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Certification Update April 2018

Jennifer Lange, SHRM-SCP

Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP, PHR Director of Certification

Upcoming Deadlines 

SHRM certification and recertification scholarships 

  • The SHRM Foundation will award 220 scholarships in 2018, with 110 awarded this spring to individuals seeking a SHRM certification.  Ten of these scholarships are reserved for SHRM members who have advanced veteran hiring in a professional or volunteer capacity. Deadline: April 10, 2018
  • New in 2018–Forty scholarships will support individuals who are recertifying their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, with 20 awarded this spring. Deadline: April 10, 2018

HR Indiana SHRM also offers our own SHRM Certification (and conference) scholarship opportunities; more information is here; Deadline:  June 30, 2018


SHRM Recertification Live Chat on April 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET

Apply/register for your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam – LATE exam applications (an additional $75 LATE fee) will be accepted through April 13, 2018 for the May 1 – July 15, 2018 testing window.  View the entire SHRM Certification application process here. Also, you can check the SHRM Certification exam eligibility requirements here.


Need a Programming Idea – SHRM Offers Competency Based Education for Chapters

Check out SHRM’s Competency Based Education for Chapters.  You will see two (2) 1.5 hour programs to address topics based on the SHRM HR Competency Model.  This is free of charge for SHRM Chapters and Councils in good standing, it is a multi-media presentation, includes easy to use facilitator guides and is accessible via the VLRC – note, SHRM will need a five (5) day lead window to approve the request to use it…this is a great idea for chapter programming.


Monthly SHRM Recertification Live Chats

If you are a SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holder, join SHRM to ask the SHRM Recertification Counselors any questions you have about SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP recertification—regardless of where you are in your recertification cycle.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to make the most of the resources available to you and to clear up any areas of confusion.  SHRM’s Recertification Counselors are here to help.

Live chats will happen the second Wednesday of most months at 2:00 pm ET (for 30 minutes)…upcoming dates are April 11, June 13, July 11, August 8, October 10, November 14, and December 14.  NOTE — This is an online Q&A chat.  Any questions you have can be submitted into a text box (there will not be audio).  Also, after you register, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to the online chat room.

Register for the live chat here.

To remain SHRM Certified you need to Earn 60 PDCs within a 3-year recertification cycle that ends on the last day of your birth month or take the SHRM Certification exam.

Recertification Counselors are available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET at (703) 535.6360 or contact them at recertification@shrm.org


Accelerate Your HR Career – SHRM’s Competency Self-Assessment

SHRM has launched new member-only career resources can help fast-track your HR career development with easy-to-use tools that assess your HR skills and competencies and guide you toward further training and development.  There are three (3) easy steps that will get you on your way to becoming the best HR professional you can be!  First, Competency Self-Assessment, then Development Activity Wizard, and finally, Competency Development Plan — To learn more about this new benefit and how to accelerate your career, visit shrm.org/careers.

NOTE – If you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified member, you will receive one (1) PDC per year for each calendar year you complete the Competency Self-Assessment.  Use it to evaluate how best to target your professional development efforts toward the 60 PDCs required to maintain your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential over your three (3) year recertification period.


Another Way to Earn PDCs

Remember, your annual National SHRM Membership qualifies for three (3) PDCs per year (and SHRM automatically loads this in your SHRM Portal).


Need More Recertification Credits – Register for the HR Indiana 2018 Conference!

Is it too early to be thinking about August already?  As you know, the HR Indiana Conference is one of the largest regional human resources conferences in the United States with world-renowned keynote speakers, three (3) days of educational sessions, networking opportunities and exposure to the latest HR products and services.  The conference delivers exceptional HR education that will expand your knowledge and your network…complete with tons of opportunities for SHRM PDCs (recertification credits!!!)

Register now here (early bird deadline is May 1, 2018); the conference will be at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis on August 20-22, 2018.

NEW!  You can also register now for the NEW Midwest Diversity Inclusion & Disability Awareness Conference!  The new Midwest D&D Conference starts immediately following the closing keynote of HR Indiana.  You can register for HR Indiana AND the Midwest D&D Conference and save 10% on both!  The Midwest D&D Conference is a 1 1/2 day conference covering a wide spectrum of Diversity & Disability topics.  The Midwest D&D Conference is only $250 and concludes on Thursday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m.


Enhanced Chapter Support – SHRM Recertification

It’s bbbaaaaccccckkk – help your local chapter (encourage your members to help too) and our Indiana State Council by recertifying your SHRM Certification in 2018 – SHRM is offering enhanced financial support to those SHRM Chapters and State Councils in good standing based on the number of SHRM members who recertify between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

  • Chapters will receive $20 per each chapter member who is a SHRM member in good standing, primarily coded to the chapter and recertifies for SHRM Certification during 2018
  • State Councils will receive $10 per each SHRM member in good standing (in-chapter and at-large) in the state who recertifies for SHRM Certification during 2018


Payment will be made to affiliates in good standing in early 2019 based on the number of recertified members meeting the above criteria as of 12/31/18.

Learn more about SHRM Recertification here.


iOS and Android Users Can Now Access the SHRM Certification App

With the SHRM Certification App, available for iOS and Android devices, SHRM credential holders can search and filter recertification activities by competency, date or location; keep track of them; and enter the appropriate PDCs!  Also, the app automatically uploads the PDCs you’ve obtained from National SHRM conferences, SHRM eLearning, and SHRM seminars etc. into your profile.

The email address in your SHRM Recertification Portal must match the email address in your National SHRM Membership account for it to link up.

The app will also notify you when you are ready to apply for SHRM Recertification!


SHRM Certification Resources – Engage Your Chapter Members in SHRM Certification

Take advantage of SHRM’s turnkey resources the SHRM marketing team has created to help you promote the SHRM Certification program.  Head to SHRM’s Volunteer Leader Resource Center (VLRC) here to learn more.  Promotional resources are provided for:

  • Promoting SHRM Certification
  • Promoting Certification Preparation
  • Promoting Recertification
  • Chapter and Certification Prep Partnership Resources
  • Other Certification Resources

Please email shrmeducation@shrm.org if you have any questions.


SHRM Learning System Champion Info

Is your chapter a SHRM Learning System Champion?  You become one by either partnering with a SHRM Education Partner to promote an instructor-led course that uses the SHRM Learning System and/or host and administer a facilitator-led SHRM Learning System study group.

Below is a list of ways to promote a Chapter Study Group. Complete at least three (3) of the items below to qualify for recognition. SHRM suggests implementing these at least four weeks prior to the study group/course commencement:

  • Post course or study group notification on the chapter’s website
  • Place announcement in chapter newsletter, if applicable
  • Place the SHRM Learning System tile ad on the chapter’s home page
  • Announce the course or study group at a chapter event
  • Send an e-mail blast to members to promote the course or study group
  • Post a message on LinkedIn or other social media group pages
  • Promote course or study group at state HR conferences or regional meetings

If you’ve accomplished this, register here and be recognized at SHRM VLS in November 2018 and you will receive a SHRM Learning System Champion recognition tile ad to place on your chapter’s website.


SHRM Certification Preparation from SHRM

SHRM is hosting both a 3-day in person SHRM Certification Prep Seminar at various locations within the United States as well as 3, 7 or 9-week virtual options. Learn more here.


HR Professionals Can Now Earn California Micro-Credential

HR professionals who practice in California, work for an organization that has operations in California or serve clients who do business in California have a new opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of that state’s unique legislative and regulatory landscape. In late February, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) introduced its California Employment Law Micro-Credential, which is designed to recognize an HR practitioner’s state-specific expertise.

Visit SHRM’s California Employment Law Micro-Credential page for more information.