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SHRM Certification update

    SHRM Certification

    SHRM is committed to ensuring that the certification our members achieve is recognized as best in class and distinguishes them in and prepares them for today’s marketplace. Business is changing and employers are demanding that HR professionals adapt to that change.

    It’s important that SHRM stay ahead of this trend for the profession and its members.

    The Society is developing a new HR Certification program based on the competencies required to be an effective HR professional. This certification is the culmination of over three years of research, and based on the SHRM HR Competency Model, which was validated by more than 30,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR professionals identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers. SHRM will soon offer a certification exam that assesses both competencies and HR knowledge.

    We are working to finalize:

    • the new global Body of Competency and Knowledge (BOCK),
    • a comprehensive exam,
    • world-class instructional materials, and
    • certification preparation tools you have come to expect from SHRM.

    We know that this may bring up some questions and concerns undefined because you have invested time and energy in your existing credentials. SHRM will make this transition as smooth as possible to ensure your continued success. So, what does this mean for you?

    WHO:

    All HR professionals holding a PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP or HRMP will be eligible for the new SHRM certification on January 1, 2015, by taking an online tutorial.

    All HR professionals seeking certification for the first time can apply for the exam beginning January 1, 2015. The first exam window of the new certification is tentatively scheduled for mid 2015.

    WHAT:

    The new SHRM credential will be the first competency-based HR certification focused on practical, real-life knowledge and behaviors HR professionals need to excel in their careers today. The SHRM certification will be relevant to all career levels, across all industries and organizations around the globe.

    WHEN:

    SHRM will begin accepting applications for those seeking certification, beginning January 1, 2015. The first exam window of the new certification is tentatively scheduled for mid 2015.

    We will begin to offer the Learning System for the new SHRM certification on December 1, 2014.

    HR professionals with existing generalist certifications (PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, HRMP®, HRBP®, and other recognized HR generalist certifications*) will be eligible for the new SHRM certification on January 1, 2015 by taking an online tutorial.

    WHY:

    We believe this competency-based certification is the new standard for HR professionals around the globe undefined and is needed for the ever-evolving demands of business. We are seeing an increasing number of colleges and universities, and other SHRM global partners, transition to a competency-based curriculum. Businesses have been asking undefined almost demanding undefined that employees have specific behavioral competencies to be successful in the workplace. As the leading HR professional society, it is SHRM’s responsibility to stay ahead of these trends and better serve the HR professional.

    FAQs

    How will this affect my current certification (SPHR®, PHR®, GPHR®, and others)

    ‎We recognize that you have invested a great deal of time, money and energy to obtain your credential.

    SHRM will continue to support the current programs through the December 2014 - January 2015 testing windows. For example:

    • We will continue to offer the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR, the SHRM Learning System for GPHR, the SHRM Learning System for HRMP® and the SHRM Learning System for HRBP® through November 30, 2014,
    • We will continue to support our Education Partners who offer the current certification prep programs through the end of 2014,
    • We will continue to offer SHRM certification prep programs at SHRM conferences and through our seminars, virtual programs and corporate programs,
    • We will continue to submit our 2014 programs to HRCI for pre-approved recertification credits.
    • HR professionals with existing generalist certifications (PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, HRMP®, HRBP®, and other recognized HR generalist certifications*) that are in good standing will be eligible for the new SHRM certification on January 1, 2015, by taking an online tutorial.

    If I'm already certified, what do I have to do? Do I have to take another exam?

    Beginning January 1, 2015, if you are certified and in good standing, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification -- at no cost -- by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

    • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
    • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
    • Complete an online educational module and brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

    Once you go through this process, you will receive the new SHRM credential and will begin a three-year recertification cycle.

    What does this mean for my recertification credits?

    We recognize that you have spent a significant amount of time and energy to obtain your current recertification credits. SHRM will continue to apply to HRCI for recertification credits for all current SHRM programs and events scheduled in 2014. By maintaining your existing credentials in good standing, you will be eligible for the new SHRM certification program in 2015.

    Beginning in 2015, we will offer recertification credits for the new SHRM certification at SHRM programs and also authorize other program providers to offer recertification credits.

    Should I still sit for the exam I'm currently studying for or scheduled to take?

    ‎SHRM supports your decision to prepare for and take the current exam for the existing credentials. If you pass your exam, you will be eligible to receive the new SHRM credential free of charge from January 1 – December 31, 2015. During this period, you will be invited to obtain the new SHRM certification by completing the following process:

    • Document that your current certification is in good standing
    • Sign the SHRM code of ethics
    • Complete an online educational module and brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

    Once you go through this process, you will receive the new SHRM credential and will begin a three-year recertification cycle.

    If you do not pass your exam prior to January 2015 and you purchased the current SHRM Learning System, we will provide the new SHRM Learning System for the new SHRM certification free of charge in preparation for the new assessment.

    If my chapter or state council has an event scheduled in 2015, how will that affect the recertification credits associated with that event?

    ‎If you are a chapter or state council in good standing, you can become a preferred provider for the new SHRM certification program free of charge. We are streamlining the process for awarding recertification credit for your chapter and state council events.

    Your SHRM Field Services Director will be contacting you detailing that process as it becomes available.

    For Certified HR Professionals

    If I'm already certified, what do I have to do? Do I have to take another exam?

    Beginning January 1, 2015, if you are certified and in good standing, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification -- at no cost -- by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

    • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
    • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
    • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

    Once you go through this process, you will receive the new SHRM credential and will begin a three-year recertification cycle.

    If I already have a general HR certification, will I automatically receive the new SHRM certification?

    No. HR professionals with existing certifications will not automatically receive the new SHRM certification credentials.

    Beginning January 1, 2015, if you are certified with a recognized HR generalist certification and are in good standing, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification -- at no cost -- by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

    • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
    • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
    • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

    Once you go through this process, you will receive the new SHRM credential and will begin a three-year recertification cycle (for the new SHRM credential only).

    Does this mean SHRM will no longer support my existing certification?

    SHRM has always focused on making sure HR practitioners are seeking and attaining certification. We are committed to ensuring that the certification our members achieve is recognized as best in class and distinguishes them in the marketplace. We are developing the SHRM competency-based certification with a focus on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and competencies.

    We believe the best way to support HR professionals with existing generalist certifications (PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, HRBP®, HRMP®), and other recognized generalist certifications, will be to make them eligible for the new SHRM certification – at no cost – beginning January 1, 2015.

    Will I have to give up my current credential (PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, or other recognized generalist certification) in order to obtain the new SHRM certification?

    You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials.

    Beginning January 1, 2015, if you are certified with a recognized HR generalist certification and in good standing, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification -- at no cost -- by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

    • Document that your current certification is in good standing
    • Sign the SHRM code of ethics
    • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

    Once you go through this process, you will receive the new SHRM credential and will begin a three-year recertification cycle (for the new SHRM credential only).

    How will it be determined what level (mid, senior, exec, etc.) my SPHR will translate to?

    If you hold a SPHR, GPHR, or HRMP certification, you will be transitioned into the Senior Level for the new SHRM certification.

    If you hold a PHR or HRBP certification, you will be transitioned into the Early Career Level for the new SHRM certification.

    For HR Professionals Seeking Certification

    Should I still sit for the exam I'm currently studying for or scheduled to take?

    ‎SHRM supports your decision to prepare for and take the current exam for the existing credentials. If you pass your exam, you will be eligible to receive the new SHRM credential free of charge from January 1 – December 31, 2015.

    During this period, you will be invited to obtain the new SHRM certification by completing the following process:

    • Document that your current certification is in good standing
    • Sign the SHRM code of ethics
    • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

    Once you go through this process, you will receive the new SHRM credential and will begin a three-year recertification cycle.

    If you do not pass your exam prior to January 2015 and you purchased the current SHRM Learning System, we will provide the new SHRM Learning System for the new SHRM certification free of charge in preparation for the new assessment.

    How will SHRM’s new competency-based certification impact the cost of getting certified?

    We anticipate that our new certification will be a cost-effective program for both our members and chapters, as we are reducing or eliminating certain fees currently associated with certification and re-certification.  We will have more details soon on the exact cost structure of the new certification.

    We understand that seeking certification requires an investment. But we believe that the value of certification for an HR professional’s career cannot be overstated, which is why we’ve always encouraged our members to seek certification.  In fact, SHRM has invested significant funds in research and development of our new competency-based certification – an investment that is leading to the development of a more valuable certification for our members.

    What is the difference between the "online tutorial" and the "exam"?

    If you are an HR professional who is currently certified with a recognized HR generalist certification and in good standing, you will take a brief online tutorial on HR competencies. The online tutorial will taken less than one hour to complete.

     If you are not currently certified, you will take the new SHRM certification exam that will be open for registration January 1, 2015. The exam will be between 2-3 hours.

     What prep materials will SHRM offer for the new certification?

     The prep materials for the new SHRM certification will be similar to the current Learning System, updated with competency-based materials. We also have plans to offer an interactive online learning system platform next year, which will leverage the Learning System modules and will allow for all SHRM prep materials to be fully integrated into the online program.

    Will the new certification program create a conflict of interest for SHRM?

    SHRM is designing its certification program to meet the highest standards of the industry. In order to ensure that there is no conflict of interest, SHRM will create a separate credentialing arm, the SHRM Certification Board. The SHRM Certification Board will manage all aspects of the certification program, including the overall development of the exam, eligibility requirements, and issuance of recertification.

    This best practice is commonly used in the certification industry by organizations such as the American Society of the Association Executives (ASAE), the Project Management Institution (PMI), and the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). This is a common best practice in the certification industry and is followed by and accepted under the ISO standard for certifying bodies. SHRM anticipates that we will obtain accreditation of our new certification program from ANSI and/or NCCA.

    What will the new certification be called?

    We plan to announce the name of the new SHRM certification at this year's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida from June 22-25.

    How long will the exam be? How many questions?

    The exam will be 120-150 questions, and will contain both knowledge- and competency-based questions. We anticipate that the exam will be approximately 2-3 hours.

    For SHRM Chapters and Councils

    If my chapter or state council has an event scheduled in 2015, how will that affect the recertification credits associated with that event?

    ‎If you are a chapter or state council in good standing, you can become a preferred provider for the new SHRM certification program free of charge. We are streamlining the process for awarding recertification credit for your chapter and state council events.

    Your SHRM Field Services Director will be contacting you detailing that process as it becomes available.

    For SHRM Education Partners

    Will the Learning System delivery be the same?

    Yes, our proven training system for partners and students will remain the same. The new program will be similar in length to the current system with approximately 36 contact hours.

    Will the pricing on our Learning System kits change?

    No. Pricing will stay the same for the new SHRM Learning System.

    How will the new certification fit in to the recertification process?

    SHRM understands the need for recertification to help keep HR practitioners current on industry topics. We plan on helping our partners build and grow their recertification opportunities and more information will be provided in the coming months.

    Background on SHRM Certification Development

    What input led to SHRM’s decision to develop this certification? Were members and certificants consulted?

    For the past several years, SHRM has been conducting research on HR’s role in the workforce, how expectations have shifted for HR professionals, and what these new expectations mean to our members.

    Our global research findings, which included outreach to major corporations, universities and over 30,000 members of the profession, are clear – in addition to technical knowledge, a successful HR career will also be determined by behavioral competencies.

    One of the best ways to prove these competencies is through professional certification, and the inclusion of competencies in the certification process is something we’ve been discussing for a couple years now as a way to enhance our profession.  We have valued the input of members in this process and believe that the development of a competency-based certification is responsive to the needs we’ve heard expressed by members, in addition to being responsive to the overall trends of our profession.

    Why was the new certification announced now?

    For the past several years, SHRM has been conducting research on HR’s role in the workforce, how expectations have shifted for HR professionals, and what these new expectations mean to our members. Our global research findings, which included outreach to major corporations, universities and over 30,000 members of the profession, are clear – in addition to technical knowledge, a successful HR career will also be determined by behavioral competencies.

    With the first test window expected in mid-2015, we wanted to make this announcement with plenty of time for our partners and members to start considering the launch of our new certification in their planning.  We will have more information to share soon, including detailed transition information.

    What’s the rollout timeline for this new certification?

    The first test window for the SHRM competency-based certification is scheduled for mid-2015. Marketing materials and support will be available to SHRM educational partners beginning June 2014. The Learning System for the new SHRM certification will be available toward the end of 2014.

    Are SHRM and HRCI developing the new certification together?

    SHRM and HRCI have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship. In fact, we have been meeting with HRCI over the past several months to reach a consensus about the vision for a certification based on competencies.  SHRM’s goal has always been to continue and expand our work together in order to better serve the profession. Our goal has not changed.

    However, at this time, SHRM’s determined that it’s best to move forward independently with our vision for a competency-based certification, which is urgently needed for the advancement of the HR profession and HR practitioners.

    We continue to hope that HRCI will join us in this effort.

    Why aren’t SHRM and HRCI working together on this certification?

    SHRM and HRCI have had a long and positive relationship; in fact, SHRM created and funded HRCI to provide certification services to our members.  SHRM’s goal has always been to continue and expand our work together in order to better serve the profession. We have been meeting with HRCI in good faith over the past several months to reach a consensus about our future relationship and what our vision is for certification. But at this time, we’ve reached the conclusion that it is necessary for SHRM to move forward with the development of a competency-based certification, which is urgently needed for the advancement of the HR profession and HR practitioners. We continue to hope that HRCI will agree to the work with us on this important change.