In a few weeks, I’m attending the SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit in Washington, DC. I get to attend as one of the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) members. I love volunteering in this capacity, and I just found out that I will be the MAC for the North Central Region again for 2015 !! Very geeked about that !!
While I’m there, I’ll get a chance to take the tutorial and get the new SHRM-SCP certification. I’m eager to see how this goes and add it as a certification along with my SPHR which I earned from HRCI.
As the new SHRM Certification comes to life, I’m seeing another wave of people making arguments for one certification versus another. The discussions aren’t productive, in my opinion, because people are asking people to choose a side and discredit the other.
Here’s the side I choose. I choose to be on the side of Human Resources.
My certifications are important to me. I know how difficult it was to earn my SPHR and I value it – and will continue to. People continue to focus on the exam, but certification is far more than that !! The exam was important and a gateway to more opportunities. The next step is on each of us personally.
As HR professionals, our focus needs to be on continuous professional development and moving HR forward. To do this, each of us need to own our certification from each body we receive them from. These certifications don’t belong to SHRM or HRCI. They belong to us !!
Secondly, we need to educate ourselves and choose why we belong and give our time towards any organization. If you are a member of SHRM, ask yourself why you do this and if it adds value. If you want to get certifications from SHRM, HRCI, or other bodies, ask yourself why you’re doing that and if it also adds value.
Stand up and own who you are as an HR professional !! Don’t get caught up in the arguments. Set a new norm of being excited about what HR does and what it will do in the future !!
You see, I’m very intentional. I became certified because I chose to. I joined a local SHRM chapter and took on a leadership role because I chose to. The other roles I’ve been fortunate to hold are because I wanted to keep moving ahead in leadership to bring the HR community together at the local, regional, State and National level.
I continue to move beyond the exam and I want you to as well. The present and future of HR excites me to no end !! Rise above the discontentment and move forward. It’s what we need to do now and make it our practice going forward !!