Human Capital Strategist (HCS)

At what “level” of seniority is the course aimed?

The HCS course is not aimed at particular level of seniority, and we have welcomed everyone from high-potential young professionals early in their careers to newly minted Chief Human Resource Officers in the largest companies. We believe this diversity stems from the course’s mission, which is to provide a framework for thinking about and executing across the traditional silos of business strategy and all the components of human capital management, from branding, to recruiting, to performance management, retention and so on. The frameworks and best practices that enable this strategic view and superior execution are valuable to all levels, even as those with different titles act upon the information differently after the completion of the course.

Who else has taken HCI courses?

HCI has instructed more than 8,000 individuals from some of the best companies in the world, and every year, we certify approximately 2,000 more. You may see a sample of our alumni here, but suffice to say they come from all industries and sectors, as well as many countries around the world.

What will I learn in the HCS course?

The HCS strategy course is designed to do two things. One, it is designed to provide a foundational framework and set of corresponding insights, best practices and tools in all elements of strategic talent management. This is the subject of the first day of the course. Two, it is also designed to provide a concise briefings on three of the most important and current developments in the field. This occurs on day two and consists of Human Capital Analytics, Social Media in Talent Management, and Leading Virtual Teams.

You can download the outline of the course by clicking on the download link on the sidebar.

What are the career benefits of taking HCI courses?

In speaking with our members, we find that many take HCI courses to improve their knowledge and ability to solve specific problems or challenges on their desks, be they about Human Capital Analytics, Strategic Workforce Planning, or any of the other issue areas HCI covers.

Many, however, also report that they took their course to advance their careers by attaining and demonstrating expertise in new issue areas, or attaining the leading (and in some cases, the only) recognized certification in Strategic Talent Management overall (our HCS course) or specific issue areas like Strategic Workforce Planning.

Should I take the first day of the HCS course, the second, or both?

HCI members who have never taken the course should take both days of the class. Day one of the course provides an invaluable strategic foundation and framework for thinking about and managing all human capital issues, as well as scores of practical case studies and tools, while Day Two provides insight and practical guidance into some of the most timely and pressing challenges facing HCI members in any given year.

HCI members who have taken the HCS course before may take both days, but usually opt to take the second day only, which serves as a useful refresher and addresses new challenges and opportunities in the field.

Do the second day modules change year to year?

Yes. Every year HCI develops three new modules that address the issues, challenges and topics that are most pressing in that particular year. The result is a ‘living curriculum’, one that is dictated by the HCI membership and one that prepares and certifies alumni to take on the next challenge facing their organization.

How does recertification work in the HCS program?

HCS certification is valid for three years. After that time, course alumni may recertify by taking the second day of the course which serves as both a refresher and comprehensive new treatment of the three most pressing issues facing HCI membership in that year.

How does the HCS certification differ from other training programs in the market?

While there are many fine training programs in the market today, the HCS Program is unique in a number of respects. First, it is the only training and certification program that addresses strategic issues at the intersection of human capital and business. Second, it focuses only on strategic business issues and strategic talent management topics, and by design, does not address narrower traditional HR functional questions. Third, it is the only program that offers recertification in the newest topics of greatest importance to human capital executives every year. Fourth, it is not a ‘mini MBA’ covering all or many facets of introductory management (finance, basic business strategy, supply chain, etc.) Instead, it focused only on issues at the intersection of business and strategic talent management. And finally, we believe it is unique in the quality of its faculty, and the rigor of the research and case study case base from which it draws.

Is the HCS only an HR Certification?

To the best of our knowledge, the HCS is the only certification of knowledge in strategic talent management, and so it is a critical component for HR professionals and leaders. But talent management represents the intersection of business and HR strategy, and so it is not ONLY for human resources professionals. Business leaders from OD, corporate learning, general management and the line all need to understand the principles and practices of talent management, and to apply them to create innovation and competitive advantage.

How is the HCS designation different from SHRM certification?

While SHRM certifications are valuable, they focus on traditional HR skills, not talent management principles. Strategic Talent Management is not an extension of traditional HR; it is a unique and powerful new discipline. SHRM certification programs and other HR training are often centered on the administrative and operational aspects of human resources, while the HCS designation is a measure of strategic knowledge and expertise in strategic talent management.

How long will it take to achieve HCS Certification?

The HCS Certification can be earned with a moderate level of pre-work, a two-day workshop, successful completion of a rigorous exam and a brief implementation project. Workshops are held online and in major metropolitan centers throughout the year.

Who teaches the classes?

HCI classes are taught by business school caliber faculty and seasoned talent management professionals. All are experts in the strategic concepts and practical applications of talent management, and meet HCI's highest professional standards.

What support is available?

HCI instructors are with you at every step in your journey toward achieving your HCS designation. They are invaluable advisors and mentors for your Practicum, as well as for real-world challenges. HCI is also a global community of progressive, talent-focused leaders: Your HCI membership includes access to more than 300 expert advisors through our Learning Tracks, plus a network of more than 195,000 fellow members worldwide.