HR Training and Education

Certification Programs — Strategic Concepts, Not Functional Skills

HCI Certification Programs are designed to change paradigms and provide a new strategic framework for human capital, talent management and leadership. HCI does not teach the type of functional skills found at SHRM, ASTD or other skills-based human capital or industry associations. Our courses teach strategic concepts, illuminate new models, and encourage leaders to think differently about their objectives, priorities, execution and outcomes.

HCI offers a rigorous and challenging curriculum for human capital professionals, talent managers and executives. Each certification program is based on cutting-edge research, best practices and innovative strategies being tested on the front lines of today's talent wars. Graduates complete a pre-class assignment, two-day or three-day course and a rigorous examination that offers reliable proof of learning that will increase their operating effectiveness, personal productivity and leadership skills.

HCI is committed to providing the best educational experience for its members. Industry-leading content experts and instructional designers develop each program to a set of strict standards that ensure a consistent, interactive, effective and engaging learning experience.

Current Programs

HCI offers certifications on a variety of different topics. All of which provide foundational topics in the new business science of Strategic Talent Management.

Human Capital Strategist (HCS) Certification

Human Capital Strategist (HCS) Certification

HCI HCS is the recognized credential for strategic knowledge in talent management, and is an important career achievement for human resources, organizational development, recruitment, corporate learning and line executives.
Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP)

Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) Certification

HCI SWP is the first professional certification in this critical new competency. SWP graduates demonstrate proficiency with workforce planning, as a qualitative decision framework that underlies organizational strategy.
Strategic HR Business Partners

Strategic HR Business Partners (sHRBP) Certification

The brand new sHRBP program from the Human Capital Institute is comprised of three day-long sessions, each focused in an area critical to this HR/Business Line partnership.
Talent Acquisition Strategist Certification

Talent Acquisition Strategist (TAS) Certification

The new HCI Talent Acquisition Strategist certification teaches and designates the important new set of skills that Talent Acquisition professionals must possess in order to solve challenges and position their organization for success.
Performance Management Innovation (PMI) Certification

Performance Management Innovation (PMI) Certification

HCI's new certification, Performance Management Innovation (PMI), is designed for the new world of work. It emphasizes critical outcomes like feedback, coaching, goal setting and manager and employee relationships. It is more collaborative, social and faster moving.

All programs include uniquely developed material that synthesizes the latest research, best practices and case studies from HCI's Online Talent Communities

Certification Requirements


Candidates must have a minimum of three years business experience, or graduate-level business degree, and successfully complete the requirements for certification.

Certification Requirements

  • Complete a pre-class assignment
  • Complete the two-day or three-day certification class
  • Pass the certification exam at a standard of 75% or greater

Recertification Requirements

Each certification is valid for a three-year period. Renewal is based on continuing education credits that demonstrate currency in the field. Credits may be earned by attending HCI learning events, completing additional courses or through outside educational activities. The accumulation of 60 credits extends the certification for three additional years. For HCS only, you can re-take the 2nd day of the course and re-pass the exam in the last year of certification in lieu of earning credits. For SWP only, you may attend an SWP Alumni Workshop and pass the exam in the last year of certification to recertify your SWP. Please refer to the "Education" tab of your online profile and download HCI's Recertification Tracker which outlines the requirements for re-certification credits.

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HCI Classes 15 Credits/Day
HCI Conferences 10 Credits/Day