Certainly a big part of the story here is the tremendous response to the survey: 1,191 HR professionals responded to the survey and close to 400 responded to the write-in request for comment. A number of you expressed appreciation at being given the chance to make yourself heard on the topic.
There were many different points of view expressed, but one idea came up again and again. That is the value of the designation would be enhanced by the addition of an experience requirement. Consider the responses to the question: “What specific requirements should be made more stringent?” The top three responses all have to do with the inclusion of experience as part of the designation requirements. Many suggested three to five years’ experience should not only be suggested but required for the designation.
It was interesting to note those who have the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation were more likely to feel the bar should be raised than those who did not. One interpretation is those who are working toward the designation have an interest in making sure “raising the bar” does not jeopardize their chances of getting the designation whereas those who already have the CHRP have an interest in maintaining the value of their investment by keeping the bar high.
A number of respondents indicated that instead of raising the bar for the CHRP, we should consider adding one or more senior designations. We’ll take a closer look at this possibility in the next Pulse Survey. Results will be published in the May 19 issue.
Claude Balthazard is director, HR excellence, at the Toronto-based Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) of Ontario. He can be reached at (416) 923-2324 or firstname.lastname@example.org