HR Accreditation

HR Accreditation

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Singapore HR Accreditation Framework


HR has been an established profession for a long time. The past few years have seen significant changes in the perception and outlook of HR by corporate leaders. Today, HR is viewed as a key player in driving corporate success and customer satisfaction, and no longer just a support function. It is becoming an increasingly vital function in many organisations and businesses, playing the critical role in the sourcing, allocation and application of personnel, expertise and human resources for efficient and productive endeavours.

SHRI recognises and acknowledges the significant contributions the HR profession has made, and continues to make, to many organisations and businesses. With the increasingly competitive and complex business environment, the way forward for HR professionals is to acknowledge and respond to such challenges by sustaining and improving their own competitive advantages.

The HR profession needs to establish itself as a credible brand – through accreditation so as to raise its recognition, standing and reputation. To do precisely that, SHRI took the initiative to establish HR as a brand through accrediting HR practitioners in Singapore so as to raise the profession to meet avowed standards and practice.

“We must make an effort to raise the level of HR practice in Singapore. It is not easy for individuals to adjust to constant and rapid change on their own. A strong and capable HR community can be the catalyst and change agents to initiate and implement people development efforts in organisations, and help build stronger capabilities amongst our business leaders and managers.”

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

In December 2003, SHRI commenced a comprehensive study on the accreditation of the HR profession in Singapore. We reviewed the practices of accreditation bodies in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United States. We analysed the HR accreditation and certification schemes in various jurisdictions. We also looked into the Body of Knowledge Framework as promulgated after World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA). This Body of Knowledge Framework presents a broad overview of the various competencies needed and expected of HR practitioners.

As part of the comprehensive study, SHRI commissioned a survey of HR practitioners and CEOs, seeking their views and opinions on the competencies and practices that are significant and crucial to the HR profession in Singapore. The survey also sought inputs on the appropriateness and practicality of available assessment methods.

From this comprehensive study, SHRI developed a Singapore model of accrediting HR practitioners. This Singapore model adopted the best worldwide HR practices and takes into account local needs. The model was presented to senior practitioners in Singapore in several dialogue sessions to iron out the kinks in the model. This resulted in the Singapore HR Accreditation Framework, which SHRI proudly presented to the HR profession in Singapore.

Since 2014, the HR Accreditation Board has reviewed the framework and has since revised it to act as an umbrella framework that encompasses various functional and technical competency based standards in Singapore and across the globe. Aside from functional and technical HR areas, this framework includes an assessment of personal core attributes and people management skills that aids in upholding a higher ethical standard and values that goes beyond competencies alone.


Why HR Accreditation?

  • Increasing importance of HR developments and standards
  • Lack of branding and recognition of the HR profession


  • To promote the use of the accreditation standard amongst organisations as being vital for their business success
  • To help build an HR brand for Singapore
  • To enhance the standing of the HR Profession
  • To establish a clear roadmap for competency and knowledge acquisition
  • To raise the standards of HR


  • Enhance the image and professional standards of human resource management and development practices in organisations
  • Ensure HR standards and capabilities for organisational and individual growth