The Government has introduced a plan to regulate the practice of human resource management in the country.
According to Public Service Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia, human resource practitioners will be registered and trained afresh under the Institute of Human Resource Management Act.
Prof Kobia, speaking yesterday in Naivasha, said the move was intended to weed out quacks in the profession.
Kobia said the Act had provided for the establishment of a Human Resource Management Professional Examination Board (HRMPEB) that every HR professional must seek accreditation from.
She noted that just as was the case with accountants, who are registered by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) after undergoing an industry training, human resource professionals ought to undergo a similar training and registration.
Kobia noted that the Certified HR Professional (CHRP) curriculum was approved and launched in November of 2016.
She said the Government expected anyone practicing HR Management in Kenya to demonstrate their capability by taking up the curriculum.
“We need to prepare ourselves with a sound body of knowledge and have authority and influence over the anticipated new order of HR work,” said Kobia.
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“We also need to upscale our knowledge in order to keep up with global trends and best practices,” she added.
Kobia emphasised that the HR profession was not an open boat that anyone could board.
She said the professionals ought to become students of their specific disciplines to compete with other HR professionals globally.
The CS spoke at the ongoing Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) annual conference that has brought together more than 1,000 professionals in Naivasha.
She challenged the professionals to play their rightful roles in maintaining ethics at their work places as one way of curbing the scourge of corruption.
“This year’s conference is happening at an opportune moment when Kenya is undergoing an ethical and governance transformation, when the President is championing the fight against corruption,” Kobia said.
She termed the corruption fight significant, considering that HR management was the custodian of ethics at work places.
“As HR practitioners, you carry the noble responsibility of assisting the Government to uphold work ethics and codes of conduct in all sectors of our economy,” Kobia said.
IHRM Executive Director Dorcas Wainania said the future of Human Resource was in gaining more knowledge as one continued to practice, due to the dynamism of the profession.
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