SHRM Certification Updates SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge

Revised, expanded document adds guidance, clarity, detail

Jan 5, 2017
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​A revised edition of the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge (SHRM BoCK), expanding and refining the original document issued in 2015 with the launch of SHRM Certification, has just been released. The 2017 SHRM BoCK, now available for download, more clearly defines and describes the behavioral and technical knowledge requirements for HR professionals and provides additional guidance to facilitate career development and advancement.

Enhancements include:

  • Updated definitions for each competency and functional area.
  • Grouping of behavioral competencies into thematic clusters (Leadership, Interpersonal and Business).
  • Subcompetencies and key concepts for each behavioral competency.
  • Three knowledge domains within the HR Expertise technical competency (People, Organization and Workplace).
  • Renaming of the Business & HR Strategy functional area to HR Strategic Planning.

Helpful additions include:

  • A glossary defining selected HR terms used in the SHRM BoCK.
  • A comprehensive list of resources on the HR profession generally, and on behavioral competencies and technical knowledge functional areas specifically.

To maintain an industry-leading level of excellence, and in compliance with industry standards, SHRM will review and update the BoCK every three to five years. Learn more by visiting the FAQ section of the SHRM Certification web site.

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