About HRCI

Let's Be Clear

SHRM’s initial announcement on May 12 about their proposed certification program confused and frustrated many in the HR community.

HRCI is confident that the HR profession will continue to pursue and support these certifications. More than 135,000 HR professionals across 100 countries hold one or more HRCI certifications – the PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHR–CA®/SPHR-CA®, HRBP® and HRMP® – that are sought-after and recognized by organizations and business worldwide.


Let's Be Clear

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Revised 25 July 2014

    FAQ

    The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) has been receiving numerous questions from confused certificants about the status of HRCI’s certification programs since SHRM announced its proposed certification program. Here, HRCI answers the frequently asked questions about HRCI’s certifications.

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  • HRCI STATEMENTS

    HRCI PROVIDES UPDATED COMMENTS ON SHRM's PROPOSED CERTIFICATIONS

    22 June 2014

    HR Certification Institute Executive Director Amy Schabacker Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE, released the following statement today regarding SHRM’s updated announcement about its proposed certification.

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    RESPECT FOR THE TRUST AND THE INTEGRITY OF CERTIFICATION

    19 May 2014

    HRCI Board Chair Clarissa A. Peterson, SPHR, GPHR, sets the record straight about HRCI’s independence.

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    HRCI CLARIFIES THE CONFUSION AROUND CERTIFICATIONS FOR HR PROFESSIONALS

    15 May 2014

    The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) will continue to certify, recertify and support HR professionals in their pursuits of professional excellence. HRCI credentials provide the brand recognition that is so important and respected in the HR industry.

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    STATEMENT FROM HRCI ABOUT NEW CERTIFICATION

    14 May 2014

    The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) wants you to know that the announcement by SHRM of a new certification will have no impact on HRCI’s portfolio of certifications. HRCI will continue to develop and administer the PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHR/SPHR-CA®, HRBP® and HRMP® and HRCI’s other high-quality certification products to meet the needs of the HR profession.

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  • FACTS ABOUT HRCI

    Revised 20 June 2014

    Here are some facts about the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) which you should know.

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  • RELATED MEDIA/BLOG COVERAGE

    HRCI HITS SHRM HARD ON CERTIFICATIONS, SIGNS HR EQUIVALENT OF TOM BRADY 
    29 September 2014
    Kris Dunn, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer for Kinetix, comments on HRCI's recent announcement of the partnership with Dave Ulrich and Ross School of Business.
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    GLOBAL GROWTH: 3 TIPS FOR LAUNCHING AN INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION
    09 September 2014
    Rob Stott, assistant editor at Associations Now, uses HRCI's partnership with Mexican HR association, AMEDIRH, as a model for expanding a certification program to a new country.
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    LET US VOTE ON SHRM's CERTIFICATION PLAN

    01 September 2014

    Howard Winkler, SPHR, former SHRM Foundation Board Member and former HRCI Board Member, discusses issues surrounding SHRM's certification plan and proposes it should be put to a vote by HR professionals.
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    TLNT – HERE’s WHAT HRCI WAS BUSY DOING AT SHRM 2014

    11 July 2014

    Jim Steele, EdD, GPHR, SPHR, Associate Professor of Management at George Fox University and Board Member at HRCI, provides an overview of HRCI’s continued commitment to serve HR professionals and of the widespread frustration caused by SHRM’s announcement. Kris Dunn, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer for Kinetix, comments on HRCI's recent announcement of the partnership with Dave Ulrich 

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    TALENT MANAGEMENT – HRCI: SHUT OUT BUT NOT SHUT UP

    23 June 2014

    Mike Prokopeak, vice president and editorial director at Talent Management magazine, discusses the events HRCI held for certificants around the SHRM Annual Conference as well as its recent initiatives.

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    WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT – SHRM MEMBERS ASK: WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE NEW CREDENTIALS

    23 June 2014

    Frank Kalman, Workforce Management’s senior editor, reports on the confusion among SHRM members about the new proposed certification.

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    HR EXECUTIVE - A SAD – BUT NOT SURPRISING BREAKUP

    9 June 2014

    Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, JD, former President and CEO of SHRM, expresses her disappointment in SHRM’s announcement. She also encourages HR professionals considering taking the HRCI exam to do so.

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    MONSTER THINKING - NEW SHRM CERTIFICATION RAISES QUESTIONS

    21 May 2014

    Mary Ellen Slayter, founder of Reputation Capital and contributor to MonsterThinking, discusses the questions that SHRM’s announcements have raised.

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Please direct all media inquiries to:
media@hrci.org

FROM THE HR COMMUNITY

Mike Losey (quoted in HR Executive)
HR consultant, Former president and  CEO of SHRM

There's a great risk that [SHRM’s certification] will be inferior to the current [HRCI] product. It will take a long time to get [the SHRM certification program] up to the standard that HRCI has set.


Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, JD (quoted in HR Executive)
Former president and CEO of SHRM

I'm disappointed that HR professionals have to wait for more information and answers, and I'm disappointed in SHRM for the way it handled its seemingly abrupt decision to enter the certification business.


Gerry Crispin (quoted in Workforce Management)
CareerXRoads Founder and Former SHRM Board Member

Certifications need to be independent; otherwise, there is a vested interest. There is no professional certification that I know of that is run by the people who train you. You don’t get your law certification from the school where you get your law degree. You sit for the bar exam.


Howard Winkler, SPHR (on LinkedIn)
Former SHRM Foundation and HRCI Board Member

To my mind, however, it is unbecoming of a membership organization to undertake something that has such a personal impact on its members without substantial consultation with and support from its membership.