Business and Industry Certification Program Requirements
and Professional Development Recommendations
MDG coordinators are required to complete the Business and Industry Services Certification
Program requirements listed below. The certification program is offered by the Oklahoma
Department of Career and Technology Education on a periodic basis. However, other programs
offered by professional groups may fulfill certification requirements. Contact the Oklahoma
Department of Career and Technology Education program coordinator, Karen Gutenkauf,
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, for information on substituting programs and for just-in-time learning
Business and Industry Certification Program Requirements
The Business and Industry Services Certification Program (BISCP) is a professional
development program offered to new coordinators in Business and Industry Services. It orients
new coordinators to the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education System and local
technology center functions.
The program includes a combination of informational training sessions, a mentorship program,
and an applied learning report. Participants are required to attend two, three-day sessions,
complete the mentorship experience, and complete an applied learning report. Coordinators
are issued certificates of completion.
Attending conferences sponsored by the following organizations is encouraged and promotes
solid business practices and professional development.
1. American Society of Training and Development
2. Customized Business and Industry Services Spring Conference
3. Learning Resources International
4. Linkage, Incorporated
5. International Quality and Productivity
6. International Society for Performance Improvement
7. Society of Human Resource Management
8. Society for Applied Learning and Technology
9. Training Consortium
There are a number of nationally recognized certification programs that support the competency
and professional development requirements for MDG coordinators. A few of the certification
programs to consider include:
American Society of Training and Development Certification Programs
Human Performance Improvement Certificate (each course qualifies for one elective)
The ASTD Human Performance Improvement Certificate Program
captures cutting-edge information. The program’s six courses are
designed to provide a well-rounded understanding of the human
performance improvement field. Each course combines readings,
classroom exercises, group activities, and the opportunity to apply the
knowledge to real work situations. For more information, contact ASTD at
www.astd.org or call (703) 683-8100.
Training and Development Program (each course qualifies for one elective)
The Training and Development Certificate Program is offered through the
University of Oklahoma’s Center for Public Management and Educational
Development, College of Continuing Education, in cooperation with OU’s
College of Education, the Central Oklahoma Chapter of ASTD, and the
Kansas City and Houston chapters of ASTD. The training program is
presented in four weekend sessions (Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-6
p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.). Each session is organized in a 21-hour
format. Some outside class time is required for individual review and
class preparation. One written project per session will be required for all
participants seeking the certificate. This Certificate Program focuses on
the B5 competency areas identified by ASTD. For more information,
contact ASTD at www.astd.org or call (703) 683-8100.
Major Certificate Programs in Human Resources (each course qualifies as one elective)
Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
These certificate programs teach broad skills in such areas as
compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, health, safety,
and security and management practices. The SPHR is designed to
emphasize policy-making, while the PHR is centered on implementing
policies formed by others. HRCI plans to include a greater technology
emphasis in the next revision of its curriculum. An outline of what HRCI
considers the HR body of knowledge is found in its 2000 HRCI Candidate
Handbook at www.shrm.org/hrci/brochure.htm. For more information,
contact HRCI at email@example.com or call (703) 548-3440.
Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and
Certified Benefits Professional (CBP)
These certificates provide backgrounds in accounting and finance,
compensation management, and quantitative methods. The CCP offers a
choice of electives ranging from sales compensation to performance
management, strategic communication, and international remuneration.
The CBP’s electives cover such topics as retirement plans, health care
and insurance, strategic benefits planning, and disability management.
ACA also offers certificate programs in salary administration, executive
compensation, health and welfare programs, and several other
specialized topics. Various programs to address technology demands
are now being developed. For more information, contact ACA at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 922-2089.
Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Program (CEBS)
The CEBS program is made up of 10 courses that include health and
welfare, retirement human resource management, and compensation and
benefits. Course 10 includes a section on benefits technology
applications and legal issues surrounding new technologies. IFEBP also
offers certificates in health-care plans, global benefits management,
employee benefit plans, and retirement plans. For more information,
contact email@example.com or call (800) 449-2327.
IPMA HR Certification
IPMA draws on its HR Competency Model, which has 22 components.
The competencies are divided into the broad categories of Business
Partner, Change Agent, and HR Leader, and range from “Possesses the
Ability to Build Trust Relationships” to “Designs and Implements Change
Process” and “Assesses and Balances Competing Values.” The
emphasis is on human behavior, and there is no technology component.
The complete list of competencies can be viewed online at www.ipma-
hr.org/training/pdtrain.html. For more information, contact IPMA at www.ipma-
hr.org or call (703) 549-7100.
IHRIM HR Certification
IHRIM’s new certification program, launched in 2000, focuses on
technology in HR and the implementation and use of HR systems.
Components will include project approval, vendor selection, data
conversion, and system setup. For more information, contact IHRIM at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 321-5141.
Additional programs, courses, and certifications will be considered for elective
requirements. Contact the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology
Education program coordinator for more information.