Number of HR qualifications continues to grow

Author: PM editorial | Date: 16 Nov 2016

Singapore Management University and NTUC Learning Hub will provide accredited courses

The CIPD has extended the reach of its HR qualifications by working with the Singapore Management University (SMU) and the NTUC LearningHub to offer more accredited courses.
The SMU has become the first university in Asia to offer a master’s degree accredited by the CIPD. It joins prestigious universities such as the London School of Economics in providing the CIPD’s accredited qualifications.
“The leading-edge programme blending the best industry knowledge drawn from our strong partners has set a new, unparalleled industry benchmark,” said Professor Gerry George, dean of SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.
Separately, NTUC LearningHub and the CIPD have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to offer the CIPD’s HR qualifications and professional development programmes in Singapore.
“We are pleased to partner CIPD to offer its courses to Singapore’s current and future HR practitioners,” said Mr Kwek Kok Kwong, CEO of NTUC LearningHub. “We do this with the hope that we can develop a group of HR change agents who can influence and shape the future of the workforce.”
The SMU’s Master of Human Capital Leadership (MHCL) has been designed in partnership with the CIPD, the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), and the Wharton Centre for Human Resources (USA), resulting in a study programme that provides professional qualifications, business acumen and academic knowledge.
Graduates will earn a master’s degree and the top-level CIPD level 7 advanced qualifications diploma, an internationally recognised qualification in human capital leadership.
Meanwhile, NTUC LearningHub will offer: level 3 foundation certificate & diploma qualifications in HR and L&D; an executive development series; and masterclass workshops with CIPD experts on HR and L&D topics.
The LearningHub programmes are targeted at existing HR practitioners, mid-career executives exploring a second career in HR, as well as individuals who want to be reskilled.
It aims to equip at least 250 professionals with the CIPD qualifications in 2017 and expects demand to increase as professional qualifications lead to better recognition, employability and career prospects.