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The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) is the HR credentialing organization founded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The HR Certification Institute works to define the HR body of knowledge and assesses candidates on their mastery of that body of knowledge. The HR Certification Institute certifies that the individual has met with distinction the high standards of education and experience, and has demonstrated knowledge established by the institute.
There are three levels of certification, the Professional in Human Resources (PHR), the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).  To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. This certification demonstrates to you and your organization that you commit to a higher standard. To remain certified, you must stay current in the HR profession and recertify every three years.
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Certification - 2014

New SHRM Competency Certification

SHRM has created a competency-based certification program for human resource professionals. The new HR certification is based on the SHRM HR Competency Model, www.shrm.org/HRCompetencies, consisting of nine primary competency domains defined with behavioral proficiency standards across four professional levels – entry, middle, senior, and executive.

There will be two levels to the new certification:
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
SHRM established a governance body called the SHRM Certification Commission that will serve as a technical advisory committee and will have delegated authority from the SHRM Board. The SHRM Certification Commission will oversee all technical aspects of the certification program, including the overall development of the exam, eligibility requirements and issuance of recertification.

Recertification and what counts toward recertification will remain the same through the end of 2014. SHRM chapters and state councils can offer recertification credits through 2015 for both the current certification and the new SHRM certification as part of their meetings and programming. SHRM will continue to support the current programs through the December 2014 - January, 2015 testing windows. SHRM will continue to offer the current SHRM Learning Systems through November 30, 2014. Beyond that, we will only offer the Learning Systems for the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.

For up-to-date information on the new certification program, the following resources were posted to the SHRM website including under the Volunteer Leader Resource Center:

CEO Update (June 3, 2014) – http://www.shrm.org/Communities/VolunteerResources/Documents/CEOMessage060214.pdf

New SHRM Competency Certification Pre-Recorded Webinar
SHRM Certification Volunteer Webinar Slides
SHRM Certification FAQ

For more on the new SHRM certification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org. Please address all questions you may have about this announcement to shrmcertification@shrm.org.

According to the Human Resources Certification Institute, more than 130,000+ HR professionals in more than 100countries proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute's credentials as a mark of high professional distinction.   In Wisconsin, there were 3,225 HR certified professionals in 2013.  This certification demonstrates to you and your organization that you commit to a higher standard.
As a Human Resources professional, certification means that you:

  • show you know the most current principles and core practices of HR management
  • become more marketable when you compete for top HR positions
  • raise your professional confidence among your staff and your peers
A growing trend in hiring practices for HR professionals is organizations requiring or preferring HR Certification for their new hires. To advance your career and enhance your professional value and standing take a look at this year’s certification exam schedule and sign up now. Join the many Wisconsin HR professionals who are already certified.
To learn more about HR certification, examination schedules, preparation course and fees go to:
2014 Exam Application Submission Dates
Testing Dates Applications Accepted Late Applications Accepted*
PHR/SPHR   May 1-Jun 30, 2014             Jan 22 – Mar 19, 2014 Mar 20 – April 23, 2014
GPHR              May 1 – May 31, 2014 Jan 22 – Mar 19, 2014 Mar 20 – April 23, 2014
PHR/SPHR     Dec 1, 2014 –
                        Jan 31, 2015
June 23-Oct 17, 2014 Oct 18-Nov 14, 2014
GPHR             Dec 1 – 31, 2014 June 23-Oct 17, 2014 Oct 18-Nov 14, 2014
All exam fees include a nonrefundable 75 USD processing fee.
2014 Fees      
Non - SHRM Member $400 $525 $525
SHRM Member $350 $475 $475
*A 75 USD nonrefundable late fee is applied to all applications submitted during the Late Application time frame.
Certifications are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years to maintain your credential. There are two ways that you may recertify:
  • Accumulating 60 credit hours of HR-related continuing education activities or
  • Taking the exam again 
To recertify through continuing education, all activities must be:
  • Completed before the three-year anniversary of your certification cycle
  • HR-related
All certified HR professionals have an Online Profile to record their recertification activities. It is recommended that you utilize this online profile to maintain an accurate record of your recertification efforts.
Beginning in 2014, a new “Birthday Rule” for recertification deadlines will be implemented.
Effective February 1, 2014, your new recertification date will be the end of your birth month. You will continue to have at least three (3) years to complete your recertification cycle. However, instead of your cycle ending in the month in which you became certified, it will be extended to the end of the month in which you were born. You will NOT need to earn more than 60 credits during this one-time initial extended cycle.
Additional information can be found at http://www.hrci.org/.
Posted: April 17, 2014

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Susan Richardson, PHR

Susan Richardson, PHR
WI State Council Certification Director
HR Results by Richardson LLC
P.O. Box 085206
Racine, WI 53408
Ph:  262.930.6246
Em: HR3LLC@gmail.com
Term Began: 1/1/14
Susan Richardson is currently a member of both SHRM and SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area chapter (SRKA).  She served 3 years as the SRKA Workforce Readiness CLA Director, 2 years as Treasurer and is currently the Membership CLA Director.  Prior to the creation of the SRKA chapter, she belonged to the HRMA chapter.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Psychology and is certified as a PHR.  She has over 30 years of experience in the human resources field.  Currently she is a business owner of HR Results by Richardson LLC, a human resources consulting business, which had been designated as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).

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