The SHRM Volunteer Leaders summit is in the books.  I have had a day or two to reflect on it and have gathered my thoughts on the event.

For those of you who don’t know me well, in addition to the HR/twitter/social media thing, I also am involved in hockey.  I am part of a board that runs a local high school hockey league, and I referee youth, high school and senior men’s hockey.  I have found many times that these things all intersect which is good blog fodder.

Well it has happened again.  While I was at the conference, I was speaking with Andrew Morton, SHRM’s Director of Social USAHockeyRefCardEngagement, and we were talking about the new SHRM certifications.  I was telling Andrew that this year USA Hockey (the governing body of youth hockey) had implemented a number of new training requirements for officials.  This year in addition to attending an 8 hour clinic, taking and open book and closed book test, we had to watch and test on over 6 hours worth of video material.   The material covered a number of new penalty situations as well as an overall change in the way on-ice officials are to conduct the games.

There is a reason for all of this. The game is changing. No longer is acceptable to punish or intimidate your opponents in USA Hockey.  The reason for that is this. USA Hockey wants to reduce the number of concussions caused as a result of playing the game. Going forward they want today’s current players to understand that the game has changed and the wreckless style of play will not longer be tolerated.  All of this requires new systems, new training and a new understanding resulting in an enlighten view of the game.

The old systems that USA Hockey was using no longer meet the needs of today’s game.  Now let’s compare that to the SHRM certifications and how the world of Human Resources has changed.

For the past several years SHRM has been saying and working to change the certification process. Why? Because they are the governing body of this, just like USA Hockey and they see the long game and understand things need to change.

They have recognized this, and acted upon it.SHRM-SCP

This has been troubling for those who like the level of homeostasis that HRCI has given to many for decades.  Well those days are gone. The new certification is here, SHRM is certifying members. We have moved on.   I think the HRCI certifications will be around for a while longer but unless HRCI can go through some radical changes in a very small space of time they will be a thing of the past.

I have my new SHRM-SCP. I am proud of it and will begin sporting it everywhere.

Now for the conference review, in my word(s) – “AWESOME“.   If you want more details Steve Browne has a great wrap-up right here.