Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) Certification

Optimize Your Talent Strategy

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Why You Should Attend

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

Reward and Recognition

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.


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.

Prevent Burnout

Develop an Action Plan

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

Additional Things You Should Know

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Earn Credits Towards Leading Industry Certifications

This certification has been approved for 13 Business recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, and SPHRi™ recertification through the HR Certification Institute. SHRM has pre-approved this certification for 13 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠ Certifications.

This certification has been pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for 13 continuing education credits towards recertification by Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential holders.

The 13 hours completed can be counted toward re-certification for any HCI certification.


The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. Human Capital Institute is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠.

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

Course Outline

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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