3 Ways to Get #HRCI Credits Online and Continuing Education

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HRCI and SHRM combined have nine credential programs. Between the two, there are nine different certification credentials. Seven by HRCI with the aPHR, PHR, PHRi, SPHR, SPHRi, SPHR-ca and GPHR credentials. And two with SHRM, the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP.

3 Ways to Get #HRCI Credits Online and Continuing Education

Recertification deadlines are the same for both programs. Both SHRM and HRCI have recertification deadlines of the last day of your birthday month. Both certifications require that you recertify every three years to maintain your credentials. Both require 60 credits as part of recertification.

While the number might be the same, the path to getting there for each program is different. For example, both SHRM and HRCI allow for all 60 credits to come from online learning programs like the LEARN HR learning system. 

HRCI recertification requirements are flexible so you can fit them into your busy schedule, including on-the-job experience. There are also many low-cost and no-cost continuous learning options that you can take advantage of to earn recertification credits. Recertification benefits you, as an HR professional. As an HRCI certification holder, you demonstrate that you remain on the cutting edge by earning and reporting recertification credits every three years through pre-approved seminars, online materials, webinars, books, online courses, and conferences.

How to Get Recertification Credits for Your PHR, SPHR or GPHR Certification

After passing an HRCI certification exam, you are required to renew your certification every three years. You can achieve this by completing professional development activities and demonstrating professional achievement to receive recertification credits. Here are the three areas to focus on and keep track of for HRCI recertification credits.

#1 – Getting Credit for Qualified HR-Related Activities

You can get credits for qualified HR-related activities, such as seminars, online materials, webinars, books, online courses and conferences. There are programs offered by HRCI Approved Providers and organizations that adhere to HRCI’s standards and Exam Content Outlines and there is no maximum on earning hours in this category to meet recertification credit requirements. With HRCI, you are able to manually enter in classes and courses without the program number and in some cases can even receive credit for courses that aren’t pre-approved for HRCI credits.

#2 – HRCI Credits for Professional Achievements

You can earn HRCI credits for professional achievements such as implementing a new program at work, conducting original HR-related research or maintaining an HR membership. This includes work projects like a compensation analysis, new job descriptions, HR technology implementation and developing a new employee review process or employee handbook.  It’s important to keep track of these, make a list, and craft an explanation so that you are prepared prior to submittal and entering credits. New things you do at work, such as drafting an organization handbook, for example, can earn you credit. In such cases, you earn hour-for-hour credit for the work you have done. A recertifying professional can use up to 40 of the total recertification credits in the Professional Achievement category.

#3 – Creative Ways to Get HRCI Recertification Credits

Unique ways to get HRCI credits. HR certified professionals can also earn HRCI credits in things you’re likely already doing, like reading HR-related books, volunteering, speaking on HR topics, and even writing on blogs like this one. You can learn more about Workology’s contributor requirements. Self-directed learning activities are HR-related activities that have no formal structure or instructor, but which facilitate a better understanding of one or more aspects of the profession. There is a maximum of 30 credit hours in this category.

Calculating Recertification Credit for HRCI

HRCI’s recertification cycle is the same as SHRM’s. You are required to recertify by the last day of your birth month every three years. Fees are $150 for 1 certification and $50 extra for each additional certification. If you are in suspended status, you must pay an additional fee of $100. Suspended status occurs when you do not recertify within your 3-year cycle.

Besides being HR-related, your qualifying recertification activities must be at least 45 minutes in length and tie to the corresponding Exam Content Outline of a certification from HR Certification Institute®.

To calculate the number of recertification credit hours for each activity:

· Count only the educational time spent. Do not include registration, meals, breaks, pre-work, homework or other non-educational parts of the activity.

· Calculate recertification credit hours to the nearest quarter hour. For example, if a one-day workshop includes five hours and 20 minutes of actual educational time, you should round the number of recertification credit hours to 5.25.

HRCI recommends that you enter your activities into your application throughout your recertification cycle. For each activity, upload documentation that demonstrates you have completed an activity. If you are selected for an audit, you will need to submit all supporting documents for the activities listed in your recertification application. This includes:

· Certificates or letters of attendance/completion.

· Registration forms, receipts or email confirmations.

· Project documents for on-the-job experience.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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