Benefits of Individual Certification

Certification is a career-long commitment that demonstrates dedication, credibility and mastery of the principles of human resources to your employers, clients, staff members and professional peers around the globe. Certification attests to the investment you have made in your HR career and holds a recognized place in the profession.

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Earning Certification Sets You Apart

Value of Certification - HumRRO Study

HRCI commissioned a large-scaled study on the value of professional HR certification by the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO).

Among the study’s major findings were that certified HR professionals, specifically those who have earned either the PHR or SPHR, are more likely than non-certified professionals to:

  • Get hired and be employed full-time, be well compensated, and be happier with their career.
  • Perform better on the job, show greater potential for future positions, perform better on strategic HR efforts, and offer greater HR expertise.

“The link between HRCI certification and career success and satisfaction is clear,” said HRCI CEO Amy Schabacker Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE. “Employers and organizations want HR professionals who can think and perform strategically, and this study shows that HRCI-certified professionals fit the bill.”

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How Does Certification Differ From a Certificate Program?

Compared with the certificate programs, certification has three main advantages:

  • Requires specific work experience, competency and education
  • Requires recertification, which makes sure that you stay current in the HR profession through continuing education
  • Allows you to put the letters after your name

In other words, certification typically consists of the three "E"s: education, experience and examination. All HRCI certifications are developed and administered following industry recognized standards, and all programs except aPHRi are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

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