OPM, CHCO Council launches HR University website

By Jolie Lee
Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council launched the website for the Human Resources University.

HR University will be a “one-stop training resource center” for federal human capital professionals, according to an OPM statement.

The center will provide both classroom and online training. The website launch is the first of three phases in completing HR University.

According to OPM, the site features:

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  • A course catalog that incorporates OPM approved Human Resource related courses from various Federal agencies and vendors;
  • A “one stop” place to access learning, through an OPM central repository, using multiple delivery methods with a blended learning approach;
  • A common “core” curriculum and criteria that emphasize solid technical knowledge and expertise; and
  • A career guide for current and future HR professionals that focuses on building competencies, skills, and Individual Development Plans (IDP).

“This training resource will save taxpayer money and improve the quality of our HR services,” said OPM Director John Berry in a statement on Feb. 8. “It will pool resources between agencies and reduce duplicative courses across the government. And it will identify the best HR trainings across the government and spread these resources to HR professionals at every federal agency.”

As Federal News Radio reported in November 2010, the CHCO Council reversed a decision OPM made 17 years ago to get out of the standardized training business.

“When OPM stopped providing governmentwide training, a gap developed at most agencies,” said Kathryn Medina, executive director of the CHCO Council.

With the first phase of the website launched, OPM will focus on the next two phases over the “next several months,” according to the agency’s statement. Phase two will center on building relationships with interested vendors to develop courses and phase three on a certification program.