Succession Planning & Talent Development (SPTD) Certification

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Build the Talent and Leadership Pipeline Your Organization Needs for Sustainable Future Growth

Succession planning is an objective, intentional, and systematic effort. By identifying and developing current and future leaders, you can ensure leadership continuity and execute your organization's strategic priorities. In other words, it helps current leaders and HR stakeholders answer these two critical questions: Who should lead? And when?

Building a strong leadership pipeline requires talent that is nurtured and developed at all levels in alignment with an organization's business strategy. This is the best way to ensure individual readiness and support future growth.

HCI's Succession Planning & Talent Development certification program is designed to help you align your organization'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

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Define succession planning objectives that solve for current challenges and align with organizational strategies

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Understand the needs of your talent segments and target organizational levels intentionally

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Identify leaders objectively with data and analytics and evaluate performance of succession planning objectives



Develop continuously to ensure retention and readiness for current and future roles

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What to Expect

  • Select virtual or in-person training dates and times that fit your schedule
  • Finish your HCI program with a free toolkit, access to additional videos and research, and a set of skills that you can use on the job immediately 
  • Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit), and the exam in your MyHCI profile 
  • Chat and interact with faculty and peers in person or via Zoom 
  • Earn your HCI certification by attending all the sessions, completing all classwork, and passing the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher 
  • Renew your HCI certification every three years by obtaining 60 credits 
  • Attend this certification program and earn 13 HCI, 13 HRCI, 13 SHRM, and 12 ATD recertification credits
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Earn Your Human Capital Strategy Credential


Build the in-demand strategic capabilities you need to advance your HR career and lead the future of HR in only 18 months. You'll take three core programs and two strategic accelerators as well as complete mentoring and an advised portfolio project. Graduates of this program demonstrate a breadth of HR knowledge and capabilities to bring wherever they go.

Learn How to Earn a Human Capital Strategy Credential

Course Outline

Day One

Getting Started
  • Welcome
  • Objectives and course agenda
  • Introductions
Set the Stage
  • 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 organizational strategy
  • The current state of leadership
  • Set succession and development objectives
  • Determine 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

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Day Two

  • The business case for assessment
  • Determine and validate criteria for a role
  • Sources of information used in succession planning
  • How to assess
  • Dimensions of assessment
  • Integrate D&I into the assessment process
  • Assess through talent review
  • Talent review meetings
  • The role of talent pools
  • Manage vacancies in your succession plan
  • Track talent inventory data
  • Assess/measure performance of your succession planning efforts
  • The use of technology
  • Trends in development
  • 6 B's and organizational development
  • The impact of organizational culture
  • Increase successor readiness
  • Key stakeholders in the development process
  • Competency models/leadership capability frameworks
  • Career pathing
  • Early identification of potential future talent
  • Integration with talent management
  • Manage change
Bring Succession Planning to Life
  • Talent readiness is everyone's job
  • Move 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

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