I’m considering making a career switch to HR (in Canada). Do I need to get any professional certifications or go back to school?

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If you want to do full spectrum HR in Canada, find the Provincial HR association, they will provide guidance on certification (it is a registered profession).

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What role are you pivoting from? Do you have any transferable skills that would make the leap go more smoothly? If so, you may be able to get away without any additional certs. That said, it definitely wouldn't hurt for you to invest in some continuing ed.

If you are switching from an irrelevant field, then it won't be easy for you to do without doing a certification. Whereas, if your current job role attributes match with the one needed in HR, then it won't be an issue for you.

In case, you fall under the category who needs the relevant certificate, you don't have to worry at all, as it is not as much difficult now as it was 10 years ago.

You don't need to spend 2 years in getting MBA Degree instead can enroll in the Online MBA alternative program with a job guarantee. It will make you equal to an MBA candidate within 6 months. They are quick to do, easy to cover, and strong enough to land you a job.

Here's an example of such a program; https://hsol.education/accelerated-management-program/

You check out, how this kinda platform works and what are their benefits.

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