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Janice MacPherson, CPHR
HRIA Interim CEO
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11Oct 2016HRIATo our HRIA members,
I am writing to update you about changes to the CHRP designation and the HR industry across Canada. As of now, CCHRA (the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations) is changing its name to CPHR (Chartered Professionals in Human Resources) Canada.
Effective immediately, the CHRP designation is being changed to CPHR - Chartered Professional in Human Resources.
This change aligns us all across the Country, to be stronger together. Your designation will be clearly associated to your Provincial Association and represented nationally and internationally by CPHR Canada.
We feel this is our most effective route to increasing our visibility, positioning our profession as strategic business advisors and opening more career options for designates.CPHR Canada would have proceeded with this alignment under the CHRP banner, but the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) of Ontario opted to create a three-tiered designation for their province and they defined CHRP, which was shared across the country, as their entry-level designation. This meant that the rest of Canada was required to either accept the three-tiered model, or make this change.
The eight provincial associations in CPHR Canada opted to maintain one designation - CPHR - as our standard of quality for a number of reasons: most professional designations are, or are moving toward, a single designation; one designation is consistent with other international partners; and one designation helps us establish and share a strong and cohesive brand, without confusion. We believe that Chartered Professional in Human Resources makes a strong statement and it will be the foundation of a designation in which our members can take pride.
One Designation, One Association
As a single, aligned organization, CPHR Canada can make better use of our limited resources, delivering more to our members, and for our members, by: reducing duplication of efforts across our associations, sharing professional development opportunities, and communicating consistently, among other things.
As of today, we have established consistent minimum requirements for certification and a national Code of Conduct; we are moving together toward self-regulation in each Province, and we are accrediting Post-Secondary Education Institution programs across the country that align with our educational requirements.
CPHR Canada is 27,000 members strong, and has established itself as the voice of HR in Canada. We are Canada's representative on the North American Human Resources Management Association (NAHRMA) and the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA). We recently signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the U.S., the world's largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.How we will proceed
In the coming months, CPHR Canada will unveil the new brand, in unison with the other provincial associations, and current Certified Members will receive their new designation certificate and lapel pin. This will mark the mid-point of our strategy toward elevating the HR profession and the CPHR designation in Canada.The most visible change at this point is the name of the designation, which is being followed by a greater communication outreach.
As we move through this transition, we recognize that each Provincial Association will want to keep the attributes that make them unique and we respect that. We anticipate a smooth transition and we have a common purpose and a culture of open communication to support the change.
These are interesting and exciting times for our profession. We are asking for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these changes. Please know that we have the best interests of our members at the forefront of all our decision-making.
We commit to keeping you informed of changes in a clear and timely manner.
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Thank-you for your ongoing support.
Janice MacPherson, CPHR
HRIA Interim CEO
As an employer, you will be faced with difficult choices during an economic downturn. In order to stay competitive, planning ahead and offering creative responses to external challenges becomes increasingly important.
Having trained, skilled employees is vital for the successful growth of a company. But is it risky to train workers in tougher economic times? How will employers afford training for their employees?
The answer to these questions may be surprising. With help from the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG), workers have the opportunity to skill up!
The CAJG is an employer-driven program where employers decide on who gets training, what type of training may be needed for potential and existing employees, and who delivers the training. Employers gain skilled workers they need to increase productivity, skills and retention.
Is now the time to train employees?
Absolutely! When business is booming, it’s often difficult to make time for training. In a downturn, this is an opportunity to take stock of what training is needed in your organization and which employees you want to grow and develop. Training staff goes a long way to strengthening your workforce – it leads to more productive, engaged and motivated employees, which is turn helps employers hold on to its talent and reduce turnover. Consider using this time to plan for where you want your workforce to be in the next five years. Have you thought about succession planning? Now may be your opportunity to train and promote from within.
Who will pay for this?
Employers are expected to cover one-third of the training costs while government contributes two-thirds of to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee.
Who has been using this grant?
A range of employers, big and small, in all industries across Alberta have used this grant – more than $16 million was committed for training last year alone!
What kind of training is eligible?
The grant has been used for different types and levels of training. Get creative! Think about your wish list for the perfect employee. Some examples of typical training include:
· Project management
· Safety (OHS, construction safety, first aid, etc.)
· Communications/interpersonal skills
· Public speaking
Where can you find out more?
HRIA’s Candidate members are now permitted to use “CHRP Candidate” as a professional title. Previously, Candidate members were not permitted the use of a professional title and were simply referred to as “certification candidates”. This change is effective immediately.
For questions regarding this change, please contact Daniel Boucher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorandum of Understanding sets stage for SHRM and CCHRA to share advances and align credentials
ALEXANDRIA, VA & TORONTO - JULY 14, 2016 – Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have agreed to work together on key priorities that affect HR practitioners and the profession across North America and around the world. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining where and how this collaboration will take place.
“We’re thrilled to be officially collaborating with SHRM,” says Anthony Ariganello, Chief Executive Officer of CCHRA.” “We have been working together very well informally and saw the tremendous potential to expand the possibilities for advancement, so we have put a formal agreement in place that allows us to explore more of the potential for the relationship.”
“As a result of this partnership, we will be more responsive to the members of both organizations by addressing their needs and contributing to the creation of the workplace of tomorrow,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, SHRM’s president and CEO. “It aligns well with our mission to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the practice of human resource management.”
The agreement has identified some of the initial areas where the organizations see value in collaboration. They are: joint research; professional development programs; shared access to some member benefits; information and content sharing; and further alignment and mutual recognition of CCHRA and SHRM credentials and certifications. For human resource practitioners throughout North America, this agreement helps solidify our capacity and commitment to represent the profession throughout Canada and the United States.
Positioning CCHRA in this way is one of the key priorities established by the Board in their 2015 Strategic Plan. “Last summer we set definitive statements about what we want to achieve on behalf of our members,” said Shannon Railton, Chair CCHRA. “This agreement speaks volumes about our capacity to achieve our goals and the collaborative way in which we intend to do it.”
“We are pleased to partner with CCHRA and will begin by identifying areas of focus for our research, as well as exploring co-branded program offerings in both markets,” said Brian Dickson, senior vice president -professional development and strategic partnerships.