As SHRM launches two new certifications, we’re proud to be setting the standards for our field and helping our members make the new workplace work.

By Henry G. Jackson Jan 1, 2015

More than 65 years ago, a small group of personnel managers formed a national association to serve their new and growing field. Its purpose: “To constantly promote and elevate standards and performance …” of what would come to be known as the HR profession. It is a solemn responsibility to be the standard bearer of a profession. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) takes that seriously. 

In today’s complex global economy, HR has evolved to become a key leadership position and businesses expect more of HR professionals than ever before. As I have written in this space before, this profession is being challenged to keep up with the rapidly changing world of work. 

This is why SHRM is excited to launch two new competency-based certifications for the HR profession this month: the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). These certifications are focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life leadership behaviors and competencies—such as business acumen, communication and critical evaluation—you need to excel in your career and drive business outcomes today. The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP will more closely measure not only what you know but also how you apply that knowledge in the situations you face every day.

Look to the special supplement in this issue and visit www.shrmcertification.org to learn how SHRM’s new Body of Competency and Knowledge and competency-based certifications can help you develop the skills you need, and meet and exceed the new, higher expectations of HR. Early response from business, academia and HR professionals has been extremely encouraging. Almost 9 out of 10 people who took the pilot exam for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP said they would recommend it to other HR professionals. And several hundred volunteer leaders took the pathway to the new certification at the Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in November 2014. I invite you to be among the growing number of those certified by SHRM.

SHRM also recently launched a national campaign—#AdvancingHR—to showcase your important role in making the new workplace work and to highlight SHRM as the leading global resource for HR. Visit www.shrm.org/advancinghr to see the nationally broadcast TV commercial, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #AdvancingHR. 

This special combined January/February issue highlights exciting advances in our field and profiles some of the HR professionals, entrepreneurs and thought leaders who will shape the workplace in 2015 and beyond. We hope it both informs and inspires you. 

For more than six decades, SHRM has held true to its original mission to constantly promote and elevate our profession. Our new competency-based certifications and #AdvancingHR campaign set a new standard for HR. 

Know that SHRM is dedicated to serving you, the HR profession and business in the best possible way—now and in the future. 

Happy New Year. We have an exciting journey ahead.

Henry G. Jackson is the president and CEO of SHRM.


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