The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) offers two behavioral competency-based certifications;
1) the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) for early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) for senior-level practitioners. SHRM regards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new global standard in certification for the HR profession. HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) has been providing HR credentials for HR professionals for over 40 years. HRCI offers eight proven HR credentials for HR experts or those just starting out in HR. More than 500,000 HR professionals have earned certifications from HRCI, including certification holders in more than 100 countries.
An independent 2015 report from the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) provides proof that certified professionals have many advantages over non-certified peers. Understanding which certification to take and whether to take it through SHRM or HRCI can be confusing.
In his post, Ben Eubanks, human resources professional, speaker, and blogger provides hard to find details on the pros and cons of the SHRM-CP and PHR. Ben’s article provides one of the best analysis I’ve seen on the differences in certifications.