Wow, that’s a lot of letters. I'm glad I don't have to introduce myself as such. Just kidding. In addition, to the name, SHRM has also announced how this certification process will be governed.
As you can see above, SHRM has also decided how the credits will be handled via SHRM affiliates. What I don't have an answer to yet is, how they will handle pre-approved providers like my company, Rogers HR Consulting, who has been a provider of PHR/SPHR HRCI certified programs since 2007. I have sent my question to the email about and waiting to hear back. I am sure a lot of organizations like myself as well as associations, universities, etc. are very curious.
Having just completed my year as a Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) for SHRM in December, I was considering applying to serve on the HRCI board. Now it seems I will need to make a choice as whether I apply to SHRM's new governance board or the stick with my original plan. Both will have an impact on the certification/educational needs of the professionals I have been serving as a volunteer for SHRM affiliates since 1997. Of course, neither of them may elect me, if I applied so it could be a non-issue. End of my SHRM volunteer career? Who knows? I am still on the ILSHRM board as College Relations Director and I am one of the co-advisors for the UIS Student Chapter aka PStarHR so it's not likely.
If your are going to #SHRM14 be sure to stop by one of the three offered SHRM Certification Town Hall meetings hosted by my friend Brian Dickson and his team. I am sure they will answer all your questions. Remember, HRCI is not going away! Connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter and give me a shout out to meet in real life (IRL) at the conference if you plan to be there.