non-designated counterparts, get promoted faster and enjoy a
broader array of career opportunities. Designations matter. And
now, the CHRP is not only the best-known designation in Canada,
it is also offered exclusively by HRPA.
INNOVATION ON A GLOBAL SCALE
Another balancing act we have in the works is a bit broader in
scope: we’re working with countries such as the U.S., the UK and
Australia to share our respective competency frameworks in the
pursuit of creating a global HR standard.
HRPA is using our designations and competency framework
– the newest in the world – as a foundation to help create an innovative,
global competency framework for the profession and extend
the benefits of HRPA membership globally.
In August, HRPA presented its competency framework to a
technical committee (TC260) of the International Standards
Organization (ISO) with a recommendation that ISO should
mandate a multinational working group to develop global standards
in HR, integrating competency frameworks from various
countries into a single global framework.
The committee approved HRPA’s proposal unanimously, and
created a new working group to develop that harmonized framework.
HRPA CEO Bill Greenhalgh was named chair. There are
23 member countries participating, including the United States,
United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, India,
Russia and Spain. There are also 22 “observing” countries.
Having a global competency framework will help enhance the
human resources profession worldwide; create a common basis for
education, training and talent selection; and facilitate the mutual
recognition of designations between countries. It’s a move that’s
highly innovative while still preserving the professional knowledge
and expertise of all partner countries.
The next step in the process will be for each national standards
association to issue a call within their countries for subject matter
experts to provide input. The timeline on establishing the framework
to completion is estimated at three years.
If you’d like to be involved in this, or any of the other ongoing
ISO standards HR projects, the first step is to be accredited by
Standards Canada; please contact HRPA’s communications specialist,
Liz Bernier, at email@example.com for more information. As
always, we welcome the input, expertise and involvement of our
members – and it’s an excellent opportunity for you to help shape
an innovative future for HR.
Building an innovative future for HR while balancing the depth
of knowledge and best practices of the past is a challenging and
exciting endeavor, to say the least. We’re working to master that
balancing act, but the more expertise we have access to, the better.
Successful innovation is rarely a solitary pursuit – it’s a team sport.
And we’d love to have you on our team. n
Brenda Clark, CHRE, is chair of the Human Resources Professionals
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