How much business knowledge should be expected from fledgling HR professionals? (Analysis)

Most think CHRP certification should involve business knowledge but others think HR should stay true to itself
By Claude Balthazard
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2008

The issue of how much business knowledge an HR practitioner should have is a question the profession has been dealing with for a long time. And, while just about everyone would agree some business knowledge or acumen is a good thing — and essential at the management level — what should we expect at the point of entry into the profession?

HR’s self-professed knowledge gap: Business

In the most recent Pulse Survey, a clear opinion surfaced for most questions. For instance, 78.8 per cent of respondents feel the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) certification process should include some kind of business knowledge requirement and 56.2 per cent see it as the biggest knowledge gap for HR professionals.