Human Capital Leaders in Education Certification

Battelle for Kids, in collaboration with the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA), is pleased to announce the development of a certification program for human capital leaders in Pre-K12 education.


HCLEBadgeAs many school districts struggle to recruit and retain top talent and ensure equitable access to excellent educators, schools need knowledgeable and skilled human capital professionals now more than ever. The Professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pHCLE) certification program is rooted in new professional standards that outline the competencies that human capital leaders should master to:

  • Develop comprehensive human capital management systems (HCMS)
  • Manage key human capital decisions, in areas, such as workforce planning, recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, and professional development
  • Balance strategic and transactional HR practices
  • Build a cohesive HCMS through branding and communication
  • Maximize the use of data for continuous improvement
  • Implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and other state and federal policies impacting human capital in education
The HCLE standards were informed by feedback from hundreds of educators from across the country, including AASPA and its state affiliates. Download a copy of the standards. 
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Battelle for Kids worked with AASPA to develop blended and online professional learning around the standards, which can help human capital leaders prepare for the pHCLE certification exam. We piloted the learning through a series of face-to-face workshops with human capital leaders from Arizona, Iowa, Oregon, and Texas. Two cohorts of nearly 70 human capital leaders from 21 states have also signed up to participate in online learning pilots, April 3‒May 31 and June 5‒August 4, 2017. 


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Who can benefit from the HCLE Certification program?

  • District and building leaders
  • Human capital/HR staff or professionals interested in pursuing this career path
  • Teachers and teacher leaders
  • Public, private, and charter school executives and department directors
  • State departments of education and other education-related government employees
  • Career changers
The HCLE program provided me with invaluable resources that allowed me to return to my District and establish processes with immediate positive results. Many times, HR professionals do not see themselves as having an impact on student achievement, but we have a profound and direct impact on the quality of the teachers who are hired and placed in classrooms every day and that impacts student achievement!
Steffanie Frost, Director of Human Resources, McMinnville School District, Oregon