Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SHRM's New Baby Named!

As you read in my most recent posts, SHRM has announced new certifications that will be available in 2015.  Several have referred to the fiasco with the announcement and relationship with HRCI as a DIVORCE.  While that may or may not be true as the two organizations proceed, SHRM has announced the name of what I have referred to above as their new Baby.  They are the SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resources Management - Certified Professional) and SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resources Management - SENIOR Certified Professional).  Here is what the logo's will look like:

Of course, as a career long volunteer for SHRM, I don't mean that in a condescending way.  However, it should be treated as such due to the delicate situation that has been created between the two organizations and primarily within the community who is very concerned about the impression this makes on the non-HR community.  I know the latter, is by far my biggest concern as I have worked so hard over the years to advance this profession and serve the professional.  I do realize the latter is in the plan from SHRM to allow current professionals to obtain the new certifications very easily once they are available. So from what I understand when I go through the certification steps mentioned in a previous blog post, my name will appear as the following in all my professional signatures:

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.

1 comment:

  1. I really like the work of SHRM and our student chapter at UIS. I am hoping to participate in a fellowship opportunity next year while completing the HRM Graduate Certificate. It will be nice to have the opportunity to earn the SHRM-CP.


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