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What is Professional Certification?

To be effective in our jobs, HR professionals must know how to deal effectively with the multiple functions of the HR field, including strategic planning, communication, workplace safety, compensation and benefits, HR development, employee relations, compliance, and emerging HR issues. Certification is a way to demonstrate mastery of this extensive body of knowledge and these competencies. 


Why Certify?

It sets you apart. It shows commitment. It's respected. It shows your expertise. Certification defines what you need to know to be acknowledged as an expert in the HR field. It sets those with the credential apart from those without it. The credential is so recognized that employers often desire certification as a qualification for an HR-related job position.

For organizations, employing a certified HR Professional can be very advantageous and beneficial. Certification shows an individual has mastered the principles of human resources and is dedicated to staying current in the field, which can serve to assure the HR function covers the bases both strategically and tactically.


Certification Providers


Established in 2015, SHRM offers two professional certifications: 

  • SHRM-CP SHRM Certified Professional
  • SHRM-SCP SHRM Senior Certified Professional

Learn more about the SHRM certifications here.


HR Certification Institute (HRCI) offers six professional certifications:

  • PHR Professional in Human Resources
  • SPHR Senior Professional in Human Resources
  • PHR-CA & SPHR-CA California Certification
  • GPHR Global Professional in Human Resources
  • HRMP Human Resource Management Professional
  • HRBP Human Resource Business Professional

Learn more about the HRCI certifications here.



Each certification has its own eligibility requirements. Proctored computer-based exams are administered twice each year at test centers throughout the world. 


Join an HRCI Certification Study Group

Need to prepare for a Certification exam? Get the support you need through SBHRA! Currently, we are offering HRCI Certification Study Groups, a complimentary benefit exclusive to our members. Become an SBHRA member, enhance your career, make connections, and join the fun!


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