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HR regulator to sanitise industry

BY: Graphic Business
Dr Edward Kwapong (6th left), President of CIHRM Ghana, and Dr Yaw Adutwum (7th left), Minister of Education with other Council Members after the inauguration

The President of the Chartered Institute of Human Resource Management (CIHRM), Ghana, Dr Edward Kwapong, has reiterated a buyer beware caution to Human Resource (HR) practitioners, aspiring HR professionals and the public ahead of an intended clean-up of the industry.

In response to a call by the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum, for the institute to effectively deliver on its mandate, Dr Kwapong sounded a word of caution to unlicensed practitioners to desist from running programmes and issuing certificates.

“We will sanitise the labour market and weed out these charlatans and make sure that anybody who claims to be practising HR will be screened, registered and licensed to operate as a Human Resource practitioner,” he said in a release issued in Accra and signed by the Advisory and Research Manager and Editor of HR News Magazine, Yen Sapark.

He made these remarks during the commissioning of the governing board of the CIHRM. This comes as a follow-up to an earlier one he made last week.

2022 graduands

Earlier, Dr Kwapong, who was addressing the 2022 batch of Chartered HR graduands at the institute’s Chartered HR conferral ceremony, urged all HR practitioners, aspiring HR professionals and the public in pursuit of HR certifications to beware of quick-fix HR certifications.

He was speaking on the topic, “The relevance of the Chartered Institute of Human Resource Management, Ghana – before and after the passage of the CIHRM Ghana Act, 2020 (Act 1020).”

The president of the institute, who was responding to concerns of a section of the public about the emerging proliferation of HR professional certificate-awarding individuals and firms, including some traditional universities on the Ghanaian landscape, asked about the kind of professional certificates being issued to students such that within six weeks, one was said to be an HR professional.

He reminded all that, “You know the law makes the institute the sole regulator of HR practice in this country.”

Explaining further, he said, “HR is now like the legal and the accountancy profession, where without certification from the governing council you cannot practise.”

The president of the institute then proceeded to remind the public about the enabling and parent Act, the Chartered Institute of Human Resource Management, Ghana Act, 2020 (Act 1020), that empowers the institute as the HR regulator of the practice of HR in Ghana.

To this end, he advised individuals, corporate entities and the public to endeavour to cross-check the status of such HR professional certificate-awarding institutions with the legally mandated regulator where in doubt.

HR Legislative Instrument

Dr Kwapong, thus, called on Parliament and the government to help in facilitating the quick passage of the Legislative Instrument (LI) to help the Chartered Institute of Human Resource Management, Ghana to be able to operationalise the act and to assert itself.

Concluding his presentation, Dr Kwapong, who referenced the fast-changing workplace, impressed upon the newly qualified HR professionals to keep themselves abreast of the changing demands in the world of work by advancing themselves in areas such as research and development, information technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality.

HR Legislative Instrument

Dr Kwapong, thus, called on Parliament and the government to help in facilitating the quick passage of the Legislative Instrument (LI) to help the Chartered Institute of Human Resource Management, Ghana to be able to operationalise the act and to assert itself.

Concluding his presentation, Dr Kwapong, who referenced the fast-changing workplace, impressed upon the newly qualified HR professionals to keep themselves abreast of the changing demands in the world of work by advancing themselves in areas such as research and development, information technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality.

About CIHRM

Established in 1978 and registered as a professional body in 1981, the hitherto Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners, now Chartered Institute of Human Resource Management, Ghana following the presidential assent of the CIHRM Ghana Act in August 2020, is the body corporate clothed with the power and responsibility to regulate the practice of human resource management and related matters in the country.

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Functions of the Institute

Section 3 of the CIHRM, Ghana Act , 2020 (Act 1020)

Promote the training and advancement of human resource management;

Undertake and promote research in the discipline of human resource management;

Promote public private partnerships in respect of human resource management activities;

Conduct professional examinations for the registration of human resource management practitioners