Every year, I swear…this will be the last year I will renew…I get no value out of the Association. And every year, I renew. Every.Single.Year. This year I will do so for the express purpose of saving hundreds of dollars on my Good Life membership.
Back in the day, when I was bright eyed and ambitious and eager to have letters after my name, I embraced the designation. I had the prerequisites; the university degree, the work experience, and so I studied hard, during a pre term labour scare in the hospital, I might add. After all this prep, and days before I went into labour for real, I sat in the exam room and wrote my exams. And I got my letters. I was proud. I had my employer print up new cards, it was an exciting and proud moment.
At some point, the HRPAO determined that one did not need a university degree and loosened the requirements to get the letters. This undermined the process that I and many others went through. Apparently I have different letters now…I am not entirely clear on why, but now I have to change my business cards again.
Every so often, I go on the website and think dear God, they have taken this concept of supporting HR professionals in Ontario and made it unnecessarily complicated and confusing. I think it is time to get back to basics with this Association, but I am not sure anyone knows what that is anymore.