Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | May 14, 2014

A Message from SHRM President and CEO

SHRM announced a significant change yesterday regarding a new competency-based certification, and I wanted to make sure that we follow-up with you to provide more details. Serving the professional development needs of HR professionals and advancing the profession is and always has been SHRM’s mission.
We know our announcement may affect you both personally and professionally. This new competency-based certification will involve a transition and SHRM will make it as smooth as possible. We know you have many questions, and we are committed to keeping you apprised of progress as we move forward with this new initiative.

Moving to a Competency Based Model
We believe a competency-based certification is the new standard for HR professionals around the globe. Our members have told us this; and we have listened. The SHRM Competency Model is the culmination of over three years of research and was built and validated by more than 30,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR pros identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers and we validated that individuals who demonstrate these skills positively impact business outcomes. This is what will separate SHRM’s assessments from others on the market. We plan to offer the following components as part of the new model:

  • A new global Body of Competency and Knowledge (BOCK)
  • A comprehensive exam
  • World-class instructional materials, and
  • Certification prep tools you have come to expect from SHRM.

We are in the process of finalizing each of these components so that we can offer a more modern and relevant certification for today’s HR practitioner.

Transition
Again, transition is the key to making this new certification work for SHRM members and the HR profession. Our critical stakeholders include existing certified professionals and those HR practitioners who want to become certified.

Existing Certified Professionals
Current certified professionals will have a seamless path to transition their existing credential to the new global competency-based standard at no additional cost to you.

We plan to roll out an online education module for existing certified professionals for you to learn about the new competency based certification. You will be able to view it, answer some embedded questions and then be able to transfer your PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® to the new SHRM credential.* You will need to document your existing generalist HR certification and sign a code of ethics.

Volunteer leaders will have the opportunity to convert their designation to the new SHRM certification during the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in November, and all others will be invited to participate in the conversion process from January 1 – December 31, 2015. More details regarding the transition will be unveiled at the SHRM Annual Conference from June 22-25, 2014. There will also be periodic updates from SHRM in the weeks prior to the Conference.

Future Certified Professionals
SHRM will continue to provide certification preparation material and support for the PHR® and SPHR® through the December 2014 – January 2015 exam window.

In July 2014, we will begin providing the new competency-based information and marketing materials.

On December 1, 2014, we will provide the new certification preparation materials (SHRM Learning System) and instructor training for you to use during the Winter/Spring 2015 training period in preparation for SHRM’s first Competency-Based Exam test window (May-July, 2015).

Moving Forward
The HR profession and the business community are looking for and recognize the need for a competency based assessment. This will require an investment by SHRM but, we feel that as the leader of the profession, SHRM needed to respond.

We believe this new certification is the future of the HR profession and we want to make sure you hear from us as we continue to move forward.

We understand that change involves many moving parts. These components will continue to be developed and communicated to you as SHRM volunteer leaders and to our membership as a whole.

For additional information and our FAQ, please click here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we take the HR profession forward.

Best regards,

Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, CPA
President & CEO
Society for Human Resource Management

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