HR Certification Institute
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.


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 Certification

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 Integrity of HR 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

Facts

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

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RELATED MEDIA/BLOG COVERAGE

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.

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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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HR EXECUTIVE – ASSESSING SHRM’S MOVE INTO CERTIFICATION

27 May 2014

Mark McGraw, writer for HR Executive Online, argues that SHRM’s sudden announcement is raising a considerable number of questions about the future of accreditation.  

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THE EFFECTIVENESS GROUP - WHY I SUPPORT HRCI

27 May 2014

Dr. Cris Wildermuth, Assistant Professor at Drake University, shares the reasons why she supports HRCI and why she plans to keep her SPHR certification.

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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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HR MOUTH OF THE SOUTH - IT'S NO ACCIDENT

20 May 2014

Joyce Chastain, Board Member of HR Florida State Council and President of the Florida SHRM State Council, expresses her thoughts and sentiments about SHRM's new certification product.

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HR SCHOOLHOUSE - Conscious Uncoupling – HR Style

20 May 2014

Robin Schooling, Managing Director at the HR advisory firm Silver Zebras, discusses the outstanding questions around SHRM’s proposed certification.  

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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.