NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – Less than 1,000 Human Resources Managers have been issued with practising certificates, three years since the Human Resource Management Professionals (HRMP) Act 2012 was operationalised.
The Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) Chairperson Elijah Sitimah says just over 5,000 professionals have so far registered out of which only 859 have been issued with practising certificates.
Sitimah warns that practitioners who do not register with it by end of the year will not be eligible to practise either as consultants or employees.
He says those who breach the rules including employers who engage uncertified human resources officers will be prosecuted.
“This is a sorry state given that there are about 25,000 human resources professionals practicing in Kenya,” he said. “I see a lot of HR managers falling off their employment,” he stated.
The industry regulator will carry out an audit to identify practitioners and employers who have not complied with the Act for possible prosecution from January 2017.
“All those practising as HR professionals should take necessary steps of complying with the Act before the law catches up with them,” he said.
He said the Institute is engaging employers to have them observe provisions of the Human Resource Management Professionals Act by engaging the services of only those in its register or else risk prosecution for conspiring to violate Section 40 and 41 of the Act.
The institute has established a compliance office to deal with the HR professionals.
He said the move will affect both public and private sector.
Those who will be found practicing without IHRM certification will face prosecution, which would lead to a fine of Sh200,000 or a jail term of two years or both as provided for under the Human Resource Management Professionals (HRMP) Act 2012.
“We advise Kenyans to only engage the services of the slightly over 5,000 professionals listed in the Institute’s website and whoever his/her name does not appear in the website and yet purports to be offering HR services should be reported to the Institute for action,” said Sitimah.