Summer Update 2019
June 28, 2019
Summer is officially here! For some members, it means clearing off the work desk and embarking on summer vacation. For others, it means an equally enjoyable staycation. For CPHR Saskatchewan, this is the time of year I send a year-end message, but since the year-end has changed to April 30th, I will call this the “Summer Update”.
It has been yet another busy and successful year for CPHR Saskatchewan.
CPHR Saskatchewan remains focused on delivering quality learning opportunities to the membership, with the premiere learning event being the annual Conference. The 12th Annual Conference in Regina was a great success and I look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon at the World Trade Center at in Prairieland Park on October 1-2, 2019 for another great event.
This year, CPHR Saskatchewan entered into notable, professional development partnerships with the following organizations, for the purpose of providing members with enhanced learning experiences: MLT Aikins, Cannabis Learning Series, Canadian Payroll Association, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board, and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, to name a few. Continue to visit the Learning Calendar to review and register for partnered events.
Flexible, credible learning opportunities are a continued focus for CPHR Saskatchewan. In-person educational opportunities were offered in 6 Saskatchewan cities this year in addition to 35 webinars (24 FREE!) and over 55 modules on the PD on Demand learning platform.
This year, CPHR Saskatchewan celebrated the future of the HR profession and awarded HR scholarships to graduating students from each of the following educational institutions: University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. The Association welcomes the award recipients to a strong membership of 1,200+ HR leaders in the province of Saskatchewan. Leadership continues to be built and strengthened through the Mentorship Program where, this year, over 60 members committed to supporting another member in the development of their career.
One of two significant changes CPHR Saskatchewan undertook this year was the introduction of new CPHR Designation Pathways; which include a HR Diploma and the accreditation of post-secondary academic institutions which will allow individuals to waive the NKE. These alternative pathways were approved by the CPHR Saskatchewan Board of Directors to ensure alignment with CPHR Canada member associations and acknowledge the recommendation of CPHR Canada’s National Standards Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the research and best practice of the designation. Each pathway recognizes the importance of both Human Resources specific education and Human Resources professional level experience aligned to the CPHR Competency Framework.
The second significant change, was the introduction of new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. Effective January 1, 2019, CPHRs now require a minimum of 60 hours of continuing professional development over a three year rolling period and a minimum of 10 hours per calendar year across five categories. These requirements are designed to allow CPHR Professional members more flexibility in participating in CPD to accommodate work and life demands, elevate the credibility of the CPHR designation as it shows that CPHRs remain current in their profession by completing minimum CPD annually and ensures consistency with CPHR Canada Member Associations.
Self-Regulation remains a strategic focus. Several meetings have taken place this year and information has been shared with MLAs and legislative decision-makers. With so many stories in the news related to HR issues, the self-regulation of CPHRs is especially timely. CPHR Saskatchewan is committed to being a voice for the HR profession, and will continue to focus on advancing and elevating the HR profession in Saskatchewan.
In the summer and fall months, watch for your Association out in the community! CPHR Saskatchewan is investing, along with CPHR Canada, in ways to educate and raise awareness about the HR profession among business professionals and the public. Watch for the CPHR brand in Saskatchewan!
I look forward to seeing you at the 13th Annual CPHR Saskatchewan Conference in Saskatoon on October 1-2, 2019.
Enjoy a safe and revitalizing summer,
Nicole Norton Scott