About The JHRS Academy


The profession of Human Resources (HR) management is changing rapidly, and encompasses a growing range of generalist and specialist expertise.  Now more than ever, HR professionals are called upon to add value to both the strategic and tactical efforts of the businesses they serve.

In line with its mission to help advance the HR profession’s capacity to help business and other organizations in Japan meet escalating business demands, The Japan HR Society (JHRS) takes upon its shoulder to establish and operate The JHRS Academy.  Its primary mission is to define, set, and evolve standards of HR practice in Japan, through foundational, ongoing, and advanced education of Japan-focused HR professionals.

The function of the Academy would be two-fold:

  • To offer continuing education programs or courses in both generalist and specialist HR tracks, with an emphasis on best practices and strengthening the HR body of knowledge, skills, and competencies to be at par with “global HR standards”; and,
  • To develop, establish, and administer a Japan-focused HR credentialing program to acknowledge mastery in the field ofHR.  In this regard, the JHRS Academy is pleased to officially endorse the two new credentials developed by its alliance partner, HR Certification Institute (HRCI), for its members and other Japan-focused HR professionals worldwide as follows:


  • Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP℠) - credential demonstrates mastery of generally accepted technical and operational HR principles.
    Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP℠) - credential demonstrates mastery of generally accepted HR principles in strategy and policy development as well as service delivery.

These credentials were developed by HRCI to validate core human resource knowledge and skills and mastery of generally accepted principles, independent of geographic region. Through demonstrated knowledge, the credentials enhance the credibility of HR professionals and the organizations they serve.

Ultimately, The JHRS Academy will offer a full range of both HR Generalist and HR Specialist topics, including but not limited to areas like Benefits and Compensation, Employee Relations, Talent Management, Recruitment, and Organizational Development.  

These courses will be offered for purposes of professional development and also for credentialing for interested HR professionals.  The JHRS Academy will draw its faculty from the JHRS membership and the community of Japan-focused HR professionals at large as well as forming partnerships and strategic alliances to educational institutions and other HR organizations. To date, the Academy has formed partnerships with Temple University Japan and SHRM.

As we go along, we will be updating this website regularly to add more information and resources and will keep you informed with any developments about the Academy. So do visit this section often!




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