Upcoming Certification Events

The mission of ATRI is to “advance regional competence in total rewards management.” We must therefore make total rewards training and certification highly accessible to the ASEAN regional HR profession. To this end, we offer both regional and local workshops and events, depending on the preferred contextualization and class make-up:

  • Regional events are hosted by HRD-Future and draw practitioners in HR or C&B roles from around the region, providing a more diverse networking opportunity. Typically 3 to 5 countries are represented by the participants in a given event. They are conducted 100% by Tom Farmer and in English, with plenty of discussions, breakouts, sharings and Q&A by participants to learn reward practices in other locations, and share their own to others who are curious to learn about your country’s practices. All ATRI events are available regionally, through HRD-Future, including CTRS and CTRP workshops, the CTRF Roundtable Series and non-certification courses on Excel skills for compensation, incentive design or other topics. Those in, or aspiring to, regional rewards roles should consider attending regional ATRI events. Budget requirements may be slightly higher than for local events.

    Contact marketing@hrd-future.com for information on regional ATRI events.

  • Local events are offered through local partner/affiliate organizations, such as HRMBSI (Philippines), VNHR (Vietnam HR Association), CRS (Thailand), WARD (Bangladesh) or others. These are heavily contextualized to the local business/regulatory environment, local practices, etc. Tom Farmer is the lead instructor, and a local co-facilitator is also present to explain and discuss the material in the local context, in the local language (Tagalog, Vietnamese, Bahasa, etc.). Local language/context discussions may make this option unsuitable for those in other countries. Those in country roles may find the local events more relevant to their current roles, and the fees are generally more cost-effective. The CTRF Roundtable series is not available on a local basis.

    For information on local events, contact Willinda Yu at HRMBSi at wpyu@hrmbsi.com.ph.

The certifications are the same regardless of whether the regional or local version is taken. The local version material is slightly more focused to allow time for local language discussions. The exact same exam is given in both versions. ATRI certificates make no reference to local versus regional. There is only one CTRS certification and only one CTRP certification.

Total Rewards Certification is Growing!

2018 was the year ATRI certification really took off. In 2017, we certified 24 people who had flown from the Philippines to Singapore for our first certification workshop. In 2018, we held certification workshops in Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, adding 67 people to the roster of ATRI-certified total rewards practitioners. Be sure to check out our photo gallery to see those who have been certified.

With a total of 91 people, we enter 2019 with scheduled workshops in these four locations, and plans to enter other locations within the region. All certification opportunities are now offered through a 3-day certification workshop format, although it is OK to break up a workshop if you can only attend 1 or 2 of the 3 days. In this case, you can take the remaining 1-day module(s) on a future date.

All ATRI certification workshops are offered through our partners:

On behalf of our entire industry panel and local partners, we wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful and purposeful 2019, and we hope to see you soon!

Tom Farmer headshot                  Freddi

Thomas A. Farmer             Federico R. Marquez, Jr.

Co-founders, ASEAN Total Rewards Institute

Applying Total Rewards: Philippines

Hear total rewards explained for the Philippines context by Tom Farmer, co-founder of ASEAN Total Rewards Institute™, during a live TV interview with Michelle Ong of ABS-CBN News Channel, Manila, Philippines, on July 6, 2018:


This link will take you to the ANC Early Edition facebook page and play the interview video:


Welcome to ATRI!

On behalf of the ATRI Industry Panel members, we are very excited to welcome you to the ASEAN Total Rewards Institute website, and wish you great success in your journey to greater competence as a total rewards professional! Continuing education is a privilege and we wish to share a quote from Mahatma Ghandi:

Live as if you were to die tomorrow… Learn as if you were to live forever.”

On July 21, 2017, thirty HR professionals from the Philippines flew to Singapore to attend ATRI’s Total Rewards Certification Workshop. Fifteen were certified as Certified Total Rewards Specialists (CTRS), demonstrating competence in the core compensation and benefits disciplines, through participation and passing a written examination. An additional six experienced practitioners were recognized as Certified Total Rewards Professionals (CTRP) as well, based on a combination of written exam results, interviews and industry panel member nomination. Two were recognized as Certified Total Rewards Fellow (CTRF) based on verified industry experience, achievement and demonstration of competence in key advanced areas, as well as approval by two industry panel members. Several others completed the workshop for learning purposes.

From this, we now continue the journey of building the ASEAN region’s own certification for total rewards, starting with the Philippines, and soon extending to other ASEAN nations.

Be sure to sign up using the Contact link to receive news and resources to help you grow as a total rewards professional.

It is our honor to assist you in your growth as a total rewards professional!

–Tom and Freddi


Tom Farmer headshot                  Freddi

Thomas A. Farmer             Federico R. Marquez, Jr.

Co-founders, ASEAN Total Rewards Institute