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 course, a rigorous examination and a work product 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 in Human Capital Strategy and Strategic Workforce Planning. Both are 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)

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.

Both 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 certification class
  • Pass the certification exam at a standard of 75% or greater
  • Complete the post-class work product

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 through outside educational activities, attending HCI learning events, or by completing additional courses. The accumulation of 60 credits extends the certification for three additional years. HCI credit amounts are as follows:

HCI Webcasts 1 Credit
HCI Classes 15 Credits/Day
HCI Conferences 10 Credits/Day