Human Capital Institute Helps Business Leaders Improve Skills, Enhance Careers and Transform their Organizations with Human Capital Strategist (HCS™) Professional Designation

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The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global education and professional association that defines excellence and establishes standards for the new business science of strategic talent management, now offers business professionals opportunities to expand their knowledge and transform their organizations through participation in the one-of-a-kind Human Capital Strategist (HCS™) Designation Program. The HCS designation, which indicates an individual has attained the highest level of qualification in human capital and talent management, is available exclusively through HCI's online Center for Human Capital Excellence, http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org.

We count HCS designees in major industries including insurance, airlines, financial services, consulting, utilities, technology and others.

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global education and professional association that defines excellence and establishes standards for the new business science of strategic talent management, now offers business professionals opportunities to expand their knowledge and transform their organizations through participation in the one-of-a-kind Human Capital Strategist (HCS™) Designation Program. The HCS designation, which indicates an individual has attained the highest level of qualification in human capital and talent management, is available exclusively through HCI's online Center for Human Capital Excellence, http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org .

"Professionals at all organizational levels, from the C-suite and HR leaders to sales executives and line managers, are realizing that talent management skills are critical to success in the global marketplace," said David Forman, HCI's Chief Learning Officer. "The HCS Program provides a solid grounding in strategic talent management and teaches how to implement leading-edge strategies in a variety of real-world situations."

HCS: A LIVING PROGRAM GROUNDED IN RESEARCH
The HCS and Master HCS (MHCS) designations were created for individuals seeking to deepen their professional knowledge and skills through both classroom education as well as real-world, practical applications. Based on the emerging science of talent management, the HCS designation is the only program of its type requiring students to complete a practicum in which they apply their learning to real-life business problems.

HCI's blended learning approach focuses on the eight integrated components of the talent lifecycle. It exposes designees to talent management theories and practices, including learning online, through written research and case studies, by collaborating with other professionals, and through executing an operational aspect of a human capital plan and talent initiatives within their organization. Students enrolled in the designation programs include executives, professionals and consultants, as well as employees of various functional areas such as human resources, human capital and talent management, business line management, recruiting and learning and development.

"The HCS designation program is dedicated to putting into practice the concepts and skills learned during coursework, through research and during collaborative discussion with mentors and fellow students," said Doug Lyons, HCI's Chief Operations Officer. "Every course has not only content, but follow-up action and activity related to the course topic. From day one, the HCS designee can immediately deploy new learning in the work environment, thanks to a variety of tools, playbooks, workbooks, activities, exercises and other assignments. HCS designees really learn to live the talent mindset: Throughout the program they resolve real problems with practical solutions, learned in class and applied at work."

HCS AND MHCS COURSEWORK AND SPECIALIZATIONS
HCI awards the HCS designation to individuals and collaborative teams who demonstrate a commitment to understanding and utilizing talent strategies and best practices in their organizations. Participants begin the program with two Leadership Transformation courses, followed by their choice of one of three function courses. Courses are delivered onsite or via HCI's Online Center for Human Capital Excellence by seasoned practitioners and graduate school faculty. Expert mentors provide encouragement and coaching throughout the program.

After completing required coursework and satisfactorily passing exams, each candidate must also complete a Human Capital Plan and Practicum: a small-scale case study of how the student has effectively applied what he or she has learned in the real business environment.

HCS recipients who wish to further refine their knowledge may complete a 5-course specialty Certificate in Strategic Human Capital Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategic Talent Leadership or Recruitment Leadership. Upon satisfactory completion of the Certificate, which consists of five specialized courses, candidates are awarded the Master HCS certification.

All courses leading to the HCS designation are also approved for Human Resource Certification Institute [HRCI] recertification credit.

"I continue to be impressed by the caliber of HCS candidates and recipients, and the organizations they represent," said Forman. "We count HCS designees in major industries including insurance, airlines, financial services, consulting, utilities, technology and others." Some leading organizations with on-staff HCS designees include Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, Chevron, Countrywide Financial, Pepperdine, United Airlines and the U.S. Army.

More information about the HCS and MHCS designations, and HCI's education and research tracks, is available at http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org or by calling Member Services at 1-866-538-1909.

ABOUT THE HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE
The Human Capital Institute (HCI) is a global network of more than 115,000 members in 40 countries committed to shaping the world's new talent economy. Leaders, executives, and practitioners in HCI's network represent organizations of all sizes across public, charitable and government sectors, and collaborate on the next practices in strategic talent management. Through communities, education, events and research, HCI provides actionable, results-driven solutions to help members foster talent advantages to ensure organizational change for competitive results. In tandem with HCI's training, peer-to-peer learning, and public and private research on talent management best practices, the HCI Human Capital Strategist designation sets the bar for expertise in talent strategy, acquisition, development and new economy leadership. http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org

ABOUT THE HCS DESIGNATION
HCI's Human Capital Strategist (HCS) designation is a professional designation that indicates an individual has attained the highest level of qualification in human capital and talent management through rigorous study, examinations and practical application. Two levels of designation, HCS and Master HCS, are available exclusively through HCI's online Center for Human Capital Excellence, http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org.

PRESS CONTACT
Human Capital Institute
Laura Polas
866.538.1909
press @ humancapitalinstitute.org

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