The focus of this assignment is to uncover what professional associations and consulting firms consider to be important skills and competencies for HR practitioners
The professional associations are organizations that represent the interests of all HR practitioners, and the profession.
• Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI),
• the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
• Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD).
• SHRI: American
• SABPP: South African
• CIPD: United Kingdom
• RCSA: Australian and New Zealand
One way to approach this is to categories the professional associations into two general groups – “Generalist” and “Discipline Specific”.
“Generalist” associations are like AHRI, who represent the profession as a whole, and advocate for the interests of ALL HR practitioners, if they are an HR generalist, or an HR specialist in a field such as OHS.
“Discipline Specific” associations are those that represent the interests of HR practitioners who have chosen a career in a specific sub discipline of HR.
typical HR sub-disciplines or specialities in Australia include: Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety and Health, Recruitment and Selection, Human Resources Development/Training, Remuneration
For each of those sub-disciplines, there will usually be a professional association that represents and advocates for those practitioners (sub displine examples)
• Industrial Relations: The Industrial Relations Association of Australia
• Occupational Safety and Health: The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board
• Recruitment and Selection: The Recruitment and Consulting Services Association of Australia.
As you can see in the Unit Guide, you are also invited to look at what the big HR consulting firms say on this.
These are firms such as Ranstad, Deloitte, Manpower, and SERCO.
• Aon plc
• Hay Group
• Hewitt Associates
• The Segal Company
• Towers Perrin