|Thursday, January 1, 2007Vol. 6, No. 1|
resource certificationswhat do they
PHR, SPHR, SHRM, HRCI. What does it all mean? Does having such a credential really make HR professionals better at their job? Does such an acronym after your name help your career, or does not having one hurt it? If you are an HR professional, chances are you have asked yourself some of these questions. If not, you might be after reading this! Considering the number of questions I receive on this topic, I would say it is definitely worth exploring.
Employers are increasingly requiring certifications
Recently the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) announced an unprecedented period of growth and activity, with an estimated 24,000 professionals seeking certification worldwide in 2006. During the past decade, the number of human resource professionals taking HRCI's certification exams each year has more than doubled to 18,500 in 2005 from 7,700 just ten years earlier! HRCI attributes the dramatic increase in part to the changing nature of the role of HR professionals within organizations.
I often get asked about which is a better idea, graduate programs or certification. Only you can decide what is right for you, but certification is definitely worth considering as an economical and effective alternative to graduate school. HR professionals can increase their value in their current positions, and it can demonstrate to a potential employer that you are qualified.
HRCI did an extensive market survey and found that three out of five of the survey respondents agreed they would choose an individual with PHR or SPHR over one without if all factors are equal. After initial screening, they would be more likely to interview candidates with the PHR and SPHR certification. More and more employers filling HR positions are stating that certification is either a required or desired qualification.
Which one is for you?
Here is how HRCI defines the ideal PHR and SPRH candidate.
If you are considering HR certification, a prep course is highly recommended. The University of Minnesota is officially endorsed by SHRM and offers a course and instructors that consistently beat the national pass rate.
the University of Minnesota will be offering such a course at Associated
Financial Group's offices in Minnetonka. HR Consultant David Flotten (SPHR)
will be the instructor. For more information on these programs and to
register, please visit the U of M continuing education web site at: http://www.cce.umn.edu/professionalcertification/shrm/