If you’re in the HR industry, unless you’ve been hiding in a cave the last couple weeks, I’m sure you’ve read countless posts about the fallout between SHRM and HRCI regarding HR certification. While SHRM has always promoted HRCI as the place to go for HR certification (PHR, SPHR and GPHR), it has suddenly done an about-face and now announces that they will provide their own certification.
This whole debacle has left thousands of HRCI certified HR professionals in a bind- not knowing whether they should continue to keep up their HRCI credits or switch to what SHRM offers. In either case, the part of the discussion, or lack of, that gets me is that there are hundreds of thousands of successful HR professionals who actively choose NOT to be certified. For those like me who have made this decision, it’s interesting to read posts by SPHR’s thumbing their noses at us, saying they wouldn’t hire us. They say that without “demonstrating a body of knowledge” we are not able to progress and also that people like me are choosing not to stay up to date.
I have a news flash for those that think like this…
I personally know many people who stay up to date without HRCI certification. After all, some of us are the very people that SHRM and other conferences call in to teach you so that you can get your credits.
Now, I do greatly respect anyone who has become certified. My personal reasons for not getting it are just as valid as the reasons some people get it. It has never hurt me from doing a good job, it has never stopped me from being promoted, it has never kept me from getting a job at a higher level at a new company, it has never prevented me from being the head of HR. It has never stopped me from being chosen to speak at SHRM annual nor many other state SHRM conferences. In fact, it has never kept me from being completely current in my chosen profession.
For me, the point is not to judge people who want to be HRCI certified. It shows their dedication to being the best in HR they can be. We also should not judge the people who are very excited about the idea of a new way to train, measure and certify HR through SHRM’s certification program. They too have very high aspirations of being the best HR professionals. Oh, and of course, not judge those who are doing it on our own, our own way. We too are doing all we can to learn and stay ahead of the curve so that we can drive the profession forward. All three types of HR pro are really going after the same result. We want to be able to provide the best knowledge and advice to our leaders and employees.
Spend the time and energy on ensuring you are comfortable with your course of action instead of worrying about whether someone communicated something the “right” way or not. We’ll all be better HR pros for it.