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The Importance of HR Certification
Holly Fechtig has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. She has strong background in Human Resources for nearly a decade with an emphasis in the following areas: Recruitment & Retention, Benefits Administration, HRIS/Project Management, Training & Development, Employment Law, HR Policies & Procedures, Performance Management and Onboarding. She is an active career coach and an advocate for HR professionals pursuing their credentials through her local SHRM chapter. Her certifications include, Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) as well as a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist (CHRS). To view her profile or connect with her on LinkedIn, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollyfechtig .
by Holly Fechtig, PHR, SHRM-CP, CHRS, Implementation Consultant, ADP
Florence, Kentucky, United States
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It is such a rewarding feeling to know that you’ve officially validated yourself as a subject matter expert in your line of work. There are countless benefits that come along with acquiring your HR certification.
These are pretty powerful statistics. I think it’s worth mentioning that not having your certification does not mean you are any less qualified/skilled in your profession. However, I certainly believe that there are significant benefits to obtaining your credentials.
Based off of a lot of job postings I’ve seen recently as well as other related articles, many employers are listing a certification as a requirement. Don’t let that hold you back from going after the job of your dreams. Now is the time to make that commitment if you are looking to earn those letters you deserve. I encourage you to take a look at your calendar over the next six months. Research to see what preparation courses are offered in your local area (or online) and coordinate this in conjunction with the next exam window. Take advantage of any reimbursements that your company may offer. Some companies even give you an additional salary increase for your expanded knowledge.
Sounds like a win/win to me.
Proud, committed, connected, competent, informed, successful, qualified, opportunity, confident, distinguished, employable, proven, expert, credible, focused, dedicated, equipped, validated, versatile. When asked by HRCI on their LinkedIn page, in one word, this is how HR professionals described what being certified means to them.
It’s evident that professionals who have earned the privilege of adding those extra letters onto the end of their signature line are extremely proud. In my experience, there is a lot of work involved in preparing to sit in for one of the HR exams. It would be exceedingly difficult to pass one of the offered exams without a plan in place. This may include joining a study group, taking a prep course, reading through the body of knowledge, practice exams, flash cards, etc.