Certification: Why It Matters

Have you thought about pursuing HR certification? If the thought has ever crossed your mind, or you have wondered “why bother,” this article is for you.

Career booster

Earning your certification is a solid way to advance your career and your earning potential. Additional voluntary certificates increase your areas of specialization and enhance your appeal to employers. In addition, survey findings and research have shown holding an HR certification can increase your earnings at all levels, from assistant through director. The salary difference between certified and uncertified professionals at the manager level, for instance, could be as much as $20,000 per year.

In addition, certified HR professionals tend to be promoted faster and hold positions with greater responsibility and authority than their non-certified peers. Nearly half of HR professionals at the leadership level have earned certification. Clearly, certification is a powerful way to accelerate your career advancement and increase your earning potential.

Two certifications

Two entities offer certification for HR professionals: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). They do differ in approach. The HRCI certifications—the PHR or SPHR—are intended to build human resources knowledge. The SHRM certifications, known as SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, give HR professionals the competency to apply the knowledge. Through our Certification Study Groups, DallasHR supports both the SHRM and HRCI certifications for our members.

Certification Study Groups

To prepare members to undergo their certification exams, DallasHR hosts nine-week HR Certification Study Groups in the spring and fall. Each week the study group participants meet for two hours with an accredited instructor. The sessions provide a high-level overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the certification exams and earn the credential. Session topics include:

• Certification Process Overview
• Strategy
• HR Development
• Workforce Planning & Employment
• Total Rewards|Compensation
• Total Rewards Benefits
• Employee & Labor Relations
• Risk Management

The sessions also include test-taking tips, strategies, and practice examples. Through the weekly face to face sessions and via a private online community within HRConnect, our test preparation courses provide a connection to peers also preparing to take the certification exams.

Spring 2020 Test Prep Course  

Planning to take your certification exams this spring? Our Spring 2020 HR Certification Test Prep Course begins on Tuesday, March 10. Sessions will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the DallasHR office. Register now or learn more about joining us. This program is available for Chapter Grant Fund Applications via our application page.


Certifications are valid for three years. DallasHR is an approved provider of recertification for professionals approaching the end of the three-year period for both HRCI and SHRM certifications.