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HR is poised to win first division status

first_imgHR is poised to win first division statusOn 10 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) areset to win the right to use the title ‘chartered’ on an individual basis, inthe same way as accountants, lawyers or engineers. The CIPD is seeking approval from the Privy Council to allow its members touse the title after a ballot of full members overwhelmingly approved the move,with 98.8 per cent voting in favour of it. Charted status was granted to the organisation in 2000, but the latest movewill allow individuals to refer to themselves as chartered members or fellows. CIPD director general, Geoff Armstrong, said individual chartered status,which could be granted as soon as October, would help the image of theprofession, putting it on the same level as other board-level functions. “The people management profession has not been treated as firstdivision for a while and this will give us equal status to some of the moretraditional jobs. “HR issues are rising to the top of the business agenda and this willreflect that,” he added. For the status to be granted, the CIPD must prove its qualification is of ahigh standard and its members must adhere to a disciplinary code and becommitted to continuous development. In order to use the title on business cards or when looking for a new job,HR professionals would have to be fully-qualified members of the CIPD. Jane Sidwell, managing director of HR recruitment consultancy ResourceInnovation, welcomed the push for individual chartered status. “I think itwill give HR more of an equal status and the opportunity to be taken moreseriously as part of the senior management team. “It will also increase the visibility of HR training andqualifications,” she said. However, the organisation’s fiercest critic, training specialist PaulKearns, said the change would not make any difference, as it would notguarantee the same level of competence seen in other chartered professions. By Ross WighamFeedback from the professionMalcolm Swatton, HR director, Universal: – “I think it is a good idea and probably long overdue. I don’t thinkthe CIPD has the same status as other professional organisations and this willhelp.” Lesley Cotton, director of personnel and development, Morgan – “Colleagues outside HR don’t recognise the CIPD qualification as muchas other professional training within the commercial world. I don’t thinkenough is known about the HR qualification, so raising its profile woulddefinitely help.” Tim Williams, HR and customer services director, Edexcel – “This will give HR higher status, and I think it is important to havethe same kudos as other colleagues. The training is just as tough as in otherprofessions.” Steve James, HR director, Deloitte & Touche: – “The move to chartered status is an extension of the work the CIPDdoes. I’m sure it will be a big step forward for the perception of HR.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more