HR Certification Information
How can obtaining HR Certifications Benefit your Career?
Human resources (HR) certification serves as an acknowledgement of your mastery of core HR principles, skills, and competencies that help make you a valuable asset to your organization and keep both you and your company more competitive. Achieving certification demonstrates relevance, experience, credibility and dedication to staying current with your expertise in HR to your employers, clients, staff members and professional peers. HR certification is the gold standard for our field.
In today’s competitive landscape, many companies now require HR certification for their job applicants. Additionally, certified HR professionals command higher salaries than those that are uncertified, especially as your career matures. In addition, certified HR professionals achieve greater career success and are awarded more promotions.(1)
How do you get Certified?
Presently, there are two organizations that offer certifications for HR professionals, both of which involve specific eligibility requirements as well as passing a certification exam administered via the certifying organization:
- The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SHRM has established two competency-based certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) for early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) for senior-level practitioners.
- The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)
HRCI offers Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), as well as an Associate Professional of HR (APHR) for college students.
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Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certifications
To meet business needs, SHRM has established two competency-based certifications:
- SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) for early- and mid-career professionals
- SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) for senior-level practitioners
The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) is the foundation for these certifications. The SHRM BoCK—the product of rigorous research involving thousands of HR professionals—identifies eight key behavioral competencies and 15 HR functional areas that are critical to the success of any HR professional. (See the SHRM BoCK for additional information.)
By incorporating key HR competencies and knowledge into the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, SHRM’s certifications demonstrate to the global business community that the credential-holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice—competency and knowledge—that are required for effective job performance.
Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)
HRCI offers seven certifications that provide an opportunity for you, and HR professionals around the world, to demonstrate relevance, competence, experience, credibility and dedication to human resources to employers, clients, staff members and professional peers.
- aPHR™ (Associate Professional in Human Resources)
- PHR® (Professional in Human Resources)
- SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
- GPHR® (Global Professional in Human Resources)
- HRMP® (Human Resource Management Professional)
- HRBP® (Human Resource Business Professional)
- PHR-CA®/SPHR-CA® California Certification (for PHR® and SPHR® certified professionals who practice HR in California)
Exam Windows and Fees
Maintaining your Certification
To maintain your certification, both certifying organizations require you to earn a specific number of professional development credits within a 3-year recertification period, or retake the exam at the end of the 3-year period.
SHRM-Atlanta keeps you up to date and earning recertification credits throughout the year! See our Calendar of Events for a current list of offerings.
(1) Source: Are Certifications Required for an HR Career?