Succession Planning & Talent Development Certification Class -Vertical Distinct

HCI’s Succession Planning & Talent Development (SPTD) (Online)

USD 1,995.00

Faculty Instructors: Ron Thomas

Offered by the prestigious Human Capital Institute, Succession Planning & Talent Development (SPTD) is designed to help you build the talent and leadership pipeline your organisation needs for sustainable future growth. Register for this course.

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Build the talent and leadership pipeline your organisation needs for sustainable future growth

HCI believes that succession planning is an objective, intentional, and systematic effort to ensure leadership continuity by identifying and developing current and future leaders who will lead and execute the organisation’s strategic priorities. In other words, it helps current leaders and HR stakeholders answer these two critical questions: Who should lead? And when?

HCI also believes that building a strong leadership pipeline requires talent that is nurtured and developed at all levels and in alignment with an organisation’s business strategy. This is the best way to ensure individual readiness and support future growth.

HCI’s NEW Succession Planning & Talent Development certification program is designed to help you align your organisation’s succession planning and talent development efforts with your business strategy using a practical but compelling framework to guide your team’s efforts.

What You’ll Learn
Purpose Define succession planning objectives that solve for current challenges and align with organisational strategies.
Level Understand the needs of your talent segments and target organisational levels intentionally.
AssessIdentify leaders objectively with data and analytics and evaluate performance of succession planning objectives.
Nurture Develop continuously to ensure retention and readiness for current and future roles.

What to Expect
■ Online delivery in half day sessions
■ Every HCI program comes with a free toolkit, access to additional videos and research and a set of skills you can use on
the job immediately
■ Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit) and the exam in your MyHCI profile
■ Earn your HCI certification by attending all sessions, complete all classwork and pass the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher
■ Renew your HCI certification every three years by obtaining 60 credits
■ Attend this training and earn 13 HCI, 13 HRCI, 13 SHRM and 12 ATD recertification credits.


22 – 24 Jun
The online class will be delivered as such:
Class time: from 12.00 PM – 5.30 PM local time Canberra
Class faculty: Ron Thomas

Getting started
■ Welcome
■ Objectives and course agenda
■ Introductions

Setting the stage
■ Overview of Architect role
■ Align human capital strategy with business strategy
■ What is succession?
■ Purpose of succession planning
■ Burning platform for succession planning
■ Challenges to succession planning
■ HCI’s Succession Planning Framework

■ Why build a succession plan?
■ Alignment with organisational strategy
■ The current state of leadership
■ Setting succession and development objectives

■ Determining which roles to plan for
■ Historic approach to succession planning and development and where those created risks
■ How strategy drives selection of succession roles
■ Role segmentation

■ The business case for assessment
■ Determining and validating criteria for a role
■ Sources of info used in succession planning
■ How to assess
■ Dimensions of assessment
■ Integrating D&I into the assessment process
■ Assessing through talent review
■ Talent review meetings
■ The role of talent pools
■ Managing vacancies in your succession plan
■ Tracking talent inventory data
■ Assess/measure performance of your succession planning efforts
■ The use of technology

■ Trends in development
■ 6 B’s and organisational development
■ The impact of organisational culture
■ Increasing successor readiness
■ Key stakeholders in the development process
■ Competency models/leadership capability frameworks
■ Career pathing
■ Early identification of potential future talent
■ Integrating with talent management
■ Managing change

Bridging Succession Planning to Life
■ Talent readiness is everyone’s job
■ Moving stakeholders from compliance to commitment
■ Roles and responsibilities of leaders
■ Action plans
■ The unique partnership with talent acquisition
■ Metrics for succession planning and talent development

■ Best practices
■ Gallery walk
■ Action planning for the future

Why HCI?

Human Capital Institute

About (This certification-led programme is by the Human Capital Institute (HCI). The Human Capital Institute provides solutions that advance the practice of human capital and strategic talent management. A global clearinghouse and catalyst for new ideas and next practices HCI is a resource for the most progressive organisations and executives in the world).

Audience Profile(195, 000 HCI members worldwide; 18 % in emerging markets; 96 % of the Fortune 500; 77 % of the Inc 500; 52,000 mid-sized firms; 726 colleges & universities; all major federal agencies and all branches of the military).

Online Talent Communities (world’s largest aggregator of open source news, information and research at the intersection of human capital and business strategy; access to over 100, 000 articles, white papers and case studies; digital library of over 1,800 webcasts, podcasts and videos; daily feed of over 200 expert blogs).

HCI Alumni

HCI Alumni (Since 2005, more than 20,000 progressive talent leaders have taken an HCI education course. As a participant, you will receive complimentary Community Membership with HCI.)

Faculty (The course is delivered by a single approved faculty member. Faculty are assigned to teach classes in any number of locations. Changes to the schedule may arise from time to time and may result in changes to assigned faculty.)


Exam Format and Conditions (multiple choice exam; exam must be taken within six months of course completion – no extension of time will be given; exam consists of between 40-60 questions depending on which course is taken; pass score of 75%); up to three attempts provided to take the exam.

Certification (In order to receive your certification you must pass a test receiving a score of 75% or higher).

Recertification (each certification is valid for 3 year period; renewal is based on continuing education credits that demonstrate currency in the field; credits may be earned by attending HCI learning events, completing additional courses or through outside educational activities; the accumulation of 60 credits extends the certification for three additional years.

Once you register for a course, you will be signed up as a member on the HCI portal. You can refer to the “Education” tab of your online profile and download HCI’s Recertification Tracker which outlines the requirements for recertification credits.


The fees are inclusive of the cost of taking the exam and the official HCI Toolkit which contains dozens of practical job aids that reinforce principles learned in order to save time and simplify execution

Important Note

1. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit Vertical Distinct for the full terms.
2. This course is brought to you in partnership with the Human Capital Institute.

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