's Institute for Human Resources Workforce Planning and Analytics Online Certification Program a Great Success in its First Year

The Workforce Planning and Analytics Online Certification Program was one of the first of 20 programs launched by’s Institute for Human Resources (IHR) in December 2010.  What a year!   The Workforce Planning program attracted more than 6,300 registrations in its first year, all of which are recognized for certification credit.  During this time, there have been 89 online webcast sessions specific to the Workforce Planning niche division of HR, all of which are available for certification credit in archives.  These numbers are a true testament to the demand for specialized HR executive education and training by a rock star lineup of presenters who are known HR thought leaders in the Workforce Planning space.  Webcasts are free and available for viewing live or 24/7 365 days a year through archived access.

With 89 certification credit sessions available in the Workforce Planning Institute, participants in the program are now able to achieve the required 50 hours for IHR accreditation.  The Institute will soon produce its first certification graduates in the Workforce Planning series.

The next Workforce Planning and Analytics virtual event is coming up in April, followed by future events in August and November 2012.  Registration is open now and sessions for this event are being finalized. Check the Schedule for Upcoming Virtual Events for all programs with specialized focus in this or any division of HR.  For HR professionals interested in sharing a recent project or topic in Workforce Planning, Submit an Idea now.

One example of a popular webcast session, Measure What Matters: Harnessing Analytics for HR Excellence, presented by Brian Gaspar from Oracle and Scott Pollock from PwC, helped attendees to understand the full spectrum of next-generation HR analytic technology as well as develop a roadmap to build out their organization’s HR analytic prowess.

“Workforce analytics and planning continue to be top of mind for all business leaders and HR executives.  The need to effectively analyze and plan for future workforce needs is a critical skill required within every company. This web series provides an excellent platform for HR professionals to acquire the necessary skills to achieve success.  The calendar for 2012 promises to again deliver meaningful content and in-depth knowledge sharing with peers and colleagues across the globe.”
Brian Kelly, Partner and Global Commercial Leader, Metrics & Analytics, Mercer.

The certification and accreditation process for the Workforce Planning program is developed and guided through an independent Advisory Board composed of industry experts for each domain with access to the latest technology, best practices and thought leaders in their respective spaces.

Chairpersons:   Debbie McGrath,;    Brian Kelly, Partner, Mercer
Facilitator:   Cherise Sortino,
Industry Representatives:
Jac Fitz-enz, CEO, Human Capital Source Inc.
Anuwat Raviwongse, Analytics, Manpower Inc.
Scott Pollak, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Theresa M. Welbourne, CEO, eePulse Inc.
Jeremy Shapiro, Executive Director/HR Information Officer, Morgan Stanley
Mike Psenka, President & CEO, eThority
Mary Graham, Associate Professor, Clarkson University
Brian Gaspar, HCM Product Strategy Director, Oracle Corporation
Lois Melbourne, CEO, Aquire Inc.
Lexy Martin, Research and Analytics, CedarCrestone
Howard Koenig, CEO, Aruspex Pty Ltd.

The Advisory Board composition can shift over time as board members’ 18-month terms come up for renewal.  The search is on for HR professionals who rock the Workforce Planning world!  Interested applicants for the Workforce Planning and Analytics Advisory Board can contact Cherise Sortino at

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About The Institute for Human Resources (
IHR is the somewhat serious side of HR that focuses on education, and career development and hopeful pay of friends in the HR profession. There is no discrimination between staffing, benefits, or training people although IHR is friendly to payroll people as they control their wages.

Just because there is nothing better to do, IHR currently covers 20 key HR verticals ranging from Contract Workforce and Talent Exchanges, Workforce Planning and Analytics, Developing Organizational Leadership Capabilities, RPO, Quality of Hire, Integrated Talent Management to Employee Wellness and others.  Each program provides a full list of education, virtual events and accredited certification courses for a 12 -18 month period. Education, training and certification credits are available with “authorized partners” as well as with educational webcasts and award-winning virtual events. See List of All Programs.

For more information contact:
Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator,
1-877-472-6648, ext. 104

Cherise Sortino
Facilitator – Workforce Planning and Analytics
Search for Advisory Board Members and Content Presenters
1-877-472-6648, ext. 134