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SHRM Certification Update, by Nancy Kasmar, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Much has happened since our last certification message in May. This update is to inform you about recent developments related to the new SHRM certifications, and provide information about what’s planned for next year.

In addition, SHRM has created a website to provide information for all HR professionals about the new certifications. You can find out what you need to know, and a great deal more, at

Click here to review the rest of the article.

Still have questions, follow the link below for a 9 minute video from Hank Jackson, SHRM's CEO & President on the  "why" for the new SHRM Certification.  (

Congratulations to the Apple Valley Human Resource Association winners of a 2014 SHRM Pinnacle Award in addition to the Randy Lundberg Northern Lights Award they won at the 2014 NHRMA Conference in Spokane

The Apple Valley HR Association (AVHRA), which nearly lost its chapter in 2006 because of board disengagement is thriving!  They organized a retreat to plan how to improve the chapter, revitalize its board and members, and spotlight the chapter in the community. The chapter has since hosted a member appreciation event, provided free programs to board members and created a $10,000 scholarship fund.

Pictured below at the 2014 SHRM Volunteer Leader Conference are from left to right their names and 2014 roles are: Hana Tate (Co-Programs), Erin McCool (Diversity Director), Reagan Bellamy (School to Work Director and College Relations/Workforce Readiness), Ruth Erwert (Co-Programs), Annie Horey (Certification Director), Jenny Fasching (President), Errin Bratton (Communications / Newsletter Director), Christy Tomlinson (Treasurer), Gil Sparks (Legislative Director), Melissa Wear-Grimm (Membership Director), Peggy Thomas (SHRM Foundation Director).


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About Us 

We are an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.

We welcome your use of this site as a resource, and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information. We also encourage your involvement and suggestions about all of our activities, on the web and off.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or event!

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  • March 26, 2015, 8:00am – 4:00pm
    Sheraton Bellevue Hotel, 100 112th Avenue NE Bellevue, WA 98004

    Hotel rooms will be reimbursed for all executive board members and 1 Chapter President (or 1 representative) the night before the meeting (March 25th).

    Tentative Agenda

    8:00am - 8:30am Welcome & Introductions  

    8:30am - 8:45am SHRM Update  ...

  • March 27, 2015, 7:15am – 5:00pm
    Meydenbauer Center 11100 NE 6th St. Bellevue, WA 98004
  • April 12, 2015 - 7:30am - April 16, 2015 - 4:30pm
    NHRMA has secured special discounted room rates at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport. In addition to the group rate, the Embassy Suites boasts spacious two-room suites furnished with an array of thoughtful amenities, including one king-sized or two double beds, a full-size sofa bed and a large, well-lit dining/work table. NOTE: The hotel is 100% Smoke Free. Reserve your room now by book online. Visit the HR Academy's exclusive reservation site by clicking here. You do not need a group code. The discounted group rate will enter automatically as long as it is available. If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, call 503.460.3000 and indicate you are with the NHRMA 2015 HR Academy to receive the discounted rate. Group Rate: $149 single/double occupancy per room per night. The quoted room rate does not include any applicable local taxes, currently 14.5% per room per night. Rooms at the group rate will be available until Monday, March 23, 2015 or until the group block in full, whichever occurs first.

    Registration is open for the Oregon 2015 Human Resource Academy, being held at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, April 12 - Thursday, April 16, 2015. The academy is pre-approved for 19.5 SHRM PDC's and 19.5 HRCI Recertification Credits.

    The NHRMA seminar, “...

  • May 15, 2015, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    Conference Call Line and Online Link will be distributed prior to the meeting

    Review where we are on our initiatives and reevaluate resources

  • July 17, 2015, 8:30am – 4:00pm
    Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser, WA 99350

    Tentative Agenda

    8:00am - 8:30am Welcome & Introductions  

    8:30am - 8:45am SHRM Update    

    8:45am - 12:00pm Old Business  

    12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH    

    1:00pm - 4:00pm New Business

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  • Submitted by Deidra Nguyen, Legistlative Chair for the South King County HR Assocation. The Washington State Human Resource Council’s eleventh annual HR Day on the Hill (#wahrdoth) event was a roaring success and brought together HR and business professionals from across the state eager to learn about...
    February 23, 2015

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