HRPA signs Memorandum of Understanding with Australian and New Zealand HR associations

International Human Resources partnership a first step towards mutual recognition of professional HR designations

TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2014 /CNW/ – The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and the 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 (Canada’s largest HR association and the regulator of the HR profession in Ontario) 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).

The international agreement signals a commitment to building connections and strengthening the Human Resources profession through global networks–including potential partnerships on professional development programming, HR research, exchanges and study tours.

“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 Chief Executive 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.

About HRPA:

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is the professional regulatory body and the professional association for Human Resources professionals in Ontario, Canada. It oversees more than 20,000 members in 28 chapters across the province. It connects members with an unmatched range of HR information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities and annually hosts Canada’s largest HR conference. In Ontario, HRPA issues three levels of professional certification: the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation for practitioners entering the profession and working in administrative capacities; the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), for practitioners working in fully professional capacities; and the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), for senior executives. Visit the HRPA website or for further information.

SOURCE Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario

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