The Importance of PHR Certification

31 Oct

A Professional in Human Resources certification is something everything HR practitioner should strive to obtain and maintain.

Compared to a regular certificate, the certification is much more demanding and therefore commands more respect not only within the HR department but across the whole organization. A certificate allows the bearer to complete a course of study without needing to pursue further education. Maintaining the certification, however, demands rigorous training and a continued interest in HR guidelines and procedures.

Issued by the Human Resources Certification Institute, the PHR certification indicates that a person has mastered the different elements essential to human resources’ work. This includes business management, workforce planning, employee and labor relations, compensation and risk management. It also requires about two to four years of experience in the field and knowledge of the various aspects of HR and how to effectively implement different strategies.

Once this level of mastery has been achieved and a certificate obtained, however, an HR professional must recertify every three years or will lose the associated title. More than that, it should be important to PHR recipients to stay certified so that they can consistently update their skills. A three-hour long, 175-question multiple choice exam is administered to those seeking a new certification and those looking to recertify as well. As HR guidelines change every year, so do the tests.

Every three years, PHR certificate recipients will need to refresh their knowledge of HR laws and practices. They must show that they still understand all the ins and outs or their business’ infrastructure. These individuals should also exhibit an active interest and continued effort within the company as innovators and program leaders, showing that they remain devoted and competitive in their desire to enhance the businesses they work for.

Not only does working with the HR department help those who are PHR certified, but attending seminars, workshops, and taking continuing education classes online will give them a broader view on industry-wide initiatives, as well as the opportunity to brainstorm new ideas.

As leaders, PHR certification means that these HR professionals have already shown several years’ worth of training and hands-on experience. As laws and HR guidelines change with time, they should continue to exhibit the flexibility and initiative that helped them originally gain a certificate. This will make them more valuable assets to their employers, who’ve noted that PHR-certified employees tend to be self-motivated compared to those without those credentials. Not only can an HR professional note it on his or her own resume, but an employer can use this to show their own dedication to employee investment and feel confident in the HR activities occurring on a day-to-day basis.

Getting recertification as a PHR shows individual employee dedication to learning as well as ambition to continually improve at their profession and in the HR department. It displays a working knowledge of all current guidelines imperative to good HR practices and compliance and ensures a continued interest in these pursuits as long as a PHR certification is maintained.

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