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Advanced Outsourcing Certification in Human Resources to be Offered by IAOP and HROA
Indian Wells, Calif., Feb. 23 - Professionals working in Human Resources outsourcing can validate their expertise with a new advanced professional certification being developed jointly by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®) and HROA.
Announced today at IAOP's 14th annual Outsourcing World Summit® here, the new Certified Outsourcing Professional®-HR designation will enable individuals who are outsourcing customers, providers or advisers to demonstrate their HR outsourcing expertise.
"The COP designation has become globally recognized as the industry's de facto standard of excellence since IAOP introduced it in 2006," said IAOP Chairman Michael Corbett. "We are pleased to join with HROA to offer this specialized certification for HR professionals."
Said HROA Chairwoman LeAnne Andersen of Best Buy: "The HROA is committed to improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of HR outsourcing. A certification program that builds the necessary skills is a huge advantage for any HR professional embarking on a serious HR outsourcing program. Having participated in IAOP's COP program, I can attest to its value."
To obtain the COP-HR certification, professionals must first obtain IAOP's COP designation. Individuals also will have to pass a COP-HR exam and meet re-certification requirements.
IAOP will develop the COP-HR standards, application, exam and certification/re-certification requirements while HROA will develop the supplementary course material and case studies.
The associations will create a core set of HR outsourcing-related course materials and case studies for the Outsourcing Body of Knowledge (OPBOK-HR) that will be delivered to professionals seeking the certification in a live workshop format. An online workshop format also will be explored.
Under the agreement, HROA members will receive discounts on the COP application, exam, classes, workshops and materials.
The COP-HR certification is the newest in a group of expanded certification programs launched by IAOP under the Outsourcing Professional Certification Framework™ (OPCF) with a full range of certifications for individuals at every career level. IAOP also offers a Certified Outsourcing Specialist-Human Resources (COS-HR) designation for entry-level positions.
The HROA is for all those who purchase, provide, or participate in HR transformation and outsourcing. Its membership encompasses over 7,500 HR executives, including the largest 50 buyers, the top 30 providers, the leading sourcing advisors and attorneys, and the best thought leaders in HR Transformation. The HROA brings its diverse membership together to set standards and practices, provide peer networking, and maintain a robust curriculum.
The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®) is the global, standard-setting organization and advocate for the outsourcing profession. With more than 110,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP helps companies increase their outsourcing success rate, improve their outsourcing ROI, and expand the opportunities for outsourcing across their businesses. Visit www.IAOP.org.
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