About SR Asia Global Certification Program

About Certification




SR Asia Global Certification Program (Certification Program) is designated for individuals who want to enhance their expertise, knowledge, and skills in sustainability report (SR) and integrated report (IR) drafting or assurance. The main objective of the Program is to facilitate capacity building for the individuals, as well as to create opportunities for experts obtaining their professional credentials as a report writer or assuror. 
The Certification Program consists of Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional (CISP) and Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Assuror (CISA). In the Program, participants experience different learning approaches and methodologies, including webinar/online class, group discussion, exercise, and a reporting project. To obtain the certification, participants must pass several exams. For non-experienced participants, SR Asia provides preparation training covering a number of topics relevant and significant to build capacities of the participants. Experienced writers can directly enroll in the examination. After passing the exams, certified writers and assurors can have their own accounts in SR Asia Great, to differentiate them from those of other report writers and assurors.
Initiated first in Indonesia, the SR Asia Global Certification Program is organized by Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia) in collaboration with the Atma Jaya Catholic University.

Benefits

Upon completing the SR Asia Global Certification Program, participants are expected to have the following benefits:
  1. Understanding sustainability, social responsibility, sustainable development, and other sustainability-related issues.
  2. Better perception and analytical skills in the sustainability context of a company or an organization.
  3. Higher knowledge and skills in communicating sustainability performance of a company or an organization.
  4. Gaining a professional credential from the SR Asia Global Certification Program as an international initiative.
  5. Differentiation among other professionals or consultants because the SR Asia Global Certification Program offers practical learnings, including in using SR Asia Great assurance tool.
  6. Ability to learn and engage with different sustainability and integrated reporting principles, standards, and regulations.
  7. Increasing self-confidence as a professional writer or assuror.

Professionals who have passed the exams and obtained the certification are expected to have competencies in the following areas:
Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional (CISP)

1.        Identifying sustainability context of reporting organization

2.        Analyzing sustainability report (SR) or Integrated Report (IR) data and information

3.        Developing an SR/IR concept and outline

4.        Developing and writing SR/IR content

5.     Promoting and consulting SR/IR content development


Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)

1.        Developing SR/IR assurance plan

2.        Analyzing SR/IR content

3.        Managing and analyze SR/IR evidence documents

4.        Utilizing SR Asia GREAT assurance platform

5.        Developing conclusions and recommendations

6.        Writing an Independent Assurance Statement

7.        Writing a Management Letter

8.        Promoting and consulting about SR/IR assurance

Core Competency

Training subjects of the SR Asia Global Certification Program are designed to enhance the following core competencies:
Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professionals (CISP)
1.        Understanding sustainable development and sustainability concept and principles, and also some globally-recognized standard
2.        Understanding the concept and principles of SR/IR
3.        Understanding the various approach of sustainability or integrated reporting
4.        Understanding the roles and ethics of an SR/IR report writer
5.        Understanding the basic concept of corporate communication and graphic design
6.        Understanding challenges in SR/IR translation
7.        Possessing knowledge and skills to develop SR/IR concept and outline; including identifying sustainability context, material topics, reporting boundary, key stakeholders, organization values, and performance disclosures.
8.        Possessing knowledge and skills to write an SR/IR based on globally accepted report-writing standard
9.        Possessing knowledge and skills to present and guide the clients about SR/IR development strategy.
 
Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)
1.        Understanding the concept and process of assurance
2.        Understanding the roles and ethics of an SR/IR assuror
3.        Having knowledge and skills to develop an assurance plan
4.        Having knowledge and skills to analyze SR/IR content; including data in tables and graphs
5.        Possessing knowledge and skills to analyze and manage evidence documents
6.        Possessing knowledge and skills to utilize SR Asia GREAT assurance tool
7.        Possessing knowledge and skills to generate recommendations for improvements based on initial SR/IR assessment
8.        Possessing knowledge and skills to develop conclusions and recommendations
9.        Possessing knowledge and skills to develop and drafting an independent assurance statement and management letter, based on commonly accepted report-writing standard
10.     Possessing knowledge and skills to present and guide the clients about SR/IR development strategy
 

Preparation Training Subjects

The preparation training of Level 1 CISP and Level 2 CISA are each comprised of 20 credits. One credit has the duration of 150 minutes (2 sessions).

Non-experienced participants are expected to accomplish the following subjects (20 credits) for each level of certification:

Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional (CISP)

Core Subjects - Level 1 Certified Writer
Cr.
Introduction to Sustainability and Sustainable Development
1
GCG and Regulatory Aspects of Corporate Reporting
1
Introduction to Corporate Communication
1
Introduction to Graphic Design
1
Challenges in SR/IR Translation
1
Ethical Aspect of SR/IR Writing
1
SR/IR Concept, Principles, and Approach
2
Define Materiality, Key Stakeholders, Values, & Boundaries
2
GRI Standards Disclosures
2
Develop an SR/IR Concept and Outline
2
Country Reporting Regulation*
2
AA1000 AP (2018)
1
AA1000 SES (2015)
1
AA1000 AS (2020) v3
1
SR/IR Presentation and Consultation
1




Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)
Core Subjects - Level 2 Certified Assuror
Cr.
 
Assurance Concept, Principles, and Approach
1
 
Assurance Types and Levels Based on AA1000 AS (2020) v3
1
Ethical Aspect of SR/IR Assurance Engagement
1
 
Develop an Assurance Plan
1
 
Analyze SR Adherence to GRI Standards
2
 
Analyze IR Adherence to Integrated Report Framework
2
 
Analyze SR Adherence to Country Reporting Regulation*
2
 
Analyze SR Adherence to AA1000 AP (2018)
2
 
SR Asia GREAT and Report Analysis
2
 
Generate SR/IR Improvements based on Initial Assessment
2
 
Generate Conclusions and Recommendations
1
 
Independent Assurance Statement Drafting
1
 
Management Letter Drafting
1
 
Assurance Presentation and Consultation
1

 


* Country Regulation, based on the locations and participants:

  1. Sustainable Finance POJK No.51/2017 (Indonesia)
  2. Sustainability Reporting Guide (Malaysia)
  3. SGX Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (Singapore)
  4. SEBI Business Sustainability Report (India)
  5. DSE Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (Bangladesh)

Preparation Training Requirements

Participants who want to join the preparation training programs shall meet the following requirements:
 
Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional (CISP)

1.           To be minimum 21 years old

2.         To have good business-report writing skills, preferably in English

3.         To have good expertise in utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

4.         To complete and submit the Program Registration Form

5.         To pay  the preparation training fee


Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)

1.           To be an active member of SR Asia Level 1 CISP (Certified Writer), for at least two years minimum

2.         To have good business-report writing skills in English

3.         To have good expertise in utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

4.         To complete and submit the Program Registration Form

5.     To pay the preparation training fee

Examination

Level 1 Certified Writer (CISP)
Comprehensive exam: 100 questions
Writing exam: one SR / IR writing-case of three pages
Engage in one SR/IR writing project of a company (at least the project was from the last two years period prior to the date of presentation exam)
Presentation exam, present the writing project above in front of the juries:
  1. Overview of the reporting company
  2. Overview of the SR drafting project activities and the role in the project
  3. The theme of the report
  4. Standards and regulations used as a reference to develop the SR / IR content
  5. Sustainability context of the company
  6. Materiality topics that are covered in the report
  7. Key stakeholders that are described in the report
  8. Report boundaries of the report
  9. Values of the company (only in the Integrated Report) that are presented in the report
  10. Sustainability strategy of the reporting company
  11. Sustainability governance practices of the reporting company
  12. Challenges of the reporting project
  13. Recommendations for improvements in the report

Level 2 Certified Assuror (CISA)


Comprehensive exam: 100 questions
Case analysis: one independent assurance statement case of three pages
SR Asia Great assurance tool exam
Engage in one SR/IR assurance project of a company (at least the project was from the last two years period prior to the date of presentation exam)
Presentation exam, present the assurance project above in front of the juries:
  1. Overview of the SR / IR assurance project activities
  2. The conclusions from the assurance results, including its adherence to the SR / IR standards and regulations
  3. The recommendations for improvement
  4. Independent assurance statement
  5. Management letter

Examination Requirements

Level 1 Certified Writer
  1. Submit personal profile
  2. Fill and submit the application form
  3. Pay exam fees


Level 2 Certified Assuror
  1. An active member of Level 1 CISP, for the last two years minimum
  2. Submit personal profile
  3. Fill and submit the application form
  4. Pay exam fees

Passing Grade

Level 1 Certified Writer

  1. Comprehensive Exam: 70%
  2. Presentation Exam: 75%
  3. Case Writing Exam: 75%
  4. Presentation Exam: 75%

Level 2 Certified Assuror

  1. Comprehensive Exam: 70%
  2. Case Analysis: 75%
  3. SR Asia Great Assurance Tool Exam: 75%
  4. Presentation Exam: 75%

Validity and Extension

Level 1 CISP Validity and Extension

Requirements to obtain Level 1 CISP SR Asia Global Certification and Membership, and to have an account in SR Asia Great, are:
  1. Pass Level 1 CISP examinations
  2. Pay membership fees of Level 1 CISP (two-year membership)
Level 1 CISP Certification and Membership is valid for the first two years after passing the exams, and it can be extended for every two years. Certified writers use and update their accounts in SR Asia Great, presenting their professional profiles and track records in SR/IR projects. To maintain membership and credential, a certified writer must engage: 
  1. As a Lead writer* minimum in one SR or IR writing projects within a two-year membership period; or
  2. As an Associate Writer** minimum one SR or IR writing project every year

The inability to meet the requirements above shall result in the termination of Level 1 CISP Certification and Membership, and an obligation to re-take the Level 1 examinations.



Level 2 CISA Validity and Extension

Requirements to obtain Level 2 CISA SR Asia Global Certification and Membership, and to have an account in SR Asia Great, are:

  1. Pass Level 2 CISA examination, SR Asia Global Certification Program
  2. Pay membership fees of Level 2 CISA (every two years)

Level 2 CISA Certification and Membership is valid for the first two years after passing the exams, and it can be extended for every two years. Certified assurors use and update their accounts in SR Asia Great, presenting their professional profiles and track records in SR/IR projects. Certified assurors are mandated to use SR Asia Great assurance tool in conducting assurance projects (SR Asia charges a small amount of fee for each use of the assurance tool). To maintain membership and credential, a certified assuror must engage:

  1. In minimum one SR/IR assurance project within a two-year membership period; or
  2. As a Lead writer* in minimum one SR/IR writing project within a two-year membership period

The inability to meet the requirements above shall result in the termination of Level 2 CISA Certification and Membership, and an obligation to re-take the Level 2 examinations.

Title

Those who passed Level 1 may add the CISP (Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional) title after the name, while those who passed Level 2 may add the CISA (Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror). Please be noted that as a certified professional, one shall maintain knowledge and skills in both reporting or assuror projects.

Termination

SR Asia has the right to directly terminate membership under the following terms:

  1. Fail to meet the clauses indicated in “Validity and Extension”
  2. Proven to violate SR Asia code of conduct and values
  3. Unable to demonstrate impartiality in conducting the works as a certified professional


*Lead writer writes at least 60% of the report content.

**Associate Writer writes at least 30% of the report content.
 

Registration and Information

For program registration, click here.

For exam registration, click here.

For information inquiries, please contact:
  • Ms. Arum (+6285729082317) - Unika Atma Jaya
  • Mr. Ari (+6285870235690) - SR Asia
  • Email: services@srasia-indo.com