Congratulations on becoming certified. When you became certified – whether it was last month, last year or three or more years ago – you demonstrated not only your support of the HR profession, but your professional commitment to excellence in the field. Your journey, however, has just started. Both creditials are talked about below.
Because the HR profession is constantly changing and evolving, it is important for certified professionals to continually update their HR competencies and knowledge. Achieving certification as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CPSM) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCPSM) is the first step. Recertifying demonstrates your commitment to the profession, to your organization, and to yourself through lifelong education and professional development.
The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) is the basis for the new SHRM credentials. The SHRM BoCK, which draws heavily on the SHRM Competency Model, describes the Behavioral Competencies and functional Knowledge needed for effective job performance. In other words, the SHRM BoCK explains what HR professionals need to know, and how they must apply this expertise to perform effectively in the workplace. HR professionals obtain recertification by engaging in professional development activities that relate to the Behavioral Competencies and Functional Areas of Knowledge identified in the SHRM BoCK. The incorporation of competencies into the SHRM BoCK greatly expands the range of activities that will qualify for Professional Development Credits (PDCs).
By encouraging HR professionals to continually enhance their competency and expertise, the SHRM recertification program increases the value of the SHRM credentials to the HR profession and the business community at large. By embodying the twin aspects of modern HR practice, Competency and Knowledge, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP represent the new standard of HR certification.