Certified in Talent Acquisition Practices
 Solution-Based Practice

Overview of this Talent Acquisition Practices Certification Program

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Learning and certification exam package

Hiring employees is an important part of any organization’s operation. In this training package, you will learn about the lesser known secrets of attracting, selecting, and retaining the best fitting candidates.

How is Talent Acquisition Practices useful?

    1. Develop a talent acquisition strategy that efficiently leads to the “best-fitting” candidates.
    2. Leverage social media to attract a diverse candidate pool and manage a passive candidate pool.
    3. Design hiring process for high-volume hiring and high-skills, high stakes hiring.
    4. Gain awareness of the predictors of job success and hiring tools available in the marketplace.

​The CTA Exam & Learning Package includes 3 courses, covering topics in talent acquisition and employee selection.

This courseware is designed, keeping in mind with the needs of talent management professionals to learn the material and maximize it in their work projects. Users have access to the HCG Learning Management Platform where they can access the courses listed below.  Lessons include case studies, step-by-step guides, evidence-based models, webinars, projects, quizzes, and mentor support.  Additionally, users have access to job aids and worksheets, which they can readily utilize in their work projects.  Read about our success methodology ►​

​Access duration for this learning package is 3 months.

    Foundations of Integrated Talent Management
Talent management (TM) is a systematic approach that more effectively aligns the resources of employees and potential employees with the needs of the business. When effective it helps address employee needs and enhances the work environment by promoting employee effectiveness.


In this course, participants gain understanding of how talent management systems can create better organizations, better talent and better career. They gain knowledge of what talent management is, how organizations benefit from talent management, characteristics of a high impact integrated talent management system and industry practices in talent management. The course highlights the benefits and costly consequences of not focusing on TM practices.

In this course, participants build capability to:

  • conduct a TM system effectiveness audit
  • identify opportunities for integrating TM practices to meet a business need
  • assist in the recruitment of evidence based TM professionals
  • identify gaps in TM practices compared to industry benchmarks


This course gives participants access to various tools and worksheets, including:

  1. TM System Effectiveness Audit
  2. Industry Specific TM Practices

    Talent Acquisition

Talent acquisition is a newer term for recruiting that signifies a strategic focus on identifying job candidates whose skills are aligned with the long and short-term needs of the organization.


In this course, participants will learn the principles of attracting high-potential and high performing candidates through integrated Talent Management (TM) practices. The course will demonstrate the importance of strategic talent acquisition programs in organizations and present the evidence on effective recruitment practices. Participants will gain knowledge about the steps involved in the talent acquisition process and the role of talent acquisition in a TM system. They will also learn about talent acquisition programs through case studies, understand the importance of employer branding and gain exposure to different talent acquisition methods.​

In this course, participants will build the capability to:

  • outline the key processes required to build a talent acquisition system
  • draft a talent acquisition strategy by engaging stakeholders
  • develop material for the talent acquisition process
  • write a realistic job preview
  • support the development of an employer brand
  • conduct activities to promote the employer brand
  • select the most appropriate talent acquisition method
  • assist in using social media for talent acquisition
  • evaluate the efficacy of the talent acquisition methodology


This course gives participants access to tools and worksheet, including:

  1. A Job Description Template
  2. A Guide to Defining Roles and Responsibilities of the Recruiting Team
  3. A Sample Realistic Job Preview
  4. A List and Description of the Top Job Portals

    Employee Selection

Employee Selection involves the assessment and identification of candidates who best fit the position requirement and the organizational culture.


In this course, participants gain knowledge about the goals of high impact hiring systems and the tools and methods used in the hiring processes. The course also builds an understanding of effective selection processes through case studies and examples. It also builds skills in monitoring and evaluating the quality of a hiring process.​

In this course, participants build the capability to:

  • gather requirements of the target job
  • write a realistic job preview
  • support the design of a multiple-hurdle candidate screening process
  • support the administration of an employee selection system
  • assist in the selection of assessments for screening job candidates
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the employee selection system


This course gives participants access to tools and worksheets, including:

  1. Example of a Competency by Selection Method Matrix
  2. Fleishman’s Ability Taxonomy
  3. A Cheat Sheet for Selecting the Best Assessment Tool
  4. A Checklist for Designing a Hiring System
  5. A Guide for Using a Job Analysis Task list to Define the Selection Criteria
  6. Example of a KSA by Assessment Method Matrix
  7. Guidelines for Selecting Assessments for Hiring

This learning and certification package includes the training segments and a certification exam.

Certification Requirements

    1. ​Complete the learning segments listed in the training tab, including the accompanying mandatory webinars, and quizzes.
    2. ​Complete projects achieving a minimum score of 70%
    3. Comprehensive Exam
      Take a comprehensive exam covering the five topics and achieve a minimum score of 70%.
      – Computer-Based Testing (CBT)
      – Multiple-choice questions selected based on expert panel evaluations

Exam dates ►

All certifications are valid for 3 years. To maintain the certification credentials, you must stay current in this area of expertise, build upon your knowledge, and grow as a professional in your field. Recertification requires retaking the exam.

Exam dates ►

How is Talent Acquisition Practices useful?

Who are the faculty for this Talent Acquisition Practices course?

Course reviews

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I have completed the CIPD certification which was way more expensive. The HCG content is far superior because of its evidence-based focus. It is also very practical. With the tools and guides made available one can easily apply the new skills.​

Bethlehem Dawit Azene

Certified in Talent Acquisition Practices (CTA)

Am I Eligible?

Best suited for

    1. Recruiting/ Talent Acquisition managers
    2. Recruiters/ Talent Acquisition professionals
    3. HR Generalists

The Faculty for this Talent Management Specialist Learning Package

Shreya Sarkar-Barney. Ph.D.

Shreya Sarkar-Barney. Ph.D.