Professionalization of Human Resource Management in Germany

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Professionalization of Human Resource Management in Germany


Heuer, Katharina, People & Strategy


In Germany, there are several opportunities for studying HR management, either by taking HR classes at a university or acquiring qualification through professional development. In 2005, in collaboration with experts from industry, science, and consulting, the German Association for People Management (DGFP) developed the training program ProPro--Professionalization of Human Resources Management. Meanwhile more than 1,800 participants have completed this training successfully. Through the training program, DGFP has been able to establish standards for professional human resource management in the market within the last decade. The main idea is that the professional HR management has a sustainable impact on the success of a company. ProPro prepares an individual for the complexity of HR management, brings transparency to its challenges, and highlights all HR areas.

To be eligible for ProPro, participants must be in am HR manager position, HR administrator, or HR operator role. ProPro is available for members and nonmembers to participate in. However, nonmembers pay a higher rate. Up until now, every professional who has started the program has finished it successfully.

Primary HR Policy Areas

The program has a strategic approach, practical structure, and modular design. The DGFP concept of integrated and professional HR management is based upon 12 strategic and employee-related HR policy areas that form the HR-political framework of all success-relevant HR activities of a company. These HR policy areas are the basis of the DGFP standards for integrated, professional HR management and are also the underlying structure of the DGFP ProPro Training Courses (see graphic).

Target Group, Learning Methods, and Examination

The DGFP is offering on the one hand the training course "ProPro Professional" for HR functional specialists and on the other hand the training course "ProPro Executive" for heads of HR management.

Over the course of 15 days, attendees use different learning methods, from individual to group work, case studies, role-playing games as well as self-reflection. In addition to that one can use the ProPro Professional Learning Platform, an online tool which allows a very individual and flexible learning. The online tool provides individual and autonomous learning phases. The Professional Learning Platform offers the possibility to prepare the learning content of ProPro in advance or to revert to the content of the modules. …

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