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SHRM Competency Model

Advancing the HR Profession

In keeping with SHRM’s mission of serving and advancing the HR profession, SHRM developed the SHRM Competency Model.

SHRM’s Competency Model identifies what it means to be a successful HR professional—across the performance continuum, around the globe, from early to executive career levels. The competency model and the resources developed based on the model provide the foundation for talent management throughout the HR lifecycle.

The Premier Evidence-Based HR Competency Model

SHRM competencies support HR professionals and their organizations in identifying and developing high-quality HR practitioners who have the critical competencies needed to work our most pressing people issues of today and to deliver HR strategy to enable businesses to evolve in the future.
SHRM's Competency Model comprises nine competencies: one technical competency and eight behavioral competencies.  The model identifies the foundational competencies HR professionals need for success:

  • at the entry, mid, senior, and executive levels of experience;
  • in small, medium, and large sized organizations;
  • in private, public, non-profit, and not-for-profit sectors; and
  • in organizations with multinational and domestic operations

See the full model (PDF)

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