SHRM offers a wealth of resources to anyone preparing to take the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exams or seeking to earn recertification credits. Here are 10 books available from the SHRMStore that can help you focus your study efforts and maximize your results:
Years and years ago, I decided I wanted to get certified. This was no small deal. I had been raised in state government, and NONE of my peers or supervisors were certified; nor did any of them, as far as I could tell, see the value in it.
In 2015, the SHRM Foundation awarded over 140 scholarships to deserving HR practitioners. New for 2016, the Foundation is will award over 200 scholarships!
The SHRM Foundation provides scholarship funding for those with a unique personal story that are in need of a career boost—Jennifer Williams, PHR, SHRM-CP—is one of those people. Jennifer was recently awarded the 3M Certification Scholarship.
I am a dad. It has to be the greatest accomplishment I’ve ever had, or will ever have. My kids are on the verge of being adults now so they are doing more and more on their own. What I’m finding is how easy it is to take a small amount of information and blow it out of proportion if you are missing context. I’m seeing this both from them spreading their wings and having to make bigger life decisions as well as my wife and I letting them fly more. We don’t always have context around what their decisions are, and it’s hard not to want to step in and “fix” things.
It seems as if we learn of a new scientific or technological breakthrough every day—something that allows us to do more, faster and with greater ease. But for HR professionals, each innovation warrants tough questions: What does it mean for my company and the people whose jobs depend on the legacy processes? And what does it mean for our profession?
Davide Rhodes, PHR, Director of HR at Akeela Inc., an active SHRM member in Anchorage, AK shares how his experience in the SHRM Certification Zone answered a lot of his questions.
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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:
On June 11, SHRM CEO Hank Jackson addressed a group of SHRM members at a town hall meeting in Alexandria, VA.
Below is an excerpt from his remarks:
SHRM, as the world’s largest HR professional association, has been leading the profession in the development of a certification program based upon competency-based assessment. This is an exciting and pivotal time in our profession and the new SHRM certification, officially announced in May 2014, is the first certification that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals needs to excel in their careers today.
It's official, the Society of Human Resource Management is in the certification business. The recent announcement has sent shock waves through the human resources community. HR professionals are, in equal parts, confused and excited over what was and what will be their future employment qualifiers.
Hank Jackson has delivered a bold message:
"Certification should amplify an applicable professional skill set. It should not include memorization and regurgitation for the sake of qualification."
I wanted to share some additional thoughts on SHRM’s development of an HR certification based on competencies.
First, this is personal for me. I am certified and have been for more than 15 years, and on January 1, 2015, I will be one of the first people to add the new SHRM certification to my list of credentials.
As Board Chair, let me briefly tell you why SHRM has moved forward with the development of this certification.
I have been a longtime advocate that HR professionals should be certified. As you know I am PHR certified through HRCI and a CCP and CBP through WorldatWork. Additionally, I have been long time SHRM Learning Systems Instructor having had tremendous success rate with more than 95% of my students passing on the first time out of the gate. My own personal frustration has been the next level of certification at the SPHR level. I have never been a test taker and for whatever reason have never done well.
SHRM is committed to ensuring that the certification our members achieve is recognized as best in class and distinguishes them in and prepares them for today’s marketplace. Business is changing and employers are demanding that HR professionals adapt to that change.
It’s important that SHRM stay ahead of this trend for the profession and its members.
Last week I sat down at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and spoke with some of the students about what they need to know as they prepare to leave school and enter the real world.
As a certified professional, I try to challenge myself when it comes to recertification. Each year, instead of doing the same types of activities, I try to complete at least one activity in each section. And I try to find new ways to obtain recertification credits. This year, my goal is to use the new SHRMStore Credit-Approved Book program.