Certification Committee Chair
The Certification Committee assists HR professionals interested in obtaining and/or retaining the desired HR certification through study preparation groups, opportunities for recertification credits, and programs of scholarships and sponsorships. Certifications are offered through SHRM for the SHRMSCP/CP certifications or Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) for the PHR, SPHR, GPHR certifications.
We welcome your questions regarding certification. We are here to help!
HR professionals may maintain their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential by engaging in professional development activities that relate to the behavioral competencies and HR knowledge identified in the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™. SHRM created three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders can earn PDCs: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization, and Advance Your Profession.
For more information on how to recertify, refer to the SHRM Recertification Handbook.
What's new in Certification?
Many WHRMA members have had questions regarding their current Professional HR Certification, and what their next steps should be, with both SHRM and HRCI offering multiple HR designations. Please find some tools that will provide information to assist with the decision making process.
SHRM Certification App:
Easily add your PDCs under the Advance Your Education section.
Track all activities you have already added to your record.
Find upcoming approved activities in your area.
Search and filter by competency or date, or use your location to find activities close to you.
Receive a notification when you are eligible to apply for recertification.
Please visit the following websites for more Certification information:
Interested in Pursuing HR Certification?
Prepare to Earn Your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP
The SHRM Learning System® is delivered in a fully online format—providing comprehensive, flexible and effective SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam preparation. Real-life situations that require decision-making skills are incorporated into the online learning modules in addition to study tools to help you better understand, apply and engage with behavioral competencies and HR knowledge.
Professionals who use the SHRM Learning System to prepare for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam consistently beat the average pass rate.
Discover available SHRM System learning options, to suit your schedule, learning style, group size and location. Then get started on the path to earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP!
To learn more about the certification, visit the HRCI website at www.hrci.org.
Several universities in the area provide classes to help prepare for the certification exams. These universities include the following: (revised 12/2016)
Pace University * WHRMA members: Eligible for $50.00 credit towards prep courses *
MTI Business Solutions * WHRMA members: Eligible for $50.00 credit towards HRCI prep courses *
Click here for a SHRM Learning System College/University program or find more SHRM-CP/SPC Exam Preparation Courses in your area, below:
Set Yourself Apart with SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification
Certification not only prepares you for the challenges ahead, but also sets you on a path for further success. By earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) credential, you demonstrate that you’re invested in your career and ready to lead.
Unlike memorization-based certification credentials, SHRM certification measures an HR professional's most critical skill: the ability to apply HR principles to real-life situations. No other exam compares.
Prove your HR knowledge—and how you can apply that knowledge on the job. Gain a platform to show you’re ready to take on the next challenge.
Determine your eligibility using the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP eligibility chart.
Apply for the exam. Find upcoming deadlines, exam windows and fees and submit your application.
Choose a SHRM certification preparation option, based on your learning style and schedule. Discover available learning options.
Take the exam and leverage your certification! Continue ongoing learning and development through recertification.
WHRMA Scholarship Program
From time to time, WHRMA, with the generous support from our dedicated partner, Jackson Lewis, offers a WHRMA Certification Scholarship Program. Details will be posted when the next window opens to apply for the WHRMA Certification Scholarship.
Maintain Your SHRM Credential with Recertification:
Because the HR profession is constantly changing and evolving, it is important for certified professionals to continually update their HR competencies and knowledge. Achieving certification as a SHRM
Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) is the first step. Recertifying demonstrates your commitment to the profession, to your organization, and to yourself through lifelong education and professional development.
HR professionals obtain recertification by engaging in professional development activities that relate to the behavioral competencies and HR knowledge identified in the SHRM BoCK. The incorporation of competencies into the SHRM BoCK greatly expands the range of activities that will qualify for professional development credits (PDCs). To recertify and maintain your credential, you must earn 60 PDCs every three years, or retake the certification exam.
SHRM created three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders can earn PDCs:
Advance Your Education through continuing education activities such as conferences, seminars, webcasts, e-learning, chapter programs and more.
Advance Your Organization through supervisor-endorsed work projects that meet or support organizational goals and demonstrate or advance capabilities in one or more of the HR competencies.
Advance Your Profession through thought leadership and volunteer activities that contribute to the development of the HR profession and the community.
For detailed descriptions of what activities qualify for PDCs, refer to the SHRM Recertification Handbook.
To start the recertification process, visit shrmcertification.org/recertify.
Who Is Certified?
Certified HR Professionals are effectively managing and leading a broad range of organizations, from multinational corporations to family-owned businesses, for-profit to nonprofit, publicly traded to government operated.
Certified HR Professionals are dedicated leaders, willing mentors and trusted strategic partners, serving both their organizations and their profession.
Today more than 130,000+ HR professionals in more than 100 countries proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute's credentials as a mark of high professional distinction.
Career-Committed HR Professionals
8% VP and Above
38% Specialist Roles
Once I've Obtained My Certification, How Do I Maintain It?
HRCI requires PHR and SPHR holders to either retake and pass the certification exam every three years, or obtain 60 recertification credits during the three years after passing the exam. SHRM will also require SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP holders to do the same. You can attend approved meetings, conferences, and events as one way to earn recertification credits. All of WHRMA's professional development programs are eligible for Recertification Credit Hours (RCH). Information on each event will list the number of credit hours you can earn for attending the program. Look for the HRCI "Approved for Credit" symbol and the SHRM approved logo on the "Events" page next to those events approved to receive the appropriate recertification credit.
Recertification Credit Hours
Have you attended one of our WHRMA programs and forgot to pick up the recertification credit hours number? We can provide the number to you after we verify your attendance. Please contact Jodi-Ann.