Ep 162 – The Value of HR Certification: Pay and Career Trajectory

the value of hr certification, part 2

I’m on a mission to find out more about the value of HR certification. At Workology, we’re a proud approved provider of both SHRM and HRCI certifications. I’m also excited because, starting in 2019, we will offer SHRM Prep Courses online.

I believe HR certification is an important part of the HR industry. A Payscale study published in 2018 found that HR certifications help establish a great HR foundation. Nearly sixty-percent of Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) from the survey have an HR certification, while more than half of Vice Presidents of Human Resources have HR credentials. The survey also found that HR certifications have an impact on your compensation levels.

Episode 162: The Value of HR Certification, Part 2

Before we dive into the podcast, I want to take a moment to thank our podcast sponsor, ClearCompany. Now, let’s talk to two more HR professionals who are certified and hear from them on the value of HR certification and how it has impacted their career. I’m talking about both SHRM and HRCI certifications here. The goal is to provide someone who is thinking about taking their HR certification exam with insights from seasoned HR professionals.

Meet Phidelia Johnson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Phidelia Johnson is the Director and Strategic Human Resource Business Partner at Pac J Investment Services. Phidelia shares with us her background in hospitality and how she used her HR certification to move into other industries and experiences in HR roles. Phidelia says HR certification is important because it helps her keep abreast with the latest trends in the industry and also connect with others who enjoy the industry as much as she does. 

Phidelia says that HR certification is for anyone who is working in the HR industry. She recommends that people get certified because it exposes you to different areas of human resources such as mergers and acquisitions, which has been helpful for her in her career. Connect with Phidelia on LinkedIn.

Meet Anthony Paradiso, MS, SHRM-CP

Anthony Paradiso is a HR Business Partner at Industrial UI Services. Anthony is an active SHRM member and currently is the head of diversity and inclusion for the Garden State Council SHRM. He has a distinguished HR career and very recently obtained his SHRM-CP HR certification. Anthony says that the learning process is extremely important in gaining the knowledge you need in order to work in HR. He also shares that he did not pass the SHRM-CP exam the first time. I think this something we don’t often talk about. While pass rates for the SHRM-CP are 70% at present, there are those who take the test and do not pass the first or even second time. Anthony bravely shares this and reminds us that certification is about the learning, not necessarily the letters at the end of your name.

Be sure to listen to the podcast interview to hear study tips and best practices from Anthony. He has great insights, having just taken the SHRM HR certification exam. Connect with him on LinkedIn

HR Certification Improves Your Income Potential

HR certification was critical to my human resources career success, and I’m not the only one. That same HR certification study found that over the last 10 years, getting certified has become increasingly valuable to HR professionals from a pay perspective and a career acceleration perspective. In 2008, the percent boost in pay associated with having any certification was 17 percent. The percent pay boost has since climbed up and up, reaching close to 40 percent in 2016 before dropping slightly in the last two years. In 2018, the percent boost in pay associated with having an HR certification is 31.6 percent. Just some food for thought if you are thinking about getting your HR certification. Of course, I would love for you to check out our new SHRM Certification Prep offering on Workology under Product and HR certification.


HR Certifications: How They Impact Pay and Career Trajectory ~ The Payscale report mentioned in the podcast

HR Certification Basics 

How to Become SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP Certified

Workology’s SHRM Certification Prep Online Course Program 

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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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