SHRM CEO Reaffirms Value of Accreditation by Buros Center

Credentials’ ‘quality and credibility’ validated; met ‘highest standards of certification programs’

By Sharee Posey Feb 7, 2017
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​In a letter to nearly 100,000 SHRM certificants, SHRM President and CEO Henry G. "Hank" Jackson reaffirmed that the decision of the Buros Center for Testing in November 2016 to accredit the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP designations was "a milestone achievement for HR certifications as well as SHRM-certified professionals." The Buros accreditation, Jackson said, "is recognized by credentialing professionals around the world and will be a differentiator in HR careers." 

Pursuant to a comprehensive, half-year-long accreditation process, SHRM's certification program was thoroughly assessed and found to have met or exceeded [Buros's] rigorous standards, Jackson said. "We want to make sure you understand exactly what that means, and why it's so important." 

The Buros Center, located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, reviews or accredits many well-known educational and licensure testing programs for different professions.

In its assessment of SHRM certification, Buros examined the integrity of SHRM certification program's governance and structure to ensure that the program is administratively and financially separate from any education or certification preparation functions. Buros also evaluated SHRM's test vendors and reviewed SHRM's certification protocol for any conflicts of interest. Finally, Buros conducted two site visits, one of SHRM and one of its exam development vendor, to verify the information SHRM submitted in its nearly 2,000-page accreditation application. "Not all major accrediting bodies include this type of rigorous, outside verification via site visits," Jackson noted. 

To be awarded accreditation by the premier credentialing review center is good news for SHRM certificants and the profession, Jackson said. "For a period of six months, Buros reviewed SHRM's program, policies and procedures [to make sure SHRM certification] meets the highest standards and was developed to grow and adapt to the professional requirements of the occupation that it serves—which is critical to a professional certification." 

SHRM credentials constitute "the global standard in HR certification," Jackson said, "and with that comes SHRM's nearly seven decades of service to the HR profession and its commitment to maintaining the integrity, reliability and adaptability recognized by the Buros Center for Testing." He directed readers to buros.org for information about the Center and its accreditation guidelines, and to shrm.org/shrmcertified to learn more about the value of SHRM certification. 

Sharee Posey is SHRM's specialist in certification community engagement.

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