SHRM Certification Marks 100,000th Certificant

By Kate Kennedy Apr 6, 2017
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​The 100,000th SHRM certification has been awarded, making SHRM's credentialing program the fastest-growing in the HR field. "It's exciting to see more and more HR professionals making the commitment to become SHRM-certified," said Henry G. "Hank" Jackson, SHRM's president and CEO. "We are pleased by the widespread positive response, and we celebrate exceeding 100,000 certificants."

As of publication of this article, more than 101,550 individuals in 105 countries have earned the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP designations, which have become HR's premier professional certifications. More than 53,000 HR job postings last year listed a preference for applicants with SHRM credentials.

"This milestone is an achievement, not only for SHRM certification, but for the HR profession," said Wayne Cascio, Ph.D., chair of the SHRM Certification Commission, and distinguished university professor and Robert H. Reynolds chair in global leadership at the University of Colorado Denver School of Business. "It is a testament to SHRM's ability to offer an accredited credential program in two years, as well as to HR professionals who have proven their high level of knowledge and skills."

SHRM certification launched in January 2015 after years of research to define the behavioral competencies and knowledge relevant to today's global HR professional. With business executives viewing competency in people management as critical to the success of their organizations and HR departments, SHRM continues to refine the competencies. An update of the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge was released late last year. The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are accredited by the Buros Center for Testing, the global leader in evaluating examinations. A mobile app and other tools help make the recertification process simple and efficient for certificants, who can take advantage of more than 40,000 educational programs and a personalized education program.

Kate Kennedy is manager of media relations at SHRM.

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