HR Professionals Get New Tool

A new online training tool for federal human resources managers is the second phase of the government’s Human Resources University, a Web-based platform offering a course catalog, career guide for current and future HR professionals, and information on specific topics, including recruitment and benefits.

The new tool is meant to serve as a complement to agency learning management systems and training for HR employees.

Its mission is to help guide the career trajectory of federal HR managers while ensuring they receive the technical and core competencies they need to excel in their field.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council (CHCOC) have been working on developing the one-stop training portal for HR managers since 2009. The courses, some free and some at a cost, now are available to federal employees at the Website www.hru.gov. In the future, courses may be available to anyone seeking a federal human-resource job.

Agencies must pay for the courses that carry a fee from their own budgets.

The final phase of the project is to design a certification program for federal HR managers, combining core competencies and a standard curriculum.

The Human Resources University’s tagline is “Teaching the Business of HR.” Eventually, it will provide online and classroom courses to HR managers in the public sector. Users can register and track the courses that HRU offers, which will include a common core curriculum. OPM, other federal agencies and industry will offer various classes through the program.

“This training resource will save taxpayer money and improve the quality of our HR services,” says OPM director John Berry. “It will pool resources between agencies and reduce duplicative courses across government.”

A new online training tool for federal human resources managers is the second phase of the government’s Human Resources University, a Web-based platform offering a course catalog, career guide for current and future HR professionals, and information on specific topics, including recruitment and benefits.

The new tool is meant to serve as a complement to agency learning management systems and training for HR employees.

Its mission is to help guide the career trajectory of federal HR managers while ensuring they receive the technical and core competencies they need to excel in their field.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council (CHCOC) have been working on developing the one-stop training portal for HR managers since 2009. The courses, some free and some at a cost, now are available to federal employees at the Website www.hru.gov. In the future, courses may be available to anyone seeking a federal human-resource job.

Agencies must pay for the courses that carry a fee from their own budgets.

The final phase of the project is to design a certification program for federal HR managers, combining core competencies and a standard curriculum.

The Human Resources University’s tagline is “Teaching the Business of HR.” Eventually, it will provide online and classroom courses to HR managers in the public sector. Users can register and track the courses that HRU offers, which will include a common core curriculum. OPM, other federal agencies and industry will offer various classes through the program.

“This training resource will save taxpayer money and improve the quality of our HR services,” says OPM director John Berry. “It will pool resources between agencies and reduce duplicative courses across government.”

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