Same HR issues, different accents

British HR association promoting certification, seeking senior HR credibility
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/13/2005

At about the same time the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations was launching its national HR designation, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development was officially given the right to award professional designations to members of the institute in the United Kingdom.

Unlike Canada, however, the British opted to create a multi-level membership and certification system so that senior level HR people could distinguish themselves from younger professionals. (For more on the debate over the need for a senior HR designation in Canada click on the related articles link on the bottom of this page.)

Though the institute has roots that go back more than 90 years, it only received recognition from the government as a professional body in 2000, said Judy Whittaker, director of membership and education.