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📌  NEW Online Course! Workforce and Succession Planning


Online Course offering- Starting October 16th

***This course is self-paced and can be completed at your own pace before the last day of the course. 

There are no set times to log into the course and there are no required webinars to view. You can log in at your convenience and complete the course work. 

Approved for 6 IPMA-SCP/IPMA-CP recertification points | Awarded Certificate of Completion
Intendend Audience: 

Human Resource professionals and senior management tasked with managing the momentous transition of workforce and succession planning; and who want to learn the "Ins and Outs" of the process.

Course Description: 

This workshop will prepare HR professionals to address short-term and projected staffing needs.  Participants will learn how to develop an effective framework for a viable, effective workforce and succession planning program.

This course is divided into four Modules:

  • Module One, Introduction—reviews HR-related activities and potential pitfalls in the planning process, and includes the tools to critically evaluate your current status.
  • Module Two, Getting Started—takes participants through all of the potential steps, with case studies from organizations who have already successfully established workforce and succession planning programs. This Module includes three group exercises that allow participants to critically assess their own organization’s status and needs.
  • Module Three, Making It Work—provides a review of the many issues and concerns that can arise as organizations work through their planning process. This Module includes an exercise intended to have participants self-identify what will constitute success in their organization.
  • Module Four, Achieving Success—ties together all of the competing interests and organizational needs that will contribute to ultimate success or failure. A final group exercise is intended to assess the impacts of these factors in your specific organization.

This course will include an online Resource Guide with copies of workforce and succession planning success stories, policies, procedures and practices gathered by IPMA-HR from across the country.  This Guide will be referred to periodically throughout the course.



Richard Heil, IPMA-SCP 


Founder and President, The Curtis Group

Prior to founding The Curtis Group, Richard (“Dick”) Heil served the State of Pennsylvania as the first director of personnel for the Department of Aging, director of employee relations and development, and director of personnel for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare — one of the largest public organizations in the country with over 23,000 full-time and 2,400 part-time employees. Heil has conducted the Developing Competencies for HR Success course on behalf of IPMA-HR for a number of international entities, including the Asian Development Bank and Iraqi Ministries of Interior and Defense, as well as the Peoples’ Republic of China and the Government of Thailand. He is also the co-writer and developer of IPMA-HR's Public Sector HR Essentials Certificate program. In recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the Association and to the Public Human Resources Profession,” Heil was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership from IPMA-HR. He holds a Master of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the prestigious designation of IPMA-HR Certified Professional (IPMA-CP).