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 Writer (Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professionals (CISP)) and Level 2 Certified Assuror (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 follow a number of training sessions and pass several exams. Experienced writers can also enjoy "the fast-track" of the Certification Program by submitting proof of experience and directly enroll in the examinations. 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.
The overall scheme of the Certification Program is presented in the following figure.


Benefits

After joining the SR Asia Global Certification Program, participants are expected to have the following benefits:
  1. Understand 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. Gain 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. Increase self-confidence as a professional writer or assuror.

Job Function

Professionals that have passed the exams and obtained the certification are expected to have competencies in the following job functions:
Level 1 Certified Writer (CISP)

  1. Analyze SR/IR data and information
  2. Develop a sustainability report (SR) or Integrated Report (IR) concept and outline
  3. Develop and write SR/IR content
  4. Promote and consult about SR/IR content development

Level 2 Certified Assuror (CISA)

  1. Develop SR/IR assurance plan
  2. Analyze SR/IR content
  3. Manage and analyze SR/IR evidence documents
  4. Utilize SR Asia GREAT assurance platform
  5. Develop conclusions and recommendations
  6. Write an Assurance Independent Statement
  7. Write a Management Letter
  8. Promote and consult about SR/IR assurance


Core Competency

Training subjects of the SR Asia Global Certification Program is designed to enhance the following core competencies:

Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professionals (CISP)
  1. Understand sustainable development and sustainability concept and principles, and also some globally-recognized standard
  2. Understand the concept and principles of SR/IR
  3. Understand the various approach of sustainability or integrated reporting
  4. Understand the roles and ethics of an SR/IR report writer
  5. Understand the basic concept of corporate communication and graphic design
  6. Understand challenges in SR/IR translation
  7. Have 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. Have knowledge and skills to write an SR/IR based on globally accepted report-writing standard
  9. Have knowledge and skills to present and guide the clients about SR/IR development strategy

Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)

                      1. Understand the concept and process of assurance
                      2. Understand the roles and ethics of an SR/IR assuror
                      3. Have knowledge and skills to develop an assurance plan
                      4. Have knowledge and skills to analyze SR/IR content; including data in tables and graphs
                      5. Have knowledge and skills to analyze and manage evidence documents
                      6. Have knowledge and skills to utilize SR Asia GREAT assurance tool
                      7. Have knowledge and skills to generate recommendations for improvements based on initial SR/IR assessment
                      8. Have knowledge and skills to develop conclusions and recommendations
                      9. Have knowledge and skills to develop and draft an independent assurance statement and management letter, based on commonly accepted report-writing standard
                      10. Have knowledge and skills to present and guide the clients about SR/IR development strategy

                      Credit

                      Each participant is required to complete the training program before eligible to enroll in the examinations.  

                      Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professionals (CISP)
                      • Mandatory: 20 credits
                      • Elective: 6 credits
                      Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)
                      • Mandatory: 20 credits
                      • Elective: 6 credits
                      One credit equals to 2 sessions, with duration of 75 minutes per session 
                      (1 credit = 2 sessions = 150 minutes)

                      The experienced writers who want to get the certification can submit proof of experience and enroll directly in the examinations.

                      Mandatory Subjects


                      Participants are required to accomplish the following mandatory subjects (20 credits) in the training sessions:
                      Level 1 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional (CISP)

                      Mandatory 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 (2008), with Addendum (2018)
                      1
                      SR/IR Presentation and Consultation
                      1


                      * Country Regulation, based on the locations and participants (it will be held in other Asian countries):

                      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)

                      Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)

                      Mandatory Subjects - Level 2 Certified Assuror
                      Cr.
                       
                      Assurance Concept, Principles, and Approach
                      1
                       
                      Assurance Types and Levels Based on AA1000 AccountAbility Standards and Principles
                      1
                      Ethical Aspect in 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

                       



                      Elective Subjects

                      Participants of the Certification Program are required to take three elective subjects (2 credits per subject, a total of 6 credits) among the following:

                      1. Introduction to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Guidelines
                      2. Introduction to the Sustainability Accounting Standard Board (SASB) Guidelines
                      3. Introduction to the Green Productivity Concept and Principles
                      4. Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Mapping and Reporting
                      5. Introduction to the Communication on Progress (COP), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) 
                      6. Introduction to the Task Force on Climate Finance Disclosure (TCFD)
                      7. Introduction to Sustainable Banking Assessment (SUSBA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
                      8. Introduction to ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility
                      9. Introduction to the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
                      10. Introduction to Carbon Footprint counting and Reduction
                      11. Introduction to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
                      12. Introduction to Women Empowerment Principles
                      13. Introduction to Children's Rights and Business Principles
                      14. Introduction to Social Mapping
                      15. Introduction to Impact Assessment
                      16. Introduction to Social Return on Investment (SROI)
                      Please be informed that not all elective subjects are offered in each batch due to the availability of the lecturers and the number of participants. Kindly contact the Registration Officer to get further information about the elective subjects that are currently open for enrollment. Participants may ask for opening a particular subject if a minimum of 8 participants in each session is fulfilled.


                      Training Requirements

                      Level 1 Certified Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional (CISP)
                      1. Minimum 21 years old
                      2. Have good business-report writing skills, preferably in English
                      3. Have good expertise and experience in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
                      4. Fill and submit the registration form
                      5. Pay training fees

                      Experienced writers with minimum engagement in three SR / IR reporting projects in the last five years prior to the date of the comprehensive exam may proceed to enroll in the examinations.

                      Level 2 Certified Integrated and Sustainability Report Assuror (CISA)

                      1. An active member of SR Asia Level 1 Certified Writer, for at least two years minimum
                      2. Have good business-report writing skills in English
                      3. Have good expertise and experience in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
                      4. Fill and submit the registration form
                      5. Pay training fees

                      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. Complete all training credits (20 credits mandatory and 6 credits elective within the period of the last 2 years prior to the exam date), or
                      2. Submit prove of experience as the main writer in SR/IR development projects (Min. 3 in total SR/IR development projects in the last 5 years
                      3. Submit personal profile
                      4. Fill and submit the application form
                      5. Pay exam fees

                      Re-take exam: only requirements #3, #4, and #5 are mandatory

                      Level 2 Certified Assuror
                      1. An active member of Level 1 Certified Writer, for the last two years minimum
                      2. Complete all training credits (20 credits mandatory and 6 credits elective within the period of the last 2 years prior to the exam date)
                      3. Submit personal profile
                      4. Fill and submit the application form
                      5. Pay exam fees

                      Re-take exam: only requirements #3, #4, and #5 are mandatory

                      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 Certified Writer Validity and Extension

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


                      Level 2 Certified Assuror Validity and Extension

                      Requirements to obtain Level 1 SR Asia Global Certification and Membership, and to have an account in SR Asia Great, are:

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

                      Level 2 Certification and Membership is valid for the first three years after passing the exams, and it can be extended for every three years. Certified assurors use and update their accounts in SR Asia Great, presenting their professional profiles and track records in SR /IR assurance 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 in total two SR / IR assurance projects within a three-year membership period; or
                      2. As a Lead writer* minimum in a total of two SR or IR writing projects within a three-year membership period

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

                      Title

                      Those who passed Level 1 Certified Writer may add the CISP (Certified Integrated and Sustainability Reporting Professional) title behind the name, while those who passed Level 2 Certified Assuror 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

                      Registration and Information

                      For registration or inquire information, including about the pricing, please contact:

                      Ms. Arum (085729082317) - Atma Jaya
                      Ms. Amira (085872190616) - SR Asia

                      or, click http://bit.ly/SRASIAATMAJAYA for registration