Posts Tagged ‘Global Professional in Human Resources’

What is More Valuable, HR Certification or a Master’s Degree?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A record number of candidates sat for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification exams from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) in 2010.

Despite that fact, only 13 percent of eligible HR professionals are certified. However, recent estimates show that between 40 and 60 percent of open mid-level or higher HR positions either “require” or “prefer” certification. In plain language, 13 percent of the workforce commands roughly half of the open HR labor market.

In this tough employment landscape, candidates need every advantage. Professional certification is a no-brainer. There is a raging chat room argument as to what is more valuable, a master’s degree in HR or HRCI certification. There are pros and cons to both sides. The fact that this argument won’t go away tells most experts they are equally valuable to one’s career. However, a master’s degree costs about $35,000 and takes two years of effort, while HR certification costs about $1,500 with a prep class, and takes 10 weeks.

Many people mistakenly assume the new eligibility requirements from HRCI will make it tougher for candidates to qualify for admission to the certification exams. For some, this is true. For others, it is easier to qualify.

While the PHR and GPHR exams require four years of professional HR experience and the SPHR requires seven, all three give credit for education. Subtract two years from the eligibility requirement if the candidate has a bachelor’s degree and subtract another one if he or she holds a master’s. This means that some PHR candidates only need one year of professional experience before they qualify to sit for the exam.

It is not a question as to “whether” you need certification; the question is “when.”  CAI offers a Web-based, evening PHR/SPHR Certification Study Course.  For additional information visit http://bit.ly/phr-web.

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Human Resources Certification is an Advantage

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Executive Director Mary Power was recently interviewed regarding the importance that employers place upon HR-certified applicants. A study conducted by HRCI showed 96 percent of hiring employers indicated that certification was an advantage for HR applicants and 91 percent felt it was an advantage for employees seeking promotion in HR.

According to the study, certification provides benefits for both companies and individuals. From the company standpoint, improvements were reported in customer satisfaction, employee engagement, turnover and profits.

In addition, employers and certified HR professionals indicated that certification:

  • Increases employee knowledge
  • Ensures HR knowledge is up to date
  • Demonstrates employee commitment to HR
  • Is good for the reputation of the organization
  • Increases employees’ confidence in their ability to do the job
  • Shows the organization takes HR seriously
  • Gives employees greater trust and confidence in the HR department
  • Makes HR professionals think more strategically

Every few years, the HR Certification exams are evaluated and updated to be certain they remain relevant to the real world of HR and that eligibility requirements are in line with professional certification standards. The new eligibility requirements for 2011 are as follows:

PHR (Professional in Human Resources) Eligibility
1 year of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher;
2 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or
4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree.

SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) Eligibility
4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher;
5 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or
7 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree.

GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) Eligibility
2 years of demonstrated global professional HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher;
3 years of demonstrated professional HR experience (with 2 of the 3 being global HR experience) with a Bachelor’s degree; or
4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience (with 2 of the 4 being global HR experience) with less than a Bachelor’s degree.

CAI provides PHR, SPHR and GPHR certification study courses, both in person and web-based.  Please see www.capital.org for additional information.

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2011 Eligibility Changes for PHR, SPHR and GPHR Create Sense of Urgency

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

This is it! The eligibility rules will change in 2011 for the Human Resources Certification Institute exams for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).

The December 2010 testing period will be the last chance for many HR professionals to sit for the PHR or SPHR exams, or they may have to wait years.  It will also be the last opportunity for most HR professionals to take the GPHR exam, ever.

If you’ve been delaying professional certification until a better time, this is what you’ve been waiting for.  The new rules, going into effect Feb. 1, 2011, will require PHR candidates to have four years of exempt-level HR experience. SPHR applicants must have seven years experience.

Candidates may subtract two years for a bachelor’s degree (any major) and another year for a master’s degree (any major). Thus, master’s degree holders need only one year of professional experience for the PHR and four for the SPHR. This is in contrast to the current requirement of applicants needing only two years of exempt-level HR experience with no allowance for bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

Starting in 2011, GPHR candidates must have four years of professional HR experience, with two of the four being international experience. They may subtract one year for a bachelor’s and another for a master’s. Candidates must still possess two years of experience during which they spent 51 percent or more of their time in global HR. They will no longer be able to obtain the GPHR first and then seek an international assignment.

So, if you have thought about pursuing GPHR certification, you may have no other choice than to give it a try this year. If not, you may never get another opportunity. Don’t worry – if you earn the GPHR credential before the qualifications change, you can’t lose it in the future unless you fail to re-certify, even if you don’t work in global HR.

Our April 2010 survey indicates that 60 percent of open HR positions in the United States “require” or “prefer” professional certification, while only 13 percent of eligible professionals are actually certified. The bottom line is there has never been a more critical time for HR professionals to attain their professional accreditation.

CAI’s highly successful PHR, SPHR, and GPHR programs are designed to give candidates the highest probability of gaining accreditation. With classes in Raleigh, Greensboro and online, CAI is here to help anyone wishing to go for the gold.

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