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Certification Update June 2019

Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP Director of Certification

Now Accepting Applications – 4th Annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships for HR Professionals

The HR Indiana Annual Conference announces the 4th annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships. These are needs-based scholarships that will be awarded by HR Indiana and Barnes & Thornburg. There are two (2) scholarships that will be awarded:

Find out more about the scholarship by following this link and then apply here for one of the Scholarships (Certification or Conference Scholarship). The application deadline for the Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Certification Scholarship is June 30, 2019 (awarded at the Indiana Annual Conference in August).

SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarships

SHRM will award SHRM Certification scholarships on November 1 – scholarship applications will be accepted June 1 – September 1. Recipients will receive $750 for SHRM Certification exam and preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP). Learn more. Note: November 1 awards must be used between November 1, 2019 and November 1, 2020.

Chapters are also eligible to apply for a separate SHRM Certification scholarship to either conduct (or if your chapter is planning to conduct) a SHRM certification preparation program or other effort to promote SHRM certification. More information.

SHRM Certification –Winter Testing Window December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020

SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) winter exam applications will be accepted May 13 – October 18 (with an additional $75 late application fee for applications between October 19 and November 9) for the December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020 testing window.

View the entire SHRM Certification application process. Also, you can check the SHRM Certification exam eligibility requirements.

Hosting a Fall SHRM Certification Chapter Study Group?

Please let me know (Jennifer.Lange@oldnational.com) if your chapter is planning/hosting a fall SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) study group. It can either be a study group that the chapter sponsors (i.e. coordinates/runs, etc.) or one in which you partner with a recognized local education partner (colleges, universities, etc.)! I would love to share the specifics of what your chapter is doing with those who make inquiries via the HR Indiana State Council so we can begin referring people your way (and we can share information at the HR Indiana Conference in August as well)! We can also continue to think about how we may be able to share your SHRM Certification Study Group information on our website.

Also, if you are thinking about trying to get a chapter study group going for this fall, I would be happy to assist you and/or share some best practices. As always, please let me know how I may be able to assist you/your chapter/your membership with SHRM Certification efforts!

Further, SHRM created the SHRM Certification resources and tools to help you promote SHRM Certification preparation, SHRM Certification and Recertification. Learn how your chapter can partner with a SHRM Education Partner to host an instructor-led cert prep course and/or host and administer a facilitator-led SHRM Learning System study group. Tools are available.

Remember, if your chapter is planning on hosting a SHRM Certification study group – the 2019 SHRM Learning System is available with some deeply discounted prices through the Holmes Corporation. Our Indiana contact is Alison Costello, Alison.Costello@shrm.org, 651-905-2654. If you have any issues/concerns, please reach out to me, and we can work though it (i.e. the minimum order requirement, etc.)

SHRM Certification Info from Q1 SHRM Certification CLA Call/Webcast

SHRM shared via their Q1 Certification Director Core Leadership Area (CLA) call/webcast that the average is 30% in terms of those chapter members who are also National SHRM members who hold a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification – please help your members get SHRM Certified! If your chapter sends out a welcome email or letter to your chapter’s new members – think about adding SHRM Certification information if you aren’t already doing that!

If you haven’t used the SHRM Volunteer Exchange, consider using it! It is a community created exclusively for SHRM volunteer leaders. Further, it is a place where you can ask your specific volunteer-related questions and receive volunteer feedback from across the country. Access the Volunteer Exchange.

While you are out on the VLRC, please check out the SHRM Certification and Recertification information. The tools on the VLRC are customizable to and can be ready to go content for your website, information to share at chapter events, as well as a lot of helpful information to answer SHRM Certification and/or Recertification questions that may come up.

Remember, if your chapter is planning on hosting a SHRM Certification study group – the 2019 SHRM Learning System is available with some deeply discounted prices through the Holmes Corporation. Our Indiana contact is Alison Costello, Alison.Costello@shrm.org, 651-905-2654. If you have any issues/concerns, please reach out to me (Jennifer.Lange@oldnational.com) and we can work though it (i.e. the minimum order requirement, etc.)

Remember, SHRM produces a Quarterly Membership Report which shows (in a specific column) the number of SHRM Certified SHRM members primarily coded to each chapter – if you haven’t seen the report and would like to, please reach out reach out to me (Jennifer.Lange@oldnational.com) or our Indiana Membership Engagement Associate (MEA) – Nicole Hall (Nicole.Hall@shrm.org) and we can work through how you can obtain the data.

SHRM also, by request via our MEA (Nicole Hall, Nicole.Hall@shrm.org), can generate a Chapter Membership Roster for your chapter; this report will include a listing of all SHRM Certified SHRM members primarily coded to your chapter, recertification cycle dates for each person on the list, and the recertification application submitted date for each person on the list.

Chapters can request a listing of your at-large SHRM members as often as needed –there is no maximum number of at-large list requests you can submit for the year. Each time you request the list, it is for a single use. Request a new, updated list each time you intend to use the at-large information. Note, if the purpose of your request is to mail something to the at-large members, you will need to provide a copy of what you plan on sending to the at-large members to SHRM. To request your at-large list, complete the request form.

REMEMBER – SHRM Adapted their SHRM Recertification Requirements

Budget constraints, location or schedule shouldn’t keep you or others from earning the 60 PDCs needed to maintain the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification.  SHRM adapted their recertification process to provide additional flexibility to match a lot of our learning needs.

In the Fall of 2018, SHRM announced there will no longer be a maximum limit on self-paced activities, in the ‘Advance Your Education’ category.

Info about the “no max.” 

Recertification Counselors:

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

SHRM has launched new member-only career resources that 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. Learn more about this new benefit and how to accelerate your career.

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).

SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program

Looking for another way to earn PDCs – check out the SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program – it is FREE and open to all HR professionals who are interested in learning about best practices to attract, hire and retain veterans. Anyone holding the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential may also receive 10 PDCs toward their recertification.

Need a Chapter 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.

Specialty Credentials for HR Pros

In addition to the SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential and the Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential (designed to help talent acquisition professionals distinguish their expertise and build their credibility in their organizations) – there is a new People Analytics specialty credential. Learn more via the Specialty Credential FAQ.

Enhanced Chapter Support – SHRM Recertification

It’s bbbaaaaccccckkk for 2019 as well – help your local chapter (encourage your members to help too) and our HR Indiana State Council by recertifying your SHRM Certification in 2019 – 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, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

  • 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 2019
  • 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 2019

Payment will be made to affiliates in good standing in early 2020 based on the number of recertified members meeting the above criteria as of 12/31/19.

Learn more about SHRM Recertification.

SHRM Resources – SHRM Certification App

Looking for something to show before your chapter meeting/event starts? Check out SHRM’s YouTube videos. You can find content about the SHRM Certification App. The easy to use app will help SHRM-certified HR professionals keep track of their recertification efforts. The SHRM Certification app was developed exclusively for use by SHRM credential holders with specially designed features to make it easier to maintain and recertify one’s SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation. Download the app.