I am in the process of finishing up my MBA but considering also getting my SPHR or PHR cert. Is it even worth it or a waste of time and money?

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I have an SPHR and I believe it is worth it. I got a doctorate afterwards but I feel like the SPHR and my Master's together put me ahead of other candidates.

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I recommend you do it. I currently have my masters and I regret not getting my certs.

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You would be amazed at how many organizations place more emphasis on SHRM over MBA.

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SHRM's pass rate is much harder than an MBA

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Yes , I Graduated with My MBA - with a concentration in HRM . My next steps are my scrum master certification and then my PMP (project management ) i was told a PMP cert will increase your salary and your exclusivity in the market. while solidifying you as a CME.

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SHRMCP heard that helps.

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I went the reverse route as I got my SHRM-SCP and then decided to get my EMBA. Are you doing a HR concentration in your Masters program?

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I think the certification makes you more marketable as a professional in the field. I have my masters and SPHR and would certainly recommend. I learned a few things when prepping for the exam so it was essentially a win win - more knowledge and increased salary. If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, it may be covered. I also appreciate the recertification process, as it forces me to continuously seek out ways to enhance my skills and knowledge, which I admittedly was not as intentional about pre certification.

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If you know your going to make HR your profession I would say yes. SHRM’s certification programs seem to be eclipsing HRCI’s as our profession’s standard (IMO).
When I would hire for my team seeing someone with an MBA AND a HR Cert told me they had both book smarts and practitioner intelligence. Either way HRCI/SHRM certification programs have education/experience requirements for your application to request to sit for either exam.
Go for it if you know this is what you want.

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Based on experience having both an MBA and a SHRM CERT, I highly recommend. It will give upward mobility and the critical HR knowledge you’re seeking - plus it has a competency base structure which is good. Go for the SCP level based on your background!

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I have my MBA working on my doctorate now and hit 6 figures without it. I would say it’s worth it but everyone is different i don’t plan on getting it.

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You should get it. Ageism is very real. You will regret not getting it after age 40. Trust me I know.

Are u looking for an increase in salary or HR knowledge?

If you are looking for more HR Knowledge then the SHRM-SCP is worth the investment.

Get the SHRM version. It’s easier to maintain and you’ll have it for companies that want it. I have an MBA and both the HRCI and SHRM certifications and no one in my experience cares except HR people, but I know many directors and VPs who aren’t certified at all.

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