Certification Council

Supporting the mission of HRCI®, 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 Member

Dr. Varlaro is a Professor of Management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the author of The Practice of Human Resource Management, an electronic textbook that promotes active learning, and has contributed to other Human Resources Management and Strategic Management textbooks.  

He is currently on the editorial board for the Philosophy of Management Journal and is actively involved in the North American Case Research Association. 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 and holds the SPHR® and GPHR®