Professionals in all fields are always on the lookout for opportunities to advance in their careers and boost their prospects. A common route to do this is to seek advanced qualifications or credentials in their chosen field of work, to equip themselves with the skills necessary to grow to higher roles and responsibilities.
For an HR professional, this takes the form of pursuing an HR certification. Such a certification is a great way to learn the latest skills and know-how in the field of HR and talent management. This in turn helps the chances of landing better, more senior roles such as that of a global talent manager.
There are several reputed institutions that offer HR professional certifications for career advancement. They develop their own learning material, rigorous exams, and credibility that endows the certified professional with the requisite respect from current and prospective employers.
Here are the top certification choices:
Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
Considered a premier learning and credentialing organization for HR professionals, HRCI works toward HR excellence and expertise by advancing and developing those in the people business i.e. those working in HR. It offers world-class learning and a set of eight great certifications.
PHR is an entry-level HR certification well suited to establishing a candidate in the HR field. It proves the candidate has a strong command of operational and technical aspects of HR management, including laws and regulations particular to the US.
The right candidate for PHR would be a person logistically or tactically oriented, accountable to another professional in the HR team, experienced in implementing programs, and focusing on the HR department rather than the entire organization. (S)he requires 1–4 years of experience and associated academic qualifications, and even someone without a bachelor’s degree but with four years of experience can enroll.
Talent Management Practitioner (TMP™) from the Talent Management Institute (TMI)
A world leader in credentialing for talent management, TMI has worked to develop talent management into a critical domain for business and industry across the world. Its body of knowledge, frameworks, and standards define the state of the art in talent management, and its certifications are recognized by the industry as proofs of excellence and leadership in the talent management arena.
Talent Management Practitioner (TMP™) is among the early certifications for an aspiring global talent manager. Considered an excellent first step to launch a career in HR and talent management, it re-engineers the understanding of the field for a modern professional. It is a testament to the candidate possessing the knowledge and understanding of the most important principles, techniques, theories, and tools in talent management.
TMP™ is targeted at candidates who are graduating with HR majors or similar disciplines from top-notch business schools, HR institutions, and universities. It is the right qualification for someone working in HR for up to two years of studying for a career in HR.
SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SHRM works to develop a better workplace where both employees and employers can do well. It is a convener, expert, and thought leader on issues that impact modern work, workers, and workplaces. The SHRM membership base spans 165 countries across the world, with over 300,000 HR and business executive members who have had an impact on the lives of more than 115 million workers and their families.
SHRM-CP is the beginner-level HR professional certification from SHRM. The right candidate for SHRM-CP is someone who works on implementing policies and strategies as well as operational HR functions, is the point of contact for workers and other stakeholders in the organization, and delivers HR services.
To be eligible to apply for SHRM-CP, the candidate must have from 0–4 years of experience, along with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, or even be working toward a degree.