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Certification
 
Certification Director:
Ashley Cuthbertson
HR Business Partner
1759 Wehrle Drive
Williamsville, NY 14223
(p) 716-616-4370
 
 
Have you recently gotten your certification? Let us know so we can recognize your achievements in our chapter chatter and program meetings!! Email ashley.cuthbertson@ingrammicro.com with your name, certification awarded and copy of certificate, and date you received it.
                                                            
   
 
Certification Information
Becoming certified by the HR Certification Institute is a career-long commitment. HR professionals from around the globe, working for companies both large and small, have earned and maintained their certifications and, as a result, helped their HR career. Achieving certification demonstrates to your peers and organization that you are driven to be successful in HR.

 

The HR Certification Institute offers multiple certifications to fit every HR professional including:
 

Professional in Human Resources (PHR®)
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®)
Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®California Certification (PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA®)
Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP℠)
Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP℠)

 

The most common certifications are the PHR and SPHR. The PHR and SPHR exams assess generalist knowledge of the HR field, including strategic business management, workforce planning and employment, HR development, total rewards, employee and labor relations, and risk management.

 

The GPHR exam assesses the international HR body of knowledge and is intended for HR professionals with cross-border responsibilities. The tested areas include strategic HR management, global talent acquisition and mobility, global compensation and benefits, organizational effectiveness, talent development, workforce relations, and risk management.

 
Exam Requirements
 
PHR Exam Requirements:

A minimum of 1 year of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a master’s degree or higher

A minimum of 2 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a bachelor’s degree

A minimum of 4 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a high school diploma 

 

SHPR Requirements:

A minimum of 4years of experience  in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a master’s degree or higher

A minimum of 5 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a bachelor’s degree

A minimum of 7 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a high school diploma

 
Financial Assistance Available
There are scholarships available for those pursuing HR certification.  The SHRM Foundation offers a $750 scholarship for SHRM members pursuing a college degree or professional certification.  More information is available at SHRM Foundation Scholarships and Awards. Additionally, the BNHRA offers one scholarship per year to attend the Canisius center for Professional Development’s PHR Preparation course to support our membership in pursuing the certification. This scholarship is awarded annually at our “Evening with the Stars” event in April.
 
Additionally, the BNHRA has partnered with the Canisius College Center for Professional Development to offer BNHRA members a 20% discount on their Preparation Course to assist our members with obtaining their certification. This is a cost savings of over $250. Plus, Canisius Course graduates pass the exams at a 17% better rate than the national average. 

 
 

Recertification

Sixty (60) recertification credit hours are required every three years to maintain your certification.  The recertification requirements are in place to ensure that you increase your HR knowledge and expertise.  Because the HR trends, practices and policies are constantly changing, achieving these requirements helps you stay current in the HR field. You can find more information in the HRCI Recertification Handbook.BNHRA supports your recertification efforts through our exciting programming opportunities month to month. Additionally, we are here to help with any questions you may have about recertifying, as well as ideas to meet the 6- credits required.

 
Did you know?
10 Recertification credits can be earned for each of the activities below:

Being a National Member of SHRM

Mentoring an HR Professional or HR student through a formal mentoring program.
BNHRA has a formal student mentoring program you can volunteer for!
Holding a volunteer HR position for a professional organization

20 Recertification credits can be earned for each of the activities below:

Creating an HR Budget
Developing an employee handbook
Leading a performance management seminar
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