The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Ontario has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) that initiates a closer working relationship between the three organizations — including a potential mutual recognition of professional HR designations.
Last month, HRPA introduced a new competency-based HR certification framework that creates three new HR designations in Canada: the entry-level Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), the professional-level Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and the senior-level Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) (see new competency-based certification framework).
The international agreement signals a commitment to building connections and strengthening the HR profession through global networks — including potential partnerships on professional development programming, HR research, exchanges and study tours, said HRPA.
"We live in an increasingly interconnected world economy. While each country has its unique cultural and legal characteristics, the professionalization of HR needs exchangeable, valued and credible designations based on a global body of knowledge. Our understanding with Australia and New Zealand reflects this need," said HRPA CEO Bill Greenhalgh.
"We truly live in a global village and as the professional body for human resource practitioners and people managers in New Zealand, it is important that HRINZ has strong, broad and valuable connections and networks worldwide. We are honoured to be partnering with two such reputable and well-respected professional bodies. We are certain that this will have many benefits for our members as well as for the human resources profession as a whole in New Zealand and globally," said HRINZ CEO Chris Till.
"In view of the increasing impact of global influences on the economic and business context within which professional associations operate, it makes a great deal of sense for associations of like mind to work in unison to achieve common objectives. Representing the Australian HR profession, I am therefore delighted to be entering into a partnership with our HR counterparts in Canada and New Zealand to explore opportunities and synergies to work in collaboration for our mutual benefit," said AHRI CEO Lyn Goodyear.
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