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SHRM Certifications Awarded Accreditation

    SHRM Certifications Awarded Accreditation, recap prepared by Nancy Kasmar (2016 WSHRC Certification Chair and 2017 Director-Elect)


    On November 15, 2016, SHRM announced that the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications were awarded accreditation by the Buros Center for Testing. You can read SHRM’s official announcement here:


    What this means for HR professionals is that SHRM’s credentials meet the highest standards in testing. The review by the Buros Center was a six-month process, based on a 1,900-page accreditation application submitted by SHRM outlining the certifications’ testing methodology and exam practices. In announcing the accreditation, Kurt F. Geisinger, Ph.D., director of the Buros Center, wrote, “We not only find that you meet our standards ... for accreditation, but we also find that you are thoroughly, competently, and appropriately meeting the mission of SHRM, and therefore, the needs of the public…”


    In 2012, after extensive research, SHRM announced the SHRM Competency Model, which provides HR professionals with a comprehensive roadmap for developing the capabilities they need to advance their careers and improve their effectiveness in the workplace.


    The SHRM Competency Model is fundamental to SHRM’s certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). In 2014, SHRM created these credentials to further two goals for HR professionals: to reaffirm the importance of acquiring the competencies and knowledge essential for successful job performance. In the words of Hank Jackson, SHRM’s President and CEO, during his 2016 State of the Society address, “the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge is our GPS for the road to the future. By defining our own set of competencies, we defined the future of HR.”


    About SHRM

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.


    About The Buros Center

    The Buros Center is an independent nonprofit that has reviewed or accredited other well-known tests, including major state educational achievement exams; admissions tests for medical school, law school and graduate school; and licensure exams for physical therapists, clinicians and technicians. The Buros Center specializes in auditing major educational and licensure testing programs for fairness in testing and overall psychometric quality of tests based on standards for testing developed by the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education, the leading authorities in high-stakes testing. It also works to improve testing, assessment and measurement practices, particularly in psychology and education.

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