Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) Certification

Optimize Your Talent Strategy

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Forecast and plan the workforce your organization will need to succeed in the future.

Skill gaps or shortages. Turnover. An aging workforce. Changing business models. Managing talent risks and expenses. The complexity and urgency of these issues make it feel impossible to plan more than a few months out.

You need a way to develop and implement a workforce plan that is agile and dynamic enough to help your organization thrive in today’s environment—while at the same time establishing yourself as a strategic partner to the business.

HCI’s model takes workforce planning out of the theoretical realm and gives you a methodology and set of tools that you can implement right away—beginning in class. 


What You'll Learn

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Assess Your Organization’s Readiness

Find out where you stand so you can successfully implement and sustain workforce planning.

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Align Your Strategy

Segment roles according to your organization’s strategy.

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Scan the Environment

Look for internal and external factors that affect your ability to put the right talent in place.

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Construct Data-Based Scenarios

Imagine what the future holds so you can prepare for it.

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Develop an Action Plan

Compare where you are now with where you want to go. Make and monitor a plan to close the gaps.

What to Expect

  • COVID NOTICE: Due to ongoing uncertainty related to Covid-19, we encourage all in-person course attendees to avoid making non-refundable arrangements for travel and accommodations.
  • Select training dates and times that fit your schedule
  • Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit), and the exam in your MyHCI profile 
  • Chat and interact with your facilitator and peers via Zoom platform available on mobile or desktop for the virtual training option
  • Earn your HCI certification by attending all of the sessions, complete all classwork, and pass the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher 
  • Renew your HCI certification every three years by obtaining 60 credits 
  • Attend this training and earn 13 HCI, 13 HRCI, 13 SHRM, and 13 ATD recertification credits

Earn Your Human Capital Strategy Credential 


This certification is part of HCI's Human Capital Academy program, designed to help you build in-demand capabilities, advance your career, and lead the future of HR. Click the link below to learn more about the other certification programs in the Academy and the special pricing available. 

Learn How to Earn a Human Capital Strategy Credential >

Course Outline

Day 1

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Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) in Context
  • Discover the context of strategic workforce planning 
  • Distinguish between operational and strategic workforce planning
  • Evaluate your organization’s strategic workforce planning readiness
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HCI’s SWP Model
  • Align workforce planning to your organization’s strategy
  • Segment roles to identify the most strategic roles for your workforce planning efforts
  • Scan the environment for internal and external factors that impact your organization’s ability to carry out its strategy
  • Conduct a current state analysis of your most strategic roles
  • Construct scenarios that help your organization prepare for the future

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Day 2

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HCI’s SWP Model
  • Construct scenarios that help your organization prepare for the future (continued from Day 1)
  • Identify gaps between current and future states
  • Create an action plan to fill gaps; track progress of the plan
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Bringing SWP to Life
  • Implement and sustain strategic workforce planning by applying the practices of high-performing organizations in six key areas
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Next Steps
  • Plan your next steps to bring strategic workforce planning to your organization or to improve your existing process

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