Your Career Q&A: Affording Certification

By Martin Yate Jul 25, 2016
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​Columnist Martin Yate

​This week's column delves into how to find help paying for SHRM certification. Best-selling author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, takes your questions each week about how to further your career in HR. Contact him at the e-mail address at the end of this column.

I love your Career Q&A columns on the SHRM website. I can relate to a lot of the questions others ask. Here is my question: Is there a program that offers tuition assistance for HR professionals if their company doesn't, such as for SHRM-CP certification and courses?  

Jennifer,

Mitchell, S.D.

I went to Cornelia Springer, director of certification services at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), for this answer. She told me that the SHRM Foundation offers scholarships for the SHRM Certification exam and, in some cases, the preparation materials as well. Get more information here, including deadline dates to apply for certain scholarships.

You may also want to reach out to your local SHRM chapter directly because many chapters offer scholarships. If you are in HR, you should belong to SHRM. I have been a strong proponent of membership and involvement with professional associations for over 25 years because:

  • You get monthly meetings to keep you on the cutting edge of HR issues.
  • These same meetings give your network depth, breadth and relevance.
  • You get to know and be known by the most committed HR professionals in your community.
  • You get to know and be known by the best connected HR professionals in your community.
  • The regular monthly meetings help you put names to faces and you become part of the inner circle of your profession, and these are the people who hear about opportunities first.

Plus, you may well find that they take an active role in supporting your ongoing professional development and, therefore, your employability.

Have a question for Martin about advancing or managing your career? From big issues to small, please feel free to e-mail your queries to YourCareerQA@shrm.org. We'll only publish your first name and city, unless you prefer to remain anonymous—just let us know. 

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