The LinkedIn Certified Recruiter designation is the only LinkedIn Sponsored certification that certifies your ability for identifying and engaging talent effectively, building a pipeline of talent, and posting jobs using LinkedIn Recruiter. Learn more at http://certification.linkedin.com
Certified Employee Benefits Specialist
Since 1977, the CEBS certification is the considered on of the most widely respected credentials in the Benefits space. Its goal is to help individuals develop a comprehensive understanding of compensation and employee benefit principles and concept. Learn more at http://www.ifebp.org/CEBSDesignation/Overview/Pages/default.aspx
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) & Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) are arguably the most widely recognized certifications in HR. Administered by the HR Certification Institute, PHR & SPHR certifies your mastery in HR operations, strategy, best practices and regulations in the U.S.. The highly sought after certifications help create a solid foundation for your future advancement. Other certifications offered are GPHR, HRMP, HRBP, PHR-CA and SPHR-CA. Visit the HR Certification Institute to learn more: www.hrci.org
Certified Compensation Professional
The CCP shows that you understand how to integrate compensation programs with business strategy, design and administer base and variable pay programs, comply with legal and regulatory requirements, and effectively communicate compensation information. Visit WorldatWork to learn more: www.worldatwork.com
In 2015, the largest HR organization in world, SHRM, introduced new certifications to the industry, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) & SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). These credentials are aligned to global business needs and more meaningfully linked to performance. The basis for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP is the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK) which describes the Behavioral Competencies and Functional Areas of Knowledge needed for effective job performance. Visit SHRM to learn more: www.shrmcertification.org
Many people don't know that there are many certifications available. Which one to choose? It really depends on the specialty of HR you plan to go to. For example, if you plan to be a Generalist, then the PHR and SHRM-CP would suit you. If you plan to be in Compensation, then you may want the CCP. If you plan to be in training, then the CPLP would be the one to get. Browse the list below and begin your journey to certification!
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Certified in HR
Now that you have the work experience, its time to get certified as an HR Professional. You may think that its not necessary. But, when employers are choosing between two final candidates for an HR Manager position, guess which candidate they will choose? An HR certification distinguishes you from the rest. Below are some information on the various HR certifications available.
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Exam preparation classes can be found on-campus at many reputable educational institutions like UCLA Extension, Cal State Dominguez Hills Extension, and at your local university. Working professionals will appreciate evening classes and learning from experienced instructors who work in the field of HR.
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Certified Labor Relations Professional
The Labor Relations Academy Certification Program (CLRP®), is an innovative teaching program designed specifically for public sector labor relations and human resources professionals who are new to the field, as well as for experienced practitioners seeking additional training. Labor Relations is the study of negotiating and managing union relationships in your workplace. Learn more: https://www.airsdirectory.com/mc/training_certification.guid
Professional Certified Coach
The Professional Certified Coach (PCC) is not a common certification, but as coaching becomes more needed in corporate environments, so does the certification. Certified coaches demonstrate not only knowledge and skill, but also a commitment to high professional standards and a strong code of ethics. Learn more: http://coachfederation.org/credential/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=2202&navItemNumber=745
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Certified Payroll Professional
Although payroll was originally considered a technical skill, today payroll has become a professional discipline. The CCP certifies individuals in all aspects of taxation and tax reporting, MIS, human resources (including benefits), and accounting as each of these relate to the payroll environment. Learn more: http://www.americanpayroll.org/certification-2/
Once your attain your certification, it is important to recertify in order to maintain your certification. Recertifying is more than just a requirement, it will help you stay abreast of new research, trends, and best practices. It will increase your value in your organization and you will remain more marketable than other candidates. Most importantly, staying certified will refine your knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to perform effectively and adapt to changes in the work environment. Look for these symbols next to courses and seminars available in your area. Here is a few ways to recertify:
e-Learning by Instructor
What if you want a blend of learning styles? e-Learning provides that luxury where you can benefit from an instructor led course online at a scheduled time AND at home study materials to review taught material at your own pace. Vendors like the Employers Group now provide e-Learning for the SHRM-SCP/CP exams.
If you prefer to study at home without an instructor, then many book and CD materials are available. For the SHRM-CP/SCP, there is the SHRM Learning System. For the SPHR/PHR, there are third party vendors. Get started today!
Certified Professional in
Learning and Performance
The CPLP certification demonstrates your mastery in the Talent Development specialty of HR. It is based on the ATD Competency model of key areas of expertise such as instructional design, change management, and performance improvement. Learn more: http://www.td.org/certification
I passed the SHRM-CP Exam in May 2015 and I would like to share my success story on how to pass the exam. Please note that these tips do not include any confidential information about the actual exam such as the content of the test questions as we agree not to share this information. Instead, these tips are general preparation tips. Just finished the SHRM-CP exam May 2 at a Prometic test site in Diamond Bar, CA. I used the SHRM Learning System and the SHRM instructor Led course at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Both of these methods indeed helped me prepare!
You can also study only using the SHRM Learning System
When selecting a test center make sure you go to one you know! I took many tests at the Prometric one in Diamond Bar, California its great and peaceful! Be sure to take advantage of the STRIKE OUT FEATURE when marking possible answers out so they do not show anymore. Also be careful with the SJT (Situational Judgement Test Questions) there is the "best answer" and the "partial good answer", so make sure you read the HR Competencies module well because SJTs rely heavily on competencies and the SHRM-BoCk.
Be careful choosing between SHRM-CP and SCP exams, even though you qualify for both. The SCP is MORE questions in the SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, and even more SJTs, which are very time consuming. Plus it focuses more on the Strategy Module whereas CP focuses more on administration.
As an aspiring HR Professional, learning is continuous and happens everyday. If you plan to get a certification either your SPHR, PHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, CCP, etc. its wise to start preparing for your exams early. You can seek preparation thru classroom learning, self learning, or e-Learning by Instructor.
Certified Internet Recruiter
The Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) designation is the most widely recognized professional standard for modern-day talent acquisition. The CIR focuses on passive candidate searches using all aspects of the latest recruitment strategies including internet sourcing, social sourcing, and professional networking recruiting tactics. Learn more: https://www.airsdirectory.com/mc/training_certification.guid
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In the next section, learn about how to succeed in HR. Yes, you may have an education, work, and a certification, but how do you continue to climb the corporate HR ladder? How you do continue to stand out from the crowd? The secrets are revealed in the next section.
Human Resource Information Professional
The HR Information Professional is geared toward HRIS Analysts. Sponsored by the International Association for HR Information Management founded in 1980, this exam is designed to assess the knowledge and competencies of professionals in the HR technology field. Passing the exam indicates a demonstrated comprehensive understanding and
proficiency of the defined body of knowledge in HR information management. Learn more: http://ihrim.org/Certification_Overview.html
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