Background and Objective
The International Certification for Social Protection Analysts is a new initiative in the field of social protection
capacity strengthening. Implemented by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO). Its central objective
is to support the improvement in analytical aspects of the design, financial planning and governance of
national social protection systems, through the training of quantitative specialists.
The International Certification provides the opportunity for successful candidates to become part of a new global
cadre of practitioners with a recognised set of quantitative skills for social protection analysis. This is achieved with
a package of intensive and challenging training courses equipping participants with the state of the art in tailored
techniques for quantitative analysis of social protection. Incorporating the analytical depth and accreditation
of an extended training programme, the certification is organised around a set of short courses and distance
learning which can be completed over a number of years.
This makes it particularly accessible to professionals in full-time employment.
The International Certification is composed of four social protection courses. Participants need to complete
three courses out of the four qualified courses within a 5-year period in order to earn the “Social Protection
Analysts” recognition. The International Certification represents 450 learning hours.
For each eligible course, the assessment process establishes whether participants have a full grasp of the skills and concepts included, resulting in a course-specific Certificate of Achievement issued by ITCILO Turin. To earn the “Social Protection Analyst” certification participants need to complete three courses and then undertake a capstone assessment
demonstrating the consolidated learning of the courses combined. The capstone assessment consists of a written assignment which uses analytical approaches from the three completed courses to develop policy recommendations for a specific country context.