In a world where a bachelor’s degree is the status quo, professional certification has become the qualifier. In no career is this more true than the field of Human Resources, where a bachelor’s degree is considered entry-level.
But don’t let this discourage you. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an HR job outlook of 21% with an average annual pay of $52K per year. Companies are constantly changing, growing and hiring, meaning HR execs will forever be in demand. To adapt to these constant changes, the field has developed a series of certifications to better prepare professionals for what they will deal with in the field.
Here are 3 certifications that will make you a more qualified professional:
- GPHR – The Global Professional in Human Resources certificate takes in to account the increasingly global perspective many companies must have when it comes to employees. Businesses must now cater to an international market, meaning employees may often hail from several different countries, each with their own regulations and cultural variances. Passing the GPHR means you will have obtained a comprehensive understanding of global compensation and benefits, global talent acquisition and mobility and cross-border organizational effectiveness. Post GPHR, certified professionals are open to a broader range of possibilities in exciting positions like International Assignment Management, Overseas HR Management and Global HR Strategic Development.
- PHR – The Professional in Human Resources certification is the first step in becoming a more qualified HR candidate. The exam focuses on HR development, business management and strategy, and employee/labor relations among other things. According to a recent study by HRCI in 2010, a passing candidate can see a personal ROI of as much as 253% and an organizational ROI of 216%. A certification in PHR shows your employer that you are motivated, knowledgeable in your field and ready for the next step in the HR career track.
- SPHR – Building off the PHR, a Senior Professional in Human Resources is for those with at least 5 years in the field and an Master’s degree (7 years of experience can replace the Master’s degree). Certification takes advantage of strategic HR skill sets and organizational knowledge. A passing candidate can qualify for executive positions in everything from staffing firms to private corporations. This test is the most intense of the three and prep courses are highly recommended.
No matter which certification you decide is right for you, it is important to prepare. The HCC Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education offers a variety of courses from exam prep to comprehensive training on core HR elements. For more information visit www.tampatraining.com.