Ask HR Bartender: HR Certification Institute's Mary Power on Certification or College

An HR Bartender reader has asked this question:

As an HR professional, I have the opportunity for a promotion to HR Manager. In your opinion, would going for a Master’s degree or getting PHR certified be more beneficial for my career?

This is a dilemma I hear about often.  For anyone thinking about going back to college, please check out my interview with Deirdre Honner from Calvin College about comparing online and classroom education.  Lots of great insights from an HR pro in the academic world.

So to answer this question, I thought it would be great to talk about certification.  And there’s no better person to share information about the value of certification than Mary Power, CAE, CMP, executive director of the HR Certification Institute.

The HR Certification Institute is the certifying body that develops and administers certification exams that validate an HR professional’s skill set, knowledge and experience.