I've been working for the last 8-10 years with the remit of 'Director of Finance and Resources' in small organisations within which about 40-50% of my time is spent on HR issues. These vary from all operational issues directly (such as recruitment, dealing with performance issues, payroll/pensions etc) to more advisory roles advising other staff on managing HR within their teams, advising and planning our approach on HR issues such as training, appraisals, benefits, staff development/retention etc at SMT level. We appreciate that as a charity, our staff are our biggest asset and keeping them happy and engaged is key to our success in meeting our charitable objectives.
Currently I only have access to the CIPD site via our organisational 'Affiliate' membership. This makes accessing any additional resources much more expensive than if I had personal membership. I did look at the Experience Assessment route a couple of years ago. I had a phone conversation as the first step and while I was looking to be advised as to what level of membership could be appropriate for me to consider, they took my enquiry as to whether the fact that I did get involved with HR at the most senior level meant that I could look at the higher chartered level as being the level that I wanted to apply for. I was advised I wasn't qualified at that level but received no further advice on whether any other level was suitable.
I have considered doing a qualification but the general ones all look too basic. I've covered a lot of HR theory in my previous degrees and in my accountancy qualification which had specific HR papers. I don't want to pay to repeat what I've learned already. But the more advanced papers seem to specialise more and, while they look interesting, they seem more applicable to larger organisations where you have a more specialised role. My employer wouldn't be able to support me financially so I would need to cover the cost of any qualification myself - so I want to get value out of it.
Has anyone else been in this situation and found a solution to get their experience recognised / get personal membership? Were there any CIPD courses that you've found formalised what you had learned in the practical arena and built further on it?