Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, issued a memo on Wednesday implementing the Delegated Examining Certification Program for human resources practitioners seeking work with the federal government.
The new program requires HR practitioners to undergo a certification assessment and removes the mandatory requirement for OPM Delegated Examining Training. The program will also offer an updated training course which includes scenario-based activities as well as a capstone exercise.
According to the memo, OPM has decentralized its responsibilities for overseeing competitive civil service examinations and is continuing to “implement strategies to close the skills gaps” of federal HR specialists. Practitioners with a Delegated Examining Certification that will expire in April through August of this year must take a recertification assessment until Sept. 30.