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Recertification: Keep the Commitment
Did you know that participating in a structured mentoring program can earn you recertification credit?
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HR Certification
Not certified yet, did you know that HR certification is a career-long commitment that proves to your peers and your organization that you are driven to be successful in HR management? Earning your HR credentials can:
  • Increase your professional confidence
  • Set you apart from your peers
  • Result in greater respect from the organization in which you work
The time has never been better to earn your credentials. Only two exam windows remain under the current eligibility requirements, which require a minimum of two years exempt experience in HR. A tiered eligibility requirement format, combining experience and formal education, goes into place for the May/June 2011 exam window. Download the HR Certification Institute’s 2011 Exam flier for more information and a side-by-side comparison of the current and the future requirements.
 
Hear more about what current HR certified professionals are saying about the value of their credentials.
 
PHR, SPHR, GPHR Recertification
Did you know that your organization’s in-house training programs could earn you recertification credit?
 
You can earn recertification credit by attending formal on-the-job training sessions offered by your employer. In-house training falls under the continuing education recertification category. There is no recertification credit limit for this category if you attend in person. There is a maximum of 20-credit hours for training received via webcast.
 
What type of in-house training qualifies? Training that is HR related in topic, has a set learning objective and includes an instructor who has expertise on the subject presented. Training also needs to be at least one hour in length. Credit is awarded on an hour-for-hour basis.
 
Why Recertify?
Recertification demonstrates your continued dedication to stay up to date with the rapidly changing HR profession. To retain the PHR, SPHR or GPHR designations, the HR Certification Institute requires all certificants to recertify every three years. There are two ways to recertify. Accumulate 60 educational hours through continuing education, instruction, on-the-job experience, research and publishing, leadership activities, or membership in a national or international professional organization such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), or retake the certification exam (“recertification by examination”).
 
Don’t let these tough economic times stop you from earning recertification credit for your HR certification. Hundreds of FREE or low-cost activities count towards recertification credit. The HR Certification Institute has created a list of these activities that provide you the opportunity to earn your recertification credit hours at little to no expense.
 
For example, you can earn recertification credit for first-time on-the-job activities, such as design and implement a new performance management system or diversity program; you also earn recertification credit for being a member of a national or international HR-related professional association or society, such as SHRM, or ASTD.
 
Also, don’t miss out on the recertification credits available to you through local SHRM chapter programs and the Wisconsin State SHRM Conference.
 
Each person holding an HR Certification Institute certification has his or her own online recertification file in which to record continuing education activities. This Online Profile allows you to record your activities as they accumulate. When you have obtained the necessary 60 hours, you may pay for and submit your application online. It is highly recommended that you retain all backup documentation until you receive confirmation of recertified status. More information about the Online Profile and the application process is available in the 2009 Recertification Handbook, page 23.
 
It is important to remember that if you do not recertify or your recertification application does not meet the established recertification criteria, your certification is considered expired and therefore you are no longer certified. You must cease using the PHR, SPHR or GPHR designation(s). Once your certification expires, the only way to become certified again is to retake the certification exam.
With questions go to www.hrci.org for additional information on recertification.  
 
Recertification Extensions
Occasionally, extenuating circumstances—such as prolonged unemployment or the serious illness of a close family member—may prevent certificants from meeting the required 60 hours of continuing education experience over a three-year period. One-year extensions of recertification expiration dates can be requested in such circumstances. The extension can be taken only once during a certificant’s recertification career and must be approved at least three months before the recertification expiration date. The fee to request an extension is U.S. $100. Certificants may also choose to recertify by examination on or before their recertification expiration date.
 
Examples of those who may be eligible for an extension include:
  • Certificants who have been out of work for at least one year of the three-year recertification cycle due to lay-off or child birth/childcare.
  • Certificants who have spent a significant amount of time caring for a seriously ill family member or who have suffered serious illness themselves.
  • Certificants deployed to active duty in one of the armed forces for at least a one-year assignment.
Certificants who have not accrued the required 60 recertification credits by their expiration date and who have not experienced extenuating circumstances or have simply not submitted a recertification application on or before their expiration date are not eligible for an extension.
 
If the extension is approved, the recertification expiration date will be extended for one year, allowing enough time to accumulate the necessary continuing education credits. At the end of that period, certificants will be required to submit a completed recertification application form demonstrating that they have successfully met the continuing education requirements. The full recertification application fee is also due at that time. Upon successful recertification, the new three-year recertification cycle will begin at the end of the extension period.
 
When requesting an extension, submit the following materials at least three months before the expiration date:
  • A written request for extension providing a description of the extenuating circumstances;
  • Documentation of the extenuating circumstances, this may include a letter from a physician, notice of termination or receipt of unemployment benefits.
  • The $100 extension request fee (U.S. dollars); and
  • A completed recertification application demonstrating the efforts made to meet recertification requirements.
Certificants not approved for an extension must submit a completed recertification application by the original expiration date or their certifications will lapse.
 
HRCI Eligibility Requirements 2011
 
In keeping with best practices for certification programs, the HR Certification Institute conducted an extensive multi-pronged study of the eligibility requirements of their three core products: Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). Based on feedback from both certified and non-certified HR professionals, business leaders, students and academicians, the requirements will now include a combination of education and experience.

The following changes go into effect in the May-June 2011 testing window.

New eligibility requirements:

PHR Eligibility
• 4 years demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree
• 2 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree
• 1 year of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher

SPHR Eligibility
• 7 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree
• 5 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree
• 4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher

GPHR Eligibility
• 4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience (2 of the 4 being global HR experience) with less than a Bachelor’s degree
• 3 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience (2 of the 3 being global HR experience) with a Bachelor’s degree
• 2 years of demonstrated global exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher

For more information please visit http://www.hrci.org/.

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