After more than 1,100 responses from our members, I am enthusiastic to announce that we have a name for the new SHRM certification. There will be two levels to the new certification:

I am personally very pleased by these developments and want to thank our members for playing a key role in the process- from your participation in the development of the competency model, to your feedback over these last few weeks, and for your participation in helping us name what is to be an integral part of the HR profession for years to come.  I am confident that we are doing what is needed to ensure that SHRM remains the thought-leader for the HR profession. If you have any questions about the new SHRM certification, please email InternalCertTeam@shrm.org. For more on the new SHRM certification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

Here are some additional details on both the Governance Body and the certification prep an recertification credit: 

Governance Body:

We have established a governance body called the SHRM Certification Commission that will serve as a technical advisory committee and will have delegated authority from the SHRM Board. We are designing this certification program to meet the highest standards of the industry and the SHRM Certification Commission was created to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. The SHRM Certification Commission will manage all aspects of the certification program, including the overall development of the exam, eligibility requirements, and issuance of recertification.  All staff related to the certification process will be assigned to a newly created SHRM certification division. 

Certification Preparation and Recertification Credit:

Recertification and what counts toward recertification will remain the same through the end of 2014.  Beginning in 2015, SHRM chapters can offer recertification credits through 2015 for both the current certification and the new SHRM certification as part of their meetings and programming. SHRM will continue to support the current certification preparation programs through the December 2014 - January 2015 testing windows. For example:

  • We will continue to submit our 2014 and 2015 programs to HRCI for pre-approved recertification credits.
  • We will continue to offer the current SHRM Learning Systems through November 30, 2014. Beyond that, we will only offer the Learning Systems for the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.
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For the love of G*d I sure hope you guys didn't pay money to a firm to come up with this! Unbelievable...

So then is it the case that those of us who are currently certified will not be able to continue to recertify through SHRM for our current California and federal certifications - mid recert?

I am really failing to see what is the "upside" of this certification. It seems like we just got to the point where PHR, SPHR, and GPHR are recognized and understood, and now we do this? I hope it is not what it appears (a profit center for SHRM) as opposed to something that will not confuse or detract from the certifications already in place. I have yet to hear exactly what this is supposed to do for the profession.

I am so disgusted with SHRM and their retreat from the SPHR certification. Thanks for completely watering down what I've worked so hard for. You have destroyed the credibility of my SPHR and have given a black eye to SHRM's credibility. I am not sure I will renew my membership because of this. You know the old adage...follow the money. This is all about money, don't be fooled!

I've yet to hear a good reason as to why this change is occurring. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

What a load. This is what you get when an organization slides into corrupt oblivion. More greed from SHRM. Not going to state conference, not re-upping membership, not going to national conferences. Bifurcating our credentialing will only cheapen each credential, but, as long as the $$$ keep rolling in, right SHRM?

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