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Welcome to the Washington State Human Resources Council

Register for the Employment Law and HR Conference Today! 

Click here to register for the conference March 26 (evening networking) and 27 (conference), 2015 in Bellevue, Washington.  Register before January 30 to save $80 and have the chance to win a complimentary registration to the 2015 SHRM Conference in Las Vegas.

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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SHRM Membership  

Click here to Join or Renew your SHRM membership!  First time SHRM members can use this form (click here) for a discounted membership.


HRCI Certification Program

Interested in becoming HRCI certified?  Click here to access the SHRM Educational Products Store to purchase the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR.  If you are working towards certification, you must also complete a secure application form through the HR Certification Institute by clicking here.



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!

Upcoming Events

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  • February 5, 2015, 12:45pm – 4:30pm
    JBLM American Lake Conference Center (

    Seattle SHRM has partnered with Centurion Military Alliance (CMA), an all veteran non-profit, to provide Resume Writing Assistance, Mock Interviews and Career Guidance to former military members as part of the Warrior Transitioning Readiness Program. In addition, there is an opportunity to network and hire great...

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

    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



  • March 27, 2015, 7:15am – 5:00pm
    Meydenbauer Center 11100 NE 6th St. Bellevue, WA 98004
  • 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
    TBD (Considering either Ellensburg or Prosser)

    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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