Excerpts from article:
- “As a business owner, executive, or manager, you are entitled to the highest level of competence and professionalism on the part of HR professionals registered with HRPA…”.
- “What this means for business is real accountability for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and its members. The association is accountable to the Ontario Legislature for regulating and governing its members in the public interest, and members are accountable for maintaining their knowledge and skills at a high level and demonstrating the utmost in professionalism. These are not empty promises or claims, they are legally binding covenants”. (underscores mine, to be discussed below)
First, there is no such thing as “real” accountability. Either you are or are not. Second, to use the word “real” implies, rightly so, that HR has not been accountable. HR designs, develops and manages operational training frameworks. Let’s be clear on this, HR makes the blueprint that everyone uses to build. To be a professional means being held accountable in the court of law. That’s the “legally binding” piece. HR makes the qualifying process that determines if a worker is capable of work without killing themselves or others. HRPA feels to be competent one only needs to say you are competent by sticking the word professional on your certification. Yes, I agree HR should be treated as a professionals, like the engineer who signs off on a blueprint. Your name is on it and you will be held accountable if something fails. Accountability takes place in the courts, conducting a deep dive on HR processes and forcing improvements that reduce worker deaths. That’s accountability. It’s time for HR to put on the big boy shoes and start walking the talk. When an HR staff member is held accountable in the court of law, that’s when we know a qualification process is in place holding HR to a higher standard. Operational personnel are going to jail having followed the training blueprint supplied by HR. The level of nonsense and incompetence should not exist anywhere let alone at the very top organizing body. Yet the Canadian Human Resources Professional Certificate has one out of nine courses dedicated to training. This works out to 11% of all the training they take deemed sufficient to design operational training blueprints. Pay $320 and you are a “professional”. There are people who go to school for years to gain this level of experience. It’s called university and they are called educators. Yet, CHRP deems mere hours sufficient to qualify their staff to work in an operational environment. HR is in crises. It’s time for a new narrative.
– Fut McGorphy