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UPDATE: HR Certification Based on Competencies


 

Representing the great state of Oklahoma and serving as your Director of the OKHR State Council, I have the opportunity to interact with SHRM either on a monthly, weekly and even sometimes daily basis. Knowing I am at times more entrenched in SHRM’s business, more so than other state council & chapter volunteers and HR professionals across the state, I would like to briefly share SHRM’s vision with you to move forward in the development of a new certification.
SHRM has spent numerous hours researching our industry and professionals which included criterion validation studies in connection with five major corporations and five research universities. The results are clear. The data indicates our current knowledge based assessments may no longer represent the needs of the business community.  By HR professionals now serving as strategic leaders, business professionals are compelling us to enhance our performance.  How can we obtain the next level of performance by continuing with the same standard practices of yesterday?  SHRM is leading the charge by facilitating the needs of industry while developing us as professions.  This is where the new assessment tool derives from. Enhancing certification in order to support our performance!
The SHRM certification program will be the first HR certification that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers not only today but in our future. 
Many of our HR professionals have responded and said what about HRCI?  How is this change going to affect SHRM’s relationship with HRCI and more importantly my certification?
As the Director of the state, I have been privy to knowledge that SHRM has reached out to HRCI on numerous occasions within the past several years either by their board or communication from of our MAC representatives. Additionally, during this time as your Director, I have had extensive communication myself directly with HRCI requesting important changes to enhance program approvals, asking for response times to change to meet our training deadlines and went so far as to offer to serve on HRCI’s board to help promote change. Unfortunately, HRCI’s response has been minimal at best. 
Although the communication has been ongoing for several years between SHRM and HRCI, it wasn’t until during the last five months with extensive discussions with HRCI and repeatedly communicated that it became clear to SHRM that HRCI’s actions did not intend to join SHRM in the effort to move forward in the development of a certification that included competencies.

May 27, 2014

As the OKHR State Council Director, I wanted to share some additional thoughts on SHRM’s development of a new HR certification based on competencies.

First, you should know I have been certified for 14 years.  During my certification tenure, I witnessed CEO’s across the nation recognize the importance of transitioning from a Personnel Department to accepting Human Resource professionals as strategic leaders and partners.  With this transition, many companies and CEO’s quickly saw the value in hiring a certified professional which led to the PHR, SPHR and GPHR certifications becoming a basic function of job descriptions we now see in job postings.  What a change in just one short decade!

Representing the great state of Oklahoma and serving as your Director of the OKHR State Council, I have the opportunity to interact with SHRM either on a monthly, weekly and even sometimes daily basis. Knowing I am at times more entrenched in SHRM’s business, more so than other state council & chapter volunteers and HR professionals across the state, I would like to briefly share SHRM’s vision with you to move forward in the development of a new certification.

SHRM has spent numerous hours researching our industry and professionals which included criterion validation studies in connection with five major corporations and five research universities. The results are clear. The data indicates our current knowledge based assessments may no longer represent the needs of the business community.  By HR professionals now serving as strategic leaders, business professionals are compelling us to enhance our performance.  How can we obtain the next level of performance by continuing with the same standard practices of yesterday?  SHRM is leading the charge by facilitating the needs of industry while developing us as professions.  This is where the new assessment tool derives from. Enhancing certification in order to support our performance!

The SHRM certification program will be the first HR certification that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers not only today but in our future. 

Many of our HR professionals have responded and said what about HRCI?  How is this change going to affect SHRM’s relationship with HRCI and more importantly my certification?

As the Director of the state, I have been privy to knowledge that SHRM has reached out to HRCI on numerous occasions within the past several years either by their board or communication from of our MAC representatives. Additionally, during this time as your Director, I have had extensive communication myself directly with HRCI requesting important changes to enhance program approvals, asking for response times to change to meet our training deadlines and went so far as to offer to serve on HRCI’s board to help promote change. Unfortunately, HRCI’s response has been minimal at best. 

Although the communication has been ongoing for several years between SHRM and HRCI, it wasn’t until during the last five months with extensive discussions with HRCI and repeatedly communicated that it became clear to SHRM that HRCI’s actions did not intend to join SHRM in the effort to move forward in the development of a certification that included competencies.

Jeff Owens, OKHR Director

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