PHR vs SHRM vs AIRS? Which one should I pursue?

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I have both a PHR and SHRM-CP and I would say the PHR is a little more respected because it gets a little more nitty gritty with the various aspects of HR. However, SHRM has definitely made themselves the most well known but it’s definitely more of a general overview. I was more stressed about the former, but I also feel a lot more confident about my skills in HR after studying and passing that one, while the latter was basically a repeat of an HR Generalist certification I had gotten the year prior (just waaaaay more expensive and a little more clout behind it).

I’ve never heard of AIRS so now I’m off to do some googling on that!

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PHR (from HRCI) has been around longer and is more respected. SHRM spun off their own certification not too long ago from them after a nasty breakup, so while their marketing efforts are decent and seem to be well known, their exams aren’t as robust. I didn’t even bother to pay the money for any of the SHRM exams, only HRCI. AIRS is different than either of them and if you’re recruiting that may be more reputable and relevant. Otherwise, broader HR certs are better.

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Glad I could help. Wishing you the best!

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Do you have any experience in any of them?

10 years full cycle recruiting

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