Closing the assessment gap

Professional certification and the growing need to measure employee competencies
By Stephen Davis
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009

Organizations are increasingly faced with the challenge of finding competent people to fill jobs and help fulfil long-term business goals. As a result, HR departments are under growing pressure to find, shape and maintain top talent.

To ease the burden of figuring out whether or not a candidate has the necessary skills, HR professionals rely on professional and vocational personnel certification bodies (PCBs) to assess and certify people.

These bodies include: provincial HR associations, which award the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation; the Canadian Payroll Association, which awards the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation; the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans, which awards the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation; provincial chartered accountants associations, which award the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation; and many more.