's Social Media and Employees Communication Program First Year Anniversary of Online Certification Program’s Institute for Human Resources (IHR), the division of online education focusing on specialized tracks of human resources (HR), just marked another program’s successful first anniversary of full online offering for certification. In July 2011, the Social Media and Employee Communications division of IHR began offering virtual conferences and webcasts presented by industry experts from around the globe. Since that launch, there have been more than 7,000 credit hours earned in 59 sessions for HR professionals focusing on social media. The Social Media and Employee Communications institute requires only 40 credit hours for certification completion, the lowest credit level and an already achievable accomplishment through live or archived webcast sessions available for free on

Professionals interested in Social Media information can network with their peers and the virtual community as well as liaise with the industry leaders conducting the sessions. If participants are unable to view a webcast in live time, the archived version is available online for credit at any time convenient to their schedule. One webcast to note as a popular example is “The uncommon sense of internal communication why almost everyone struggles and it’s no one’s fault” presented by Russell-Oliver Brooklands, Internal Communication Model.

The next virtual conference in Social Media and Employee Communications is this week on September 12-13, 2012. Registration is still open for this conference as well as future virtual conferences December 2012 and March 2013.

Check the Schedule for Upcoming Virtual Events or the Archive Listing 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 Social Media and Employee Communications, Submit an Idea here.

“ is the leader in providing the tools and techniques necessary for HR professionals to understand social media and its application in business.”
Todd G. Shipley, President and CEO, Vere Software

The Advisory Board is made up of industry experts with access to the latest technology, best practices and thought leaders in their space. They are responsible for guiding the design of the curriculum, and ensuring that the material is impactful and relevant in today’s business conditions. Ongoing searches continue to maintain a dynamic mix of highly qualified HR executives in the Social Media and Employee Communications space. Interested applicants may contact Colleen Peck at The Advisory Board is expanding and currently comprised of the following professionals:

Yvette Cameron, Constellation Research
Maren Hogan, Marenation
Courtney Hunt, PhD, Renaissance Strategic Solutions
Todd Shipley, Vere Software
Bret Starr, Starr Conspiracy
David Stein, Rypple
Dr. Karie Willyerd, SuccessFactors
Steve Wylie, UBM TechWeb Inc
Lisa Zilinski, University Of South Florida

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About The Institute for Human Resources (
IHR focuses on education, online certification, and career development in the HR profession. IHR currently covers 20 key HR verticals ranging from Social Media, Online Staffing and Sourcing, Integrated Talent Management, Leadership 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

Colleen Peck
Facilitator — Social Media and Employee Communications,
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