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Human Resource Certifications

As a local SHRM affiliate, Winston-Salem SHRM is committed to supporting the growth and development of the human resource profession.  One way to accomplish this is to share certification information with members and to provide resources for maintaining certification through continuing professional education.  Professional certification provides an opportunity for HR professionals around the world to demonstrate relevance, competence, experience, credibility and dedication to employers, staff members, client and professional peers.  


The Society of Human Resource Management

In 2014 the Society of Human Resource Management introduced the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.  These certifications are based on key HR competencies which demonstrate to the global business community that the credential holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice - competency and knowledge - that are required for effective job performance.

For more information about these highly regarded certifications, please visit the SHRM Certification portal.

Forsyth Technical Community College offers a 14 week intensive program to help HR professionals prepare for both SHRM exams.

HR Certification Institute

HR Certification Institute (HRCI) is an independent non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing the human resource profession by developing and administering six accredited certifications including:

  • Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR™)
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR®)
  • Professional in Human Resources - California (PHRca®)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®)
  • Professional in Human Resources - International (PHRi™)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources - International Professional (SPHRi™)

For over 40 years, HRCI has set the standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe.  Once HRCI certification is earned, HR professionals must recertify every three years.  Recently, HRCI has made improvements in this process. 


HRCI certification is a career long commitment that demonstrates dedication, credibility and mastery of the principles of human resources.  All of HRCI's core products are accredited and meet the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) rigorous standards.  In addition, it connects you with a network of nearly 140,000 HR professionals around the world.

Learn more about HRCI's policies and procedures in the Certification Handbook.

For more information about HRCI and which certification is right for you, visit

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