Northern California Chapter -
International Public Management Association - Human Resources

Proud Recipient of the 2017 IPMA-HR Chapter Award for Excellence and
2017 WRIPMA-HR Outstanding Chapter Award

IPMA-SCP Certification Training - Developing Competencies for HR Success

  • 10/02/2017
  • 10/30/2017
  • 3 sessions
  • 10/02/2017, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • 10/03/2017, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • 10/30/2017, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expy, San Jose, CA 95118
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  • Please obtain discount code from CCC President at or contact NCCIPMA-HR at for additional assistance.
  • Please obtain discount code from Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter President at or contact NCCIPMA-HR at for additional assistance.

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Developing Competencies for HR Success Workshop
For Mid- and Senior-level HR Professionals


October 2, 3, and 30, 2017


Santa Clara Valley Water District
Administration Building
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

This training location is served by the VTA Route 64 bus [] and the VTA Almaden-Chynoweth Light Rail [].

Developing Competencies for HR Success is an internationally-renowned leadership course developed by the International Public Management Association – Human Resources (IPMA-HR) to provide mid- to senior-level human resource professionals, committed to working in the public sector, with a foundation for success. 

In just over the course of three days on October 2, 3, and 30, 2017, this comprehensive training program challenges HR professionals to meet the ever-changing demands of the public sector and prepare them to be a partner in organizational change and ensuring their agency remains relevant for the future by encouraging and implementing the 20 competencies of the IPMA-HR Competency Model and transform from managing “people issues” to managing “people-related business issues.”

While covering the 20 competencies, you will learn about self-assessment, building teams and coaching staff, resolving disputes and reaching consensus, creating a risk-taking environment, effective communication techniques, building trust relationships, consensus- and coalition-building skills, and more. 

At the core of the IPMA-HR Certification program is an appreciation for the 20 core competencies critical to the success of HR professionals in the public sector. If you wish to earn the professional distinction of IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP), Developing Competencies for HR Success is the foundation course - and your first step.

The program concludes with a test preparation session to prepare attendees to take the optional, 85 multiple-choice questions IPMA-HR certification examination for the IPMA-SCP designation (to be completed within 2.5 hours; see below for additional details).

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain expertise in the four major roles of HR: HR expert, business partner, leader, and change agent.
  • Explore in-depth the 20 competencies [] for success, which include self-assessment, team-building and coaching, dispute resolution, consensus-building, essential communication skills, building trust relationships, and more.
  • Learn new and effective communication techniques.
  • Discover the changes happening within and around public sector HR.
  • Network and share with peers from all over Northern Califoria.
  • Better serve your agency's leadership with enhanced skills.
  • Improve your current organizational dynamics.
  • Enjoy high-quality classroom training delivered by your local chapter.
  • Take a step toward the internationally-recognized IPMA-HR certification []

NCCIPMA-HR is proud to provide the DCHRS curriculum at the local level since 2009, and we continue to offer this exceptional training to develop the next generation of HR leaders.

IPMA-HR leadership courses are specifically designed for the unique needs and environment of public sector human resources professionals.  Become a strategic player in your organization today!


Anil Comelo, IPMA-SCP, CLRM, MPA
Deputy Administrative Officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Anil Comelo has more than 20 years of experience managing human resources functions.  Mr. Comelo is currently the Deputy Administrative Services Officer for HR and Corporate Governance with a staff of 34, an annual operating budget of $11M.  He is responsible for directing the recruitment and classification, benefits, staff development, and corporate governance functions with the Santa Clara Valley Water District.  Prior to joining the District, he served as the Human Resources Director for the Cities of Oakland and San Rafael.  Mr. Comelo also previously served as the Personnel Manager for the City of Beverly Hills, as well as held positions with the County of Contra Costa and the City of Richmond.

Mr. Comelo is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including: the 2011 Award of Excellence by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for his work on implementing an innovative OPEB solution for the City of Beverly Hills, and two 2010 Awards of Excellence for his work on Beverly Hills’s technology and organizational development programs, given respectively by the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA–HR)  and the Western Region International Public Management Association for Human Resources (WRIPMA–HR).

Mr. Comelo currently serves as the President of the California Public Employers’ Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA).  He has previously served as a Board Member of the California Joint Public Risk Management Association (CJPRMA) as well as for Regional Government Services/Local Government Services (a Joint Powers Authority).  Mr. Comelo holds a Master of Public Administration in Organizational Change and Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from California State University, East Bay.

Sonja Stanchina, IPMA-SCP, CLRM, SHRM-SCP, MBA
Human Resources Supervisor, Contra Costa Water District

With more than 16 years of public sector human resources experience, Sonja currently serves as the human resources supervisor with the Contra Costa Water District in Concord, CA. She possesses an MBA in human resources management (HRM) from California Coast University graduating magna cum laude and received her bachelor’s degree in management from Saint Mary’s College with honors. Sonja also earned an Advanced Certificate in HRM from California State University East Bay, is a CALPELRA Certified Labor Relations Master (CLRM), a Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and has been an IPMA-Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) since 2009, receiving her Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) designation in 2016.

In addition, Sonja recently retired from the Northern California Chapter of the IPMA-HR Board of Directors after 10 years of service and is currently the President of the Western Region IPMA-HR, a non-profit associate serving 16 chapters of public sector human resources professionals in 13 western states. She has been an active contributor at the local, regional, and national levels of IPMA-HR and considers her relationships with the individuals of this professional organization as the single best investment she has made into her career, and the most enjoyable.


Post-Workshop Networking Social


October 30, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurant
5305 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

Following the workshop, attendees are invited to Chevys for post-workshop professional networking, happy hour, and dinner.  This event is included in the registration fee.

In addition, join the NCCIPMA-HR Board of Directors in honoring instructor Sonja Stanchina as the 2017 President of the Western Region of IPMA-HR and Anil Comelo on his new role as the Deputy Administrative Officer for Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Non-workshop attendees and all HR professionals are also welcome to attend this professional networking event ($15 for Chapter members; $35 for non-members).  Click here [LINK:] to register for the networking social only (see below for full workshop and social registration).


(3-day Course):

Class 1: Monday, October 2, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Class 2: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Class 3: Monday, October 30, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Northern California Chapter (NCCIPMA-HR) Members: $695*

Central California and Sacramento Mother Lode Chapter Members: $695*

Nonmembers: $895*

* Registration covers all course materials and the post-workshop networking social/dinner on October 30.  Lunch is not covered in the registration fee (lunch break is provided between 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m on each training day. Spaces limited to 30 participants.  All attendees will receive a certificate of completion upon the conclusion of the program. 

Attendees have 30 days following the conclusion of the program to take the optional IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP) Exam; expired logins will not be reactivated.  Expired logins or subsequent exams may be requested through IPMA-HR for an additional fee. 

Advanced Registration and Payment Required. Please register by September 29, 2017.



Current IPMA-HR Certified Professionals (IPMA-CP) and IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professionals (IPMA-SCP) may earn nine (9) points of re-certification credits.


NCCIPMA-HR is now a SHRM Recertification Provider. This program is valid for twenty-four (24) PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.


Questions? Contact Chapter President, Christopher Boucher at (510) 627-1202 or



As part of NCCIPMA-HR’s commitment to developing HR leaders of the future, and to meet the succession planning needs of our profession, NCCIPMA-HR is offering this first-ever Emerging Leaders Retreat, which is intended to expose emerging professionals to the role of a Chief Human Resources Officer (“CHRO”).  Selected attendees will participate in three consecutive days of intensive leadership training, and network with top CHROs and industry professionals.  In addition, attendees will receive individualized career coaching and leadership assessment with executive recruiters specializing in public sector placements, with the intent to prepare them for career opportunities that are in the horizon. 

Attendees of the 2017 Developing Competencies for HR Success program are encouraged to apply separately for this program, which will take place between October 27 – 29, 2017 at Harris Ranch, California.  This retreat is being offered at no cost to all participants and require a separate application to be considered.  For additional information, please click here [LINK:] to learn more and access the application materials.  The application deadline is August 28, 2017.

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