Business acumen critical for HR: Survey

Priorities raise questions about what’s covered in CHRP certification, says Queen’s director
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2011

Canada’s HR certification could use some revamping, especially at the entry level, judging by the results of a national survey of Canadian HR professionals conducted by Queen’s University in partnership with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) and the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA).

When asked about the top five critical pieces of knowledge required by HR professionals today, business acumen came out on top at 16.4 per cent, followed by employment law and legislation and talent management, both at 11.8 per cent, broad HR knowledge at 8.3 per cent and employee or labour relations at 8.2 per cent.

“What’s interesting here is business acumen was number one and it was way out in front,” said Paul Juniper, director of the Industrial Relations Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.