HR Certification is a career-long commitment that proves to your peers as well as your organization that you are driven to be successful in the HR Profession.

There are countless benefits that come along with acquiring your HR certification.

  • Increases your professional confidence
  • Helps to set you apart from your peers as well as the competition in the job market
  • Results in greater respect from the organization in which you work
  • Expands your knowledge, skills & abilities
  • Provides motivation to maintain continuing education credits as well as staying up-to-date and relevant in your industry
  • Validates yourself as a subject matter expert in your line of work

There are two organizations that offer certifications for HR professionals; Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) & Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

SHRM offers two levels of exams:


Their body of knowledge is centered around the following content:

  • Behavioral Competencies
    • Leadership & Navigation
    • Ethical Practice
    • Business Acumen
    • Relationship Management
    • Consultation
    • Critical Evaluation
    • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
    • Communication
  • HR Expertise
    • Divided into four knowledge domains
      • People
      • Organization
      • Workplace
      • Strategy

For further information regarding these offerings & eligibility requirements, please visit

For information regarding classes offered, please visit 2020 Fall SHRM

HRCI offers seven levels of exams:

  • aPHR
  • PHR
  • PHRca
  • SPHR
  • GPHR
  • PHRi
  • SHHRi

HRCI has been around for over 40 years. Their offerings range from HR practitioners that are just starting out their careers to those that are more established or strategic as well as global or California specific certifications.

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NKY SHRM Certification Committee is committed to educating our members on the benefits of certification, how to get certified and how to stay certified.

We can assist by helping you with :

  • Choosing the certification that is right for you.
  • Obtaining the appropriate materials for your study habits and budget.
  • Providing you with information on scholarships and options to get financial aid for both study classes and the actual exam.
  • Providing current certification holders easy, cost effective ways to stay certified.