For those of you who spent the time and money to get the PHR or SHRM certifications, do you feel that it actually strengthened your professional capabilities as on HR professional, or did you just do it to fit into the “HR Professional” crowd?

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I learned so much from studying for it, honestly. There’s items from the exam I still reference regularly and it really honed in on the key principles I needed to know to do my job well. I earned my PHR when I was a Coordinator and I am a Manager now, I don’t regret it for a second!

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I do not think it helped my actual skills and capabilities, but am still glad I have the certifications. I feel like it makes me much more marketable as a candidate.

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I jumped into the talent/HR space and, in an attempt to burnish my proficiency and demonstrate to peers and superiors that I knew what I was doing without ten years of explicit HR experience (I’d worked in related but not explicitly HR roles before), I signed up for then SHRM-SCP exam. Without studying at all, I passed, but found that within my organization nobody cared. It seems that respect for the credential is very hit-or-miss, depending on your leadership and organization. Some of my peers were grandfathered in to the advanced certification when SHRM introduced new categories a few years ago, and they told me they didn’t feel it was so valuable. This is my experience and perspective, only.

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I did it because my company transferred me from Europe, and I wanted to show the local team that they can trust my HR expertise. I also took PHR CA to calm down our team in California.

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I am total rewards and I find my certifications helped me get the theory behind the practice and show I am committed to HR/TR as my career

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I have benefitted greatly from the studies and the continued educational and HR involvement to keep the certifications current. For example, I have testified in federal and state congressional hearings and met with Congressional offices on proposed bills impacting HR. It is very enriching and most employers view the certifications as giving you market currency. I hope this helps.

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I think it’s great to have. Especially for high paying positions a lot of companies are either requiring or preferring a certified professional. However, I feel it does depends on the company and whether or not they find it valuable. I got my PHR a few months ago but still was passed up for a HR Consultant role at my current company. For me it was more a personal goal/accomplishment then it was professional. I do believe being certified makes you marketable and shows your knowledge and skills.

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I personally only completed my certification to show my focus and dedication to HR. I do feel that I was able to take away some key practices that I can apply to my HR career. Additionally, the certification will assist with my future career endeavors since it is listed as a requirement for most job postings. I have a PHR but would recommend the SHRM since most companies are looking for that one specifically.

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The texts are super helpful, and the studying forces you to think through a lot of scenarios you wouldn't have otherwise. The actual title is only as meaningful as you want it to be - depends on how your company and industry value it. I would say this title is more for personal growth than external validation.

Depends how much you know. For me it helped broaden my knowledge in areas I wasn’t as familiar with

Agreed 100%. It helped me to be more well rounded in HR

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I think certifications as a concept are meant to demonstrate skills you should already possess. That said, keeping up w the certification thru PD credits does help keep you sharp. Also, it does help to build credibility amongst your peers and leadership.

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