There Is Much to 'C' in SHRM Certification and Recertification

A compendium of compelling characteristics concerning your SHRM credential

By Rena Gorlin and Mark Smith December 12, 2019
There Is Much to C in SHRM Certification and Recertification

​When it comes to career decisions, HR professionals have different reasons for choosing to earn and retain their SHRM certification. Knowing the factors that motivate your peers and colleagues to seek SHRM certification might help you "C" for yourself the benefits of earning the SHRM-CP or SHRM‑SCP credential. (These factors are compiled by the authors and based on a presentation prepared by Mark Smith, Ph.D., SHRM's director of exam development, and a conversation with Patricia Byrd, SHRM's director of certification relations.)

  • Credibility as a Capable Professional. Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP enhances your credibility in the eyes of others as a knowledgeable resource in the workplace. Many SHRM-certified HR professionals report receiving more respect from their colleagues and peers. Recertifying and maintaining your certification will help you maintain the level of respect that you worked so hard to earn.
  • Competence with Current Knowledge. As the HR profession continues to grow and progress, SHRM certification helps you stay informed of current developments as well as upcoming trends. SHRM-certified professionals report having up-to-date information regarding HR best practices. Recertifying helps you retain the latest knowledge, learn about the what's new and prepare for what's ahead.
  • Confidence to Confront Challenges. SHRM-certified HR professionals have more confidence in themselves and their abilities. As a SHRM credential-holder, you will feel more prepared to deal with key issues in business situations and have the skills to make decisions that count when people are counting on you.
  • Competitiveness and Compensation. SHRM certification gives you a competitive edge in the job market. Currently, no other HR certification is as requested by employers in job postings. Compared to your uncredentialed peers, you'll have advantages in pursuing promotions and new opportunities, and you are more likely to have a higher salary and greater satisfaction with your career potential.
  • Commitment and Community. Becoming SHRM-certified is a way of declaring your commitment to the HR community and your future. Maintaining your credential through the recertification process shows your commitment to lifelong learning. Compared to noncertified professionals, a much higher percentage of SHRM credential-holders say they have great pride in being members of the HR profession.

Rena Gorlin, J.D., is an independent writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. Mark Smith, Ph.D., is SHRM's director of exam development, Certification.

For more information on SHRM Certification and to register for the exam, please visit our website.

Already SHRM-certified? Be sure to maintain your credential by recertifying. Learn more about recertification activities here.



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