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Certification - 2015

There are two different human resources certifications available to HR professionals.
  • SHRM
  • HRCI 
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 
SHRM Certification
SHRM offers two levels of certification:
  • SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) 
Key benefits of the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP
  • Are 100% focused on the competencies and knowledge all HR professionals need to lead in today’s business community.
  • Are based on a single, comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) and are relevant worldwide, giving professionals the recognition and flexibility to use their knowledge, skills and competencies anywhere their career takes them.
  • Are competency and knowledge based - to ensure the professional’s ability to demonstrate what they know, and what they can do with their knowledge in a variety of situations they encounter.
  • Are based on in-depth research focused on —and backed by— global employers and business leaders and reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession.
  • Recognize diversity in the HR profession. 
Certification Handbook: http://forms.shrm.org/forms/shrm-certification-handbook
To obtain information on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, go to www.SHRMcertifications.org and click on “Learn More”.
If you are Currently Certified:
SHRM Online Tutorial Pathway
If you are a current holder of an HR generalist certification (including: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, and IPMA-CP*) or obtain your certification by January 31, 2015, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification—at no cost—by completing the following three simple steps between January 5 and December 31, 2015:
  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics*.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies**. 
*For information on the SHRM Code of Ethic:  http://www.shrm.org/about/pages/code-of-ethics.aspx
**SHRM Online Tutorial - http://www.shrm.org/certification/pathway/pages/default.aspx
Once you complete this process, you will earn the new SHRM credential and begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle.

You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM Certification.
For more information, please go to www.SHRMcertification.org and click on “I’m a Certified HR Professional”.
Seeking HR certification for the first time?
Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.
Exam Preparation
The new SHRM certification preparation materials (Learning System) are available for self-study. http://www.shrm.org/certification/learning/pages/default.aspx
SHRM seminars and education partner programs begin January 2015
The SHRM certification exam will be open for registration January 1, 2015.
Eligibility Criteria: http://www.shrm.org/certification/about/eligibilitycriteria/pages/default.aspx
Exam Fees: http://www.shrm.org/certification/about/examfees/pages/default.aspx
Apply for Exam: http://www.shrm.org/certification/apply/pages/default.aspx
Application Deadlines and Exam Windows:http://www.shrm.org/certification/about/deadlinesexamwindows/pages/default.aspx
Testing Locations: http://www.shrm.org/certification/about/testinglocations/pages/default.aspx
For information on SHRM certifications –go to www.shrmcertification.org  and click on “I am Seeking Certification”.
SHRM Recertification
Once you obtain your SHRM Certification, you will begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle. 
For information on recertification, go to www.SHRMcertification.org and click on SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Recertification Information.
Frequently Asked SHRM Certification Questions
HRCI Certifications
Over 135,000 HR professionals in more than 100 countries are HRCI certified through the Human Resources Certification Institute.  Holding an HRCI credential demonstrates relevance, competence, experience, credibility and dedication to human resources to your employers, clients, staff members and professional peers.
HRCI offers six certifications that provide an opportunity for HR professionals around the world, in different roles and stages of the profession, to demonstrate relevance, competence, experience, credibility and dedication to human resources to their employers, clients, staff members and professional peers.
  • PHR Professional in Human Resources
  • SPHR Senior Professional in Human Resources
  • GPHR Global Professional in Human Resources
  • HRMP Human Resource Management Professional
  • HRBP Human Resources Business Professional
  • PHR-CA or SPHR-CA California Certification 
Eligibility Criteria: http://www.hrci.org/our-programs/becoming-certified/requirements-and-eligibility
Exam Preparation: http://www.hrci.org/exam-preparation
Exam fees and deadlines:   http://www.hrci.org/apply/fees-and-deadlines
Application Process:  http://www.hrci.org/apply
Testing Locations:  http://www.hrci.org/apply/availability-and-locations
Certification Handbook:  http://www.hrci.org/certification-handbooks
For more information on HRCI certifications - http://www.hrci.org
HRCI Recertification
To remain HRCI certified, you must stay current in the HR profession and recertify every three years. There are two ways that you may recertify:
  • Accumulating 60 credit hours of HR-related continuing education activities or
  • Taking the exam again 
Recertification Handbook:  http://www.hrci.org/docs/default-source/web-files/recertificationhandbook.pdf
For information on HRCI Recertification:  http://www.hrci.org/recertification
Frequently Asked HRCI questions
Have additional questions?  Contact Susan Richardson, WISHRM Certification Director, HR3LLC@gmail.com, 262-930-6246.
Posted: January 7, 2015

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