Certification Council

Supporting the mission of the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®), the HRCI Certification Council oversees the development, maintenance and administration of certification programs for the human resource profession, both in the U.S. and globally.

John D. Varlaro, PhD, SPHR, GPHR

John Valaro

Certification Council Chair

Dr. Varlaro is a Professor of Human Resource Management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.  He also served as Chair of the Department of Management.  Dr. Varlaro is a frequent contributor to Human Resource and Strategic Management textbooks. He is currently engaged in writing a Human Resource Management textbook, to be published in 2017.  He served as the Chair of the working group that developed HRCI’s Guide to the Human Resource Body of Knowledge, and most recently served as an Exam Forms Reviewer for the GPHR exam and an Item Writer for the aPHR. He earned his PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Varlaro also holds the SPHR and GPHR.