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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