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HPass is a new initiative focusing on professional development in the humanitarian sector. It is an online platform for humanitarian staff and volunteers, learning and assessment providers and employers. 

HPass responds to the need for consistent professional development and learning for humanitarians, who move frequently between organisations and locations, and need their skills and experience to be recognised in order to be deployed quickly, especially during emergency response. 

The two key services currently offered through the HPass online platform are digital badges and quality standards. 

  • Digital badges enable recognition of skills, courses, achievements, competencies and frontline experience through professionally verified digital badges. HPass offers humanitarian employers and learning providers the ability to create and issue digital badges in recognition of staff and learners’ achievements. It offers humanitarians the ability to showcase their experience and expertise via and online profile on HPass. 

  • Quality standards support learning providers and humanitarian organisations to delivery high-quality learning and benchmark their services against sector approved quality standards. The HPass Quality Standards were developed over two years in consultation with 400 organisations worldwide, and are available in three languages. The standards can be downloaded and used by anybody to support improved practice in their organisations. Organisations can also access tailored support to use the standards or apply for an external quality review in order to achieve HPass Certified status. 

HPass is a collaborative initiative overseen by a steering committee of eight organisations: BioforceThe Chartered Institute of Logistics and TransportHumanitarian Leadership AcademyHumanitarian Logistics AssociationThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesPearsonInternational Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and RedR UK. It is hosted by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy on behalf of the wider group. 

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Download our HPass leaflet which describes our products and services and how these support professional development for humanitarians and their organisations.