Certification Support

2020 Certification Scholarships

Consistent with CCHRA’s mission to promote excellence in Human Resources and to offer high value, high visibility and high return on investment endeavors, CCHRA is offering two $750 certification scholarships for 2020 for CCHRA members. The certification scholarship may be used to assist with funding of any SHRM CP/SCP, or HRCI’s certification that has not been paid for by an employer. You may apply anytime throughout the year.

SHRM Certification

Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

  • FOCUS ON YOU - SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are your credentials, based on the current HR landscape. This Certification is 100% focused on the competencies and knowledge all HR professionals need to lead in today’s business community.

  • UNIVERSAL SKILLS & RECOGNITION - SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) are based on a single, comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) and are relevant worldwide, giving professionals the recognition and flexibility to use their knowledge, skills and competencies anywhere their career takes them.

  • COMPETENCY & KNOWLEDGE-BASED - SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP tests HR competencies as well as knowledge, and their application, to ensure the professional’s ability to demonstrate what they know, and what they can do with their knowledge in the variety of situations they encounter.

  • DEVELOPED WITH EMPLOYERS IN MIND - SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are based on in-depth research focused on —and backed by— global employers and business leaders. They reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession.

  • EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY AND INCLUSIVITY - SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recognize diversity in the HR profession. The eligibility requirements minimize barriers to participation and reflect current HR roles. The exam windows provide accessibility and flexibility for all eligible professionals worldwide. In addition, the new exam is affordable, making certification attainable by more professionals.

  • UNIVERSALLY APPLICABLE - SHRM believes that HR certification must be as inclusive and diverse as the profession itself. The SHRM certification is applicable across industries, geographic borders, job responsibilities and career levels. 

  • GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED - By creating a consistent certification path for HR professionals around the world, SHRM will deliver a new global standard. To ensure worldwide recognition of the new certification, SHRM anticipates seeking accreditation of the new certification program from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and/or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). 

For more information please visit http://www.shrm.org

HRCI Certification

The Human Resource Certification Institute awards three levels of certification:

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

The PHR, SPHR, or GPHR certifications, awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute, signifies that an individual possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.  To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience. All exams are generalist (i.e., they assess all the functional areas of the HR field) but differ in terms of focus and the cognitive level of questions. PHR questions tend to be at an operational/technical level, SPHR questions tend to be more at the strategic and/or policy level, and GPHR questions refer to global HR issues.

Certification sets those with the credential apart -- or above -- those without it. There are a number of advantages to seeking certification. Certification becomes a public recognition of professional achievement -- both within and outside of the profession. For many, achieving certification becomes a personal professional goal -- a way to test knowledge and to measure it against one's peers. Others see certification as an aid to career advancement. Certifications define what an individual needs to know in order to be an acknowledged "expert" in that field.

As a benefit of membership, the Central Coast Human Resource Association strives to keep our members informed regarding certification, recertification, and upcoming exam information through our member newsletter and announcements at chapter meetings. CCHRA also supports a Certification Exam Preparation Program offered through a local university that utilizes the SHRM Learning System.

For more information on certification and upcoming exams please visit http://www.hrci.org/.

Questions?  Please contact Jeniffer Murray, CCHRA Certification Director, at [email protected] or 831.333.2228

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