Navigating HR Certification Changes for Both #SHRM & #HRCI

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This month was the 3 year anniversary of the conscious uncoupling announcement between SHRM and HRCI resulting in the creation of two separate HR certification programs. For those of us who were grandfathered into the SHRM certification program, many of us are just now starting to use the SHRM recertification platform entering in our recertification credits from courses, webcasts, volunteer work and other work experience.

The HR certification landscape continues to evolve as both SHRM and HRCI are making some notable changes in their respective HR certification programs which I’ve summarized below. I know that may of our readers and myself are dual certified, meaning that we have HR certification with both SHRM and HRCI. This means to different programs to navigate, enter in recertification credits and also the costs associated with maintaining both those certifications. There were a number of announcements last week as part of the annual SHRM conference both confirmed and unconfirmed. I am summarizing those changes, updates, and enhancements below.

SHRM Certification Program Changes & Updates

Although not announced yet, SHRM’s certification program is moving towards competency focused resources on helping HR certified practitioners whether they are SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certified grow and expand their knowledge in different areas of the HR profession. In the coming months, we will see a portal within the SHRM certification platform that directs HR SHRM certified professionals to resources both SHRM and offered by providers and partners by HR competency. To see a list of current SHRM competencies by certification, click here. Look for an upcoming announcement from the media relations team coming soon.

HRCI Certification Program Changes & Updates

HRCI made three announcements last week during the 2017 Annual SHRM Conference related to their HR certification and recertification programs.

#1 – International HR Credentials From HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Receive Accreditation From the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

Accreditation in the certification world is very important, HRCI has worked hard, in my opinion, helping to make the HR profession as well-thought of and recognized as possible. This newest accreditation includes the PHRi and SPHRi programs. Read more about their announcement by clicking here.

#2 – HR Professionals With Expired Credentials From HR Certification Institute (HRCI) May Be Eligible for One-Time-Only Reinstatement Program

If you have let your HRCI certification lapse and/or in expired status,  you have a one-time opportunity to have your HRCI HR certification reinstated. HR credentials that lapsed between May 1, 2013, and May 31, 2017, may be eligible to participate in the HRCI Certification Reinstatement Program and at a cost of $500. This program will only be offered between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

#3 – 2018 SPHRi Credential from HR Certification Institute (HRCI) to Embrace Greater Emphasis on HR Analytics and HR as an International Business Driver

This particular change has me excited for HRCI. They are adding HR analytics into the SPHRi HR credential for the 2018 testing window and continuing in the future. While I personally, like this change, I would like to see it extended to the SPHR and GPHR programs. I’m not certain the number of professionals certified with the SPHRi certification, I believe it is a smaller number than the SPHR and GPHR programs. HR analytics is the future of strategic human resources business partners. Click here to learn more.

HR Certification Is Here to Stay

One thing is for certain, HR certification programs are here to stay. And for those of us who are certified, keeping up with these changes will be a challenge because they are coming from multiple organizations. You can get the latest information on HR certification programs and recertification by joining one of two upcoming webinars on HR certification and recertification in June and July by clicking here.

Access on-demand SHRM and HRCI certified courses online with LEARN by Workology. LEARN makes HR recertification easy. Click here.

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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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