SHRM HR Certifications Become Available

Shrm certified hr professional Today was a long awaited day for those in the HR profession, as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) began to accept applications for its new HR certifications the SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional).

Last year, SHRM announced (in the most irreverent of ways, if you ask me) that it would be parting ways with the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and moving forward in providing its own professional credentials to the thousands of HR practitioners across the country and the globe.

After almost 37 years of the two organizations working together to certify HR professionals, the sudden announcement caused a huge uproar in the HR community, and bloggers took their keyboards almost instantly. Given the already numerous amounts of posts out there on the subject, I’ll refer you to HR bloggers who have discussed the new certifications and the split between the two orgs in depth on their sites, first check out the SHRM Certification website and then read:

Ben Eubanks’s “SHRM to Stop Supporting the PHR, SPHR Certifications” 

Matt Stollak’s “New #SHRM Certification Raises More Questions Than It Answers” 

HR Cloud’s “8 SHRM Certification Questions Answered at SHRM14″

Kristina Minyard’s “Changes And Certifications…The Rest Of The Story”


Getting back to today, so I spent the better half of my morning, fighting with the SHRM Certification Portal trying to submit my request for my new SHRM-CP since there is no cost for the new certification for those who hold a current HR certification (I currently hold a PHR from HRCI). Hey, if it’s for free, then it’s for me.

Personally, I think that it’s a plus for current certified HR pro’s to have both certifications (at least for the initial SHRM certification term). On the one hand, if you already have a HRCI certification, you have a industry recognized certification, and on the other hand, if the SHRM certifications catch on quickly, well you’re golden since you would have gotten your cert at no cost. My dilemma is going to be recertification time. Getting the credits that you need can be an expensive proposition. I can tell you this much now…my PHR isn’t going away any time soon since I already have the needed amount of credits to be able to re-certify at the end of my certification period (and I’ve only had my certification for a year!).


So what are your thoughts on the new HR Certs? Are you planning on a dual-certification? Drop a line in the comments!


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