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There are two basic types of standardized certification for HR Professionals. One requires the HR person to successfully complete a course of study and thereby receive recognition in that field of study. Another involves both successful results during standardized testing with or without a formal completion of a study course, plus a component of proven experience in the HR field as part of the credentialing. In this latter type, periodic recertification is typically required also.
CERTIFICATION REQUIRING BOTH HR EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE
The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) oversees the nationally recognized standards set by individuals working in the HR profession. HRCI currently offers testing and application requirements to achieve certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). As of November 2005, 4 professionals in NC had earned their GPHR;1269, their PHR; and 1128, their SPHR. At that time almost 80,000 HR Professionals had achieved Certification.
The PHR examination is appropriate for HR professionals with two to four years of exempt-level HR work experience and the SPHR is appropriate for those with at least six years of exempt-level HR experience. The PHR exam consists of HR generalist information at the operational/technical level. The SPHR exam addresses HR generalist information at the strategic and policy level. For professionals with experience in developing/implementing global HR strategies, managing operations overseas and international assignment management, the GPHR exam is available. The HRCI web site has extensive information about the PHR, SPHR and GPHR certifications, including a Commonly Asked Questions page.
Recertification is required every three years to retain the designations. Recertification is accomplished through either accumulating and documenting “60 educational hours through continuing education, instruction, on-the-job experience, research and publishing, leadership activities, or membership in a national or international professional organization such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), or by” re-examination.
Preparing for your Certification Exam Our association leadership can assist you in finding training to prepare you for testing. Please contact:
Karol Dewitt, SPHR | HR Manager | DoleFresh Vegetables
220 Southridge Pkwy | Bessemer City, NC 28016 | 704.629.0035 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of other CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRING A COURSE OF HR STUDY
WorldatWork is a not-for-profit professional membership association focusing on “knowledge leadership in compensation, benefits and total rewards. More than 250 WorldatWork faculty (practitioners in the field, consultants, and educators) teach courses worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, Finland, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. WorldatWork offers three professional certifications to its members.” They have more than 14,500 HR professionals worldwide that have earned certifications.
Certified – Compensation Professional – CCP®
Certified – Benefits Professional – CBP®
Global – Remuneration Professional – GRP®
Work-Life – Certified Professional – WLCP®