A work experience of not less than 1,000 hours.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,500 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 3,300 SR

 

The certificate has been included in the Professional Certification Program since May 2016

 

Certified Energy Manager CEM

The certified energy manager is the responsible person to optimize the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant. CEM is a systems integrator for electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure, analyzing the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective approach. CEM’s are often team leaders and help to develop and implement their organizations’ energy management strategies. Also, CEM’s have gained increased recognition within the energy industry and by companies looking to strengthen their competitive position by having a CEM on staff.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam and Training Expenses Claim:  6,875 SR

CEM Certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since March 2019

Certified Energy Auditor CEA

The Certified Energy Auditor is an individual who evaluates and analyzes how energy is being used in a facility, identifies energy conservation opportunities and makes recommendations where consumption can be reduced or optimized.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam and Training Expenses Claim:  6,175 SR

CEA has been included in the Professional Certification Program since March 2019

 

Certified Measurement and Verification Professional CMVP

The Association of Energy Engineers, in cooperation with the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), has established the Certified Measurement and Verification Professional program with the dual purpose of recognizing the most qualified professionals in this growing area of the energy industry, and raising the overall professional standards within the measurement and verification field.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam and Training Expenses Claim:  5,475 SR

CMVP has been included in the Professional Certification Program since March 2019

 

CILT International Introductory Certificate in Logistics and Transport

The CILT International Introductory Certificate in Logistics and Transport aims to provide soft skills and foundation for those who want to join different areas of logistics and supply chain and to adopt best practices in the field.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam and Training Expenses Claim:  8,750 SR

 

The certificate has been included in the Professional Certification Program since March 2019

 

CILT International Certificate in Logistics and Transport

The CILT International Certificate in Logistics and Transport aims to enable senior managers and practitioners to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in logistics activities, supply chain and different operations.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam and Training Expenses Claim:  8,400 SR

The certificate has been included in the Professional Certification Program since March 2019

CFA Chartered Financial Analyst

The CFA Chartered Financial Analyst is an internationally-recognized certificate to assess financial analysts and integrate their knowledge. It was designed by the American-based CFA Institute, and the CFA exam was first administered in 1963. Ever since, the certification has been well-renowned among the financial community at a world level, and it will provide its holders with deep knowledge and soft skills in the financial and investment fields. The Certification allows practitioners to carry out investment analysis and portfolio management and evaluate the value of business and assets. In addition, CFA charter holders are highly recruited by large business companies and investors due to their strong qualification.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  15,500 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 15,900

CFA Chartered Financial Analyst has been included in the Professional Certification Program since August 2019

CCNP Cisco Certified Network Professional

The CCNP certified network professional is the highest level of Cisco certificates that allows the holders of certificates to reach excellency in dealing with Cisco networking in the work environment. Cisco Systems, Inc. is the most popular company in the fields of developing, manufacturing and sales of networking devices and communications.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,300 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 6,000

CCNP has been included in the Professional Certification Program since August 2019

APTD Associate professional in talent development

The APTD Associate professional in talent development is a certification for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or focus on training, designing education and learning technologies. It allows them to build their own knowledge in the field.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  2,500 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 8,000

APTD Associate Professional in Talent Development has been included in the Professional Certification Program since August 2019

CPLP Certified Professional in Learning and Performance

The CPLP Certified Professional in Learning and Performance is a credential for training and development practitioners offered by ATD Certification Institute. It is a broad-based certification and addresses ten areas of expertise as defined by the ATD Competency Model.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  3,500 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 8,000

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since August 2019

Associate Professional in Human Resources International (aPHRi) (HRCI)

The Associate Professional in Human Resources International (aPHRi) is the perfect certification to advance practitioners’ career and provide them with the confidence to launch into the HR profession. To earn aPHRi, the applicant must have at least a secondary school certificate, and no previous work experience is required in the HR because the certification is based on obtaining knowledge.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,500 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 4,000

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since August 2019

The Professional in Human Resources – International (PHRi) (HRCI)

The Professional in Human Resources International (PHRi) is an international competency-based credential that is designed to validate professional-level core HR knowledge and skills. The credential demonstrates mastery of generally-accepted technical and operational HR principles.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,900 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 5,500

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since August 2019

CFE Certified Fraud Examiner

The CFE Certified Fraud Examiner is an internationally-recognized certification that makes its holders specialist in the prevention, detection, deterrence of fraud and financial audit. It aims to protect global economy through exposing financial scams and curbing illegal exploitation cases. In addition, the certification allows those in the financial auditing field to advance their career and earn professional credentials and fraud-related experience. Also, CEF certified fraud examiners become expert in offering services as an internal auditor, investigator at public persecutions or a lawyer.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,500 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 8,650

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since August 2019

CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+ certified professionals provide standard skills for computer maintenance, such as the ability to install operating systems and software, maintenance of hardware, knowledge of network principles, information security and customer service.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  825 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 9,360

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since January 2020

ORACLE APEX

ORACLE APEX holders can develop database applications in the APEX environment in order to utilize contents, such as vital procedures and attachments and to benefit from the Development Team who leads the application during the download stages. In addition, it allows its holders to learn about schedule assignment administration and components of databases and how to manage an integrated unit of Oracle applications.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  920 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 7,700

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since January 2020

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+

The CompTIA Cloud Computing certification focuses on the fundamentals and principles of solutions of cloud computing process in the IT field.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  450 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 5,610

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since January 2020

CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+)

The CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) certification is for instructors who want to verify they have attained a standard of excellence in the technical training field.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,275 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 11,230

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since January 2020

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert CCIE

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert is one of the top technical networking certificates that Cisco offers. Those who hold it can offer different solutions for networks, and the certification makes them highly-professional and experienced technicians. By obtaining it, wireless network engineers, network security engineers and acoustics engineers are considered professionals in the fields of dealing with transmission devices, routers and different Cisco networks.

Maximum Compensation for Certification:

Exam Fees Claim:  1,700 SR                     Training Expenses Claim: 8,000

The certification has been included in the Professional Certification Program since January 2020

What is the Professional Certification Support Program?

It is a program provided by the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) to encourage and motivate the national workforce, business organizations and job seekers to obtain professional certificates to develop their skills and expertise in the specialized fields required in the labor market.

What is the benefit of a professional certificate?

A professional certificate is an approved means of indicating the level of the individual and his/her professional skills in the labor market, in order to make decisions of selection, recruitment, promotion and career future development, in addition to developing his/her skills and expertise in the specialized fields required in the labor market.

Can anyone get compensation for earning a professional certificate?

Compensation will be provided to any Saudi citizen who is keen to develop his/her skills and who has a professional certificate, whether employed by the government or private sector or job seekerafter the certificate is accredited by HRDF in the program.

What are the conditions for obtaining compensation for costs of earning professional certification?

  1. The compensation eligible person must be a Saudi citizen, whether employed in the public or private sector or a job seeker.
  2. The certificate must be approved and registered on HRDF's website and shall be obtained after the certificate is accredited by HRDF in the program.
  3. The applicant shall certify that his/her employer has not paid the costs of the certificate obtained.
  4. The maximum number of certificates that can be supported by HRDF is only two.
  5. The certificate obtained by the applicant must be valid and not expired.
  6. Registration in the Professional Certificate Support Program does not affect the individual's eligibility to benefit from other HRDF's programs

How many certificates which their costs will be paid to the beneficiary?

The maximum number of certificates that can be supported by HRDF is only two.

How is the beneficiary compensated?

HRDF compensates the beneficiary financially through depositing the costs directly into his or her account through the IBAN number listed on Taqat.

How long does it take me to get the compensation?

Approval process goes through stages of verification and the reimbursement amount is paid once that completed.

Shall the costs of any professional certification be compensated?

Compensation shall be made if the beneficiary has obtained one of the certificates approved by HRDF and the obtainment of that certificate must be after the certificate is accredited by HRDF in the program.

Do I get paid for a professional certificate that I have obtained earlier?

The beneficiary will only be compensated for the certificates obtained after the certificate is accredited by HRDF in the program.

Shall I be compensated in the event of obtaining a professional certificate without a training certificate?

Yes, compensation is made for professional certification without requiring prior training.

What are the certificates approved by HRDF?

You can learn about the latest approved certifications by:

  1. Visiting the program page on the HRDF portal.
  2. Visiting the Professional Certificate Support page in Taqat.

Is the approved certificate list fixed or changeable?

 The list is subject to change in the future depending on the needs of the labor market.

What if the cost of the certificate is higher than that determined by HRDF?

Compensation is at a fixed cost for each professional certificate.

Regarding the cost of the training certificate, the beneficiary will be compensated with the same amount paid by him/her on condition that it shouldn't exceed the amount determined by HRDF, provided that the payment receipt is attached.

Illustrative Example:

If the value of the training certificate paid by the applicant is SR 2000, and the maximum value of the compensation is SR 3000 = the compensation given to the applicant shall be SR2000.

Another Illustrative example:

If the value of the training certificate paid by the applicant is SR 5000, and the maximum value of the compensation is SR3000 = the compensation for the applicant will be SR 3, 000.

With the exception to (SOCPA Membership Certificate), where the holder of this certificate will be compensated with a fixed value upon the completion of each course or comprehensive compensation for successfully passing all courses.

I have obtained (SOCPA Membership Certificate) and I want to be compensated for its cost. Where can I apply? Can I apply for the fellowship certificate or the sub-certificates?

If you are a fellowship holder and wish you to receive compensation, you can apply for a fellowship certificate and upload the certificate as a proof.

But if you wish to receive partial compensation after successfully passing one of the fellowship's subjects, then the compensation shall not be paid because it is paid only for the fellowship certificate.

How can I get compensation for the costs of a professional certification?

You can register in Taqat and raise a reimbursement request.

Does benefiting from this program affect the eligibility of the beneficiary to benefit from the other support programs?

Benefitting from this program does not affect the eligibility of the beneficiary to benefit from other support programs provided by HRDF.

Are there any requirements to validate the certificate?

Yes, there is a written acknowledgement form for approval of the verification requested from the verification body, and it shall be attached with the certificate at the time of upload.

How can I submit complaint if the professional certificate reimbursement request is rejected?

you can raise complaint by a accessing the request page and click on the complaint button at the and of at the request

I would like to challenge the result of a rejected and closed request!

If the client has verified that the reason for the rejection is incorrect, he/she may challenge the decision by submitting a ticket to the Customer Service Center.

What if challenging required attaching additional documents?

  1. If you are challenging the result of a support request, the ticket shall be submitted on the same request page.
  2. If you are challenging the outcome of a previous challenging ticket, the ticket shall be submitted to the Customer Service Center, and if any additional documents are needed, they should be sent the program e-mail (Prof.certificate @ hrdf.org.sa) 

what is the period would be given to me to correct my application if my request is returned?

Once request is returned to the applicant, applicant will have 30 days to correct/ provide additional documents, otherwise the request will be closed.

I can't upload the certificate on the system?

Please make sure that the size of the certificate does not exceed 5 MB, and when you face any other problem while you are sure that all the conditions are met, please contact the representatives of the Call Center for customer service (920020301).

I have already been paid from HRDF for a Cambridge certificate , can I get paid again for another certificate which is CIT ?

 Cambridge certificate holders cannot benefit from CIT certification because the CIT certificate is an alternative to the Cambridge certificate