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Monday, December 6, 2010

What is Certification and Why is it Important?

Today, many HR professionals in addition to have a college or advanced degree are certified through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).  The decision to become certified is a direct result of HR professionals wanting to have additional education which will make them more attractive for internal promotional opportunities or as an external candidate more competitive.  Certification by HRCI is available in 4 categories.  These categories are:

·         Professional in Human Resources (PHR®)
·         Senior Professional in Human Resources   (SPHR®)
·         Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®
·         California Certification (PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA®) 

Key stages of certification process include:

Eligibility:  2 years of professional (exempt-level) HR work experience are required in order to take the test.

Plan:  Make a study plan by either joining one of the many classes offered by either a regional HR association or SHRM.  Classes typically last 13 weeks and are lead by a certified instructor who can walk you through the process and offer you tips on taking the test.  Attend each class, become engaged in the process of learning by asking questions, participating in the practice tests and read the material.

Create a Study Group:  Work with your fellow students outside of the class setting to test one another, share ideas and offer support.  Many of us have been out of school and need to have the support and knowledge of others to help us study and learn.

Schedule Your Test Date:  An important driver of success is the goal of taking the test and passing.  If you don’t schedule your test date the likelihood of success diminishes.
Clearly, employee certification is important in today’s competitive environment.

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