Hello fellow HR pros! I really need your opinions on HR certifications. I am deciding between PHR and SHRM-cp. I have read just about all there is online comparing the two and can not decide. My heart is telling me PHR, my mother in law (an HRBP) is telling me to go with SHRM, as it’s more widely recognized, more established and a larger network in general. I work for a 350~ company who is growing rapidly through M&A. Passions/interests are compliance, strategic vision, M&A, branding and culture

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SHRM is the HR standard. While PHR won't hold you back, the SHRM CP professional is held at a high regard.

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The opinion of which cert is “best” varies by region and industry. For a very simplistic guideline- SHRM-CP tends to focus more on soft skills, while PHR will focus more on hard laws and compliance.

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I went with PHR and don’t regret it but I’m open to getting SHRM-CP at some point too. I think either make you look good personally.

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In my conversation with hiring managers there doesn’t seem to be a preference though SHRM seems to be the one they speak of most. Seems just more of a marketing/brand recognition situation than one being better than the other.

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I think your mother is right.

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