Multinational ISO standard for HR competencies pushed by HRPA

Working group around competency framework to be chaired by Bill Greenhalgh
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/31/2016

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) saw success recently when its recommendation that the International Standards Organisation (ISO) mandate a working group to develop global standards in HR — integrating competency frameworks from various countries into a single global framework — was approved.

“We had a competency model, we thought that it was very important to have as a foundation for enhancing the profession around  the world, we made a proposal to the Standards Council of Canada who then sent the documentation off to the ISO. The ISO group then said… ‘Tell us a bit more about it and we’ll vote at that meeting.’ So I went there, I made the pitch, proposal, they liked it and voted for it and said, ‘Yep, this is good, we’ll create a working group, we’d like you to chair it and anybody else interested, please sign up,’” said Bill Greenhalgh, CEO of the HRPA.

There was recognition Canada was a leader in this area, said Robert Carlyle, senior director of strategic workforce management at RBC in Toronto, citing the initial discussions around a possible working group.