The straight answer - to elevate the
credibility of the human resources profession.
For HR to be seen as a profession on
par with other leading professional groups - engineers, accountants, lawyers,
etc. the next step in our evolution is to become recognized as a true
self-governing professional association.
Self-regulation is not just about SAHRP
regulating members, it's about members regulating members. Obtaining
recognition as a self-regulated profession means that the Saskatchewan Government
has recognized that our members themselves are in the best position to regulate
the standards required of the HR profession, including certification standards
and standards of professional conduct. That's why we have engaged our
membership in two important policy advisory groups addressing the topics of
professional practice and developing draft regulations for self-regulation.
Becoming a 'profession' is much more
than bringing together like-minded individuals for learning and networking
events. It's important to distinguish that professional associations are not
'clubs'. While networking is often a benefit of membership, professional
associations are about ensuring qualified professionals are providing trusted
services to all their stakeholders. Professionals are needed to 'protect the
public' and this is a broad concept - protecting them from what? Essentially, the
incompetent practice (or work) related to the HR profession.
We believe it's time to prepare
ourselves and our members for the responsibility and obligation that comes with
the label - 'Professional' - and this means that change is necessary in order for
us to become a true self-governing body for the HR profession.