First batch of HR professionals certified under new framework

A total of 88 HR professionals were officially certified under the pilot run of Singapore’s National HR Professional Certification Framework on Thursday (May 26).

The framework, administered by Workforce Singapore (WSG) in October and November 2016, is a core initiative under the HR Industry Manpower Plan that aims to boost the credentials of the HR profession and seeks to improve the skillsets of HR professionals and foster developmental and progression pathways for them.

Certified HR professionals can look forward to being rewarded for their knowledge, skills and attributes, and will be able to mastermind human capital development more effectively in their organisations.

Among the 88 graduates was Daphne Wee, Senior Assistant Director (Chief HR Officer & Strategic Workforce Planning) of the Public Service Division.

“The pilot assessment provided an opportunity for me to reflect on my career journey, the work that I have done and distilled earnings and experiences along the way,” she said.

“Through the process, I was able to appreciate the richness of experiences in the different portfolios I have handled and importantly, the interactions and relationships built with stakeholders, partners, bosses, peers and colleagues at work.”

Khairul Azhar Bin Khalid, Manager of HR at AXS, was also part of the pioneer batch of certified HR professionals.

He believes the certification framework would enable the HR sector to refresh and review HR issues, undertake continuous learning and stay relevant.

Tan Ai Sim, ASEAN Head of HR at Syngenta Asia Pacific, said preparing for her certification refreshed her knowledge of the Singapore labour legislation which has changed significantly over the years.

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The national HR certification framework will be implemented and steered by the newly-formed Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP), which has been jointly set up by tripartite partners comprising the Ministry of Manpower, National Trades Union Congress, and Singapore National Employers Federation.

The certification will now be known as IHRP Certification.

New initiatives for HR

Minister of State Teo Ser Luck, who officiated at the conferment ceremony of the 88 certified HR professionals, also announced a slew of new schemes for the HR sector.

The Professional Conversion Programme for Professional Executives (HR) seeks to assist mid-career executives who are transiting into the HR landscape by inculcating them with well-rounded and future-ready HR skills to assume HR management positions.

Another initiative is the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for HR, a work-study programme designed in partnership with the HR industry to give fresh graduates from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) a headstart in HR related careers.

Meanwhile, the SkillsFuture Study Award for HR entails a bond-free study award that supports Singaporean HR professionals to deepen their skills in the industry and helps cultivate a strong pool of HR professionals that are well-equipped to drive human capital development in their organisations.

The up-skilling programmes were introduced by WSG and SkillsFuture Singapore.

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