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What is HR Certification?

HR certification is a career-long commitment that shows your peers, your employees and your organization that you have mastered the principles of human resources and that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession.

To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. To remain certified, you must stay current in the HR profession and recertify every three years. You display your certification by putting the credentials after your name.

Earning HR Certification Sets You Apart

  • makes your resume stand out from other job applicants - One out of two recruiters prefer those with HR certification.
  • earns recognition from your organization - Business leaders find HR certified professionals to be more self-motivated.
  • connects you to an elite network of motivated HR professionals around the globe - More than 130,000 certified HR professionals work in more than 100 countries and territories.

How Certification Differs from a Certificate Program

Compared with certificate programs, certification has three main advantages:

  • requires specific experience and education
  • requires recertification, which makes sure that you stay current in the HR profession through continuing education
  • allows you to put the letters after your name

In other words, certification typically consists of the three "E"s: education, experience and examination.

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  • Kristi West, SPHR-CA, GPHR
    Respect from peers and the assurance that I will keep my skills and knowledge sharp through the recertification process.