Understanding Professional Level Experience
What is the definition of "Professional-Level" experience*?
Eligible* candidates are those who have acquired:
- The minimum years of a professional-level HR work experience; AND
- The required education level for the specific HRCI certification they wish to earn. Those with a college degree are not required to have a degree in HR.
HRCI defines a "professional-level" HR position as one that includes:
- The ability to use independent judgement and discretion in performing work duties.
- A level of specialized knowledge in the HR field with some authority for decision-making.
- In-depth work requirements, such as data gathering, analysis and interpretation.
- Interaction with a broad range of individuals, including key personnel.
- Individual accountability for results.
Our exams measure HR experience and knowledge gained on-the-job and through formal education. Individuals* who are not likely to be considered eligible include:
- people managers whose main job is in a function other than HR
- entry-level HR practitioners (i.e. HR clerks or HR assistants) or
- those interested in transitioning into the HR profession.
How is "Global HR experience" defined?
Global HR experience is defined as having direct cross-border HR responsibilities for two or more countries or regions.