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Indiana SHRM News
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Certification Update June 2020

Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP Director of Certification

5th Annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships for HR Professionals

Please check out two new scholarship opportunities

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2020 and all applicants notified prior to HR Indiana Conference (August 24 – 26, 2020).

Apply for either scholarship here.

SHRM Process Change: Introducing Digital SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certificates

Effective June 1, 2020, all candidates who pass the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam will receive a digital certificate approximately four (4) weeks after passing their exam. These digital certificates will replace printed certificates that were previously mailed. Candidates will receive an email directing them to the “My Resources” tab in their certification portal to access the electronic PDF file.

While SHRM will no longer be printing certificates, they encourage passers to print and display their digital certificate. Additionally, passers may order a framed certificate or additional collateral through our third-party partner, The Award Group, (fees apply). An email with order instructions will be sent approximately two (2) weeks after score reports are received.

Employing Abilities at Work — Earn a new certificate!

The SHRM Foundation, in partnership with the Workplace Initiative by Understood, has launched this initiative to strengthen the skills and abilities of professionals to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities in their workplace. 

This free, multi-faceted educational program will increase your knowledge and skills to hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities. This certificate is an introduction to the benefits and implementation of disability inclusion in the workplace.

If you are SHRM Certified (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP), you may claim 10 PDCs after earning your Employing Abilities at Work certificate.

Learn more or register online

The Employing Abilities @Work Certificate is free and open to all. You do not need to be a SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to earn this certificate. You will need to create a free account when you register to begin the program.

More SHRM Certification Scholarships available through the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation will award SHRM Certification scholarships on August 2. Scholarship applications will be accepted January 15 – May 1. Scholarships received August 2 must be used between August 2, 2020 and August 2, 2021. Learn more.

If you are selected to receive a SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarship you will receive a SHRM Learning System and exam for the SHRM Certification for which you are eligible (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SC), to be claimed 12 months from the date they are issued. If you do not claim your scholarship by the deadline, you will have to reapply for a new scholarship, with no guarantee of receiving a new scholarship. Please note, the SHRM Foundation cannot reimburse certification exam fees.

Chapters are also eligible to apply for a separate SHRM Certification scholarship. The SHRM Foundation selects up to 15 state councils or chapters each window for an award to promote SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP and/or SHRM-SCP). Most of the past awardees have used the funds to launch or continue SHRM Certification preparation courses for their members. Other ideas for promoting SHRM Certification may be considered for an award, with the exception of using the funds to create a state or chapter certification scholarship. Learn more.

SHRM Certification – Winter Testing Window Applications are Being Accepted

The Winter SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam application window opened on June 1, 2020 and exam applicants will be eligible for an early bird rate ($75 discount) through October 16, 2020 or the regular application deadline is November 16, 2020 for the Winter (December 1, 2020 – February 15, 2021) testing window.  

Remote exam proctoring now available!

View the entire SHRM Certification application process.

Check out the SHRM Certification exam eligibility requirements.

2020 SHRM Certification Handbook

The SHRM Certification Handbook provides an overview of both the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP certification exams, including the steps you should take to earn and maintain your credentials, as well as test policies and procedures.

Download the 2020 SHRM Certification Handbook.

SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK)

You can find the 2020 SHRM BoCK and a booklet with more detailed and expansive information related to both the behavioral and technical competencies. This is a great resource to ensure that your 2020 chapter programming aligns with one or more areas of the SHRM BoCK. You can also use it to hone in on your personal development goals. The topics and learning objectives may also inspire your chapter to create a program focused around one of these. Or as an individual, you can build your own capabilities by learning more!

UPDATED – REQUIREMENT CHANGE for PDC-Qualifying Work Projects

The COVID-19 crisis, during which HR professionals are tackling unprecedented challenges on short notice, has prompted SHRM to change the time frame requirement for work projects that qualify for professional development credits (PDCs) toward SHRM recertification. The revised requirement now focuses only on the number of hours dedicated to a PDC-qualifying work project in the “Advance Your Organization” category and eliminates the stipulation of a minimum duration for the project.