OPM and Chief Human Capital Officers Council Launch HR University Website

On Feb. 8, the Office of Personal Management (OPM) and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council announced the first the first phase of HR University, a web-based platform that serves as a one-stop training resource center for federal human resources professionals.

According to HR University's website, the mission is to "cultivate a culture of continuous learning and excellence for Federal HR professionals by providing career guidance, training and resources to achieve a consistently high level of technical, consulting, business and professional competency." The university was created after surveys, interviews and focus groups revealed a need for a federal-wide training center that could provide human resources training that would be consistent across government.

HR University includes a combination of classroom, online and web-based offerings from OPM and other federal agencies and private training vendors participating in the program. The courses will be offered across government for a cost.

The first phase, completed last week, was the launch of the HR University's website, which offers several OPM-approved HR courses from various federal agencies, career guides for specialty areas and success factors for HR professionals, among other things. The website offers the opportunity to register for trainings online and track an HR professional's progress to ensure the individual meets his or her training needs.

The courses will have a common core curriculum. Currently, the course catalog lists basic HR classes including conflict resolution, setting basic pay, managing the flexible workplace and hiring reform.

OPM said that phases two and three will be implemented in the coming months. Phase two includes building relationships with interested vendors that could develop and offer HR-related courses. Phase three includes developing the approved competencies and course curriculum into a certification program.

"HR University is the first step at creating a single source for consistent human resources training," said OPM Director John Berry. "This training resource will save taxpayer money and improve the quality of our HR services."

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