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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

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. Possesses 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. Possesses 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

An assurance service usually covers the following activities:

  1. Please be noted that the scope of activity may be adjusted to meet the needs, characteristics, and sustainability context of the clients.

  2. An assurance project preparation starts with an initial engagement between the client (which is the management of the company) and SR Asia, or an assuror certified by SR Asia. A meeting shall be conducted to discuss the assurance plan, including assurance type, level, references, and schedule as well as the communication protocol between the client and the Assurance Team.

  3. The assuror submits a project application form through the SR Asia Great platform. Information is needed by the assuror to fill-up the form, such as a short profile of the company, reporting profile, data contributors, and material topics presented in the report.

  4. Once SR Asia Great Administrator has approved the assurance project application form, the Assurance Team can start to conduct an initial assessment on the report draft submitted by the client.

  5. A visit to the client’s head office is carried out (1) to discuss with the management representative and data contributors about the report draft and findings from initial assessment, as well as (2) to trace back sustainability performance data and information as presented in the report to the sources and evidence documents.

  6. In particular conditions, such as during the pandemic, video conferencing can be conducted instead of a visit.

  7. When applicable, the Assurance Team directly observe particular operations or activities as evidence samples.

  8. After the visit, the Assurance Team allows the client to revise the report draft, most likely maximum in two weeks.

  9. The Assurance Team will generate recommendations for future improvements and come up with an Independent Assurance Statement after the client has submitted the revised report draft.

Preparation Training Requirements

The preparation training of Level 1 CISP and Level 2 CISA are each comprised of 20 credits. One credit has a 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)

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: [email protected] 

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