Human Resource Department till now was the only industry which had left the choice of certifications on the professionals. However, there were always reports from industry insiders that having HR certifications did make your career path easy. And with that, top HR officers also believe that 2018 will be the year for some of the best HR certifications that you need to watch out for.

Best HR Certifications And Your Career Graph

Certifications will help your career graph surge ahead like a hockey stick and hence certifications while not mandatory are important if you want to succeed in your career.

Currently there are three major certification bodies competing for HR certifications and they are namely;

  1. HRCI or HR Certification Institute
  2. TMI or Talent Management Institute
  3. SHRM or Society Of Human Resource Management

Taking them one by one in detail, we will see the certifications by each of them then you can choose which one is best for you.

1. HR Certification Institute or HRCI:

HRCI is one the best HR certifications in the industry and one of the oldest certification bodies as well. HRCI not only offers certifications but also shares important insights on its certifications in particular and in general. HRCI with its uniquely designed certification programs are some of the best HR certifications in the industry.

The certifications offered by HRCI includes –

  • Associate Professional in Human Resources
  • Associate Professional in Human Resources – International
  • Professional in Human Resources
  • Professional in Human Resources – California
  • Professional in Human Resources – International
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources – International
  • Global Professional in Human Resources

Each of these certifications have been uniquely designed for both entry level and senior level. In addition, if you want to practice HR in California then PHR-Ca is your best bet. And if you are planning an international career then you can either go for SPHRi or GPHR.

2. Talent Management Institute or TMI:

Talent Management Institute or TMI is another certification body that offers some of the best certification programs designed for HR professionals both at entry or senior level. In fact, TMI in association with Wharton University of Pennsylvania also offers Global Fellowship Program for senior HR professionals.

The certifications offered by Talent Management Institute are as follows –

  • Talent Management Practitioner or TMP
  • Senior Talent Management Practitioner or STMP
  • Global Talent Management Leader or GTML

TMI offers certifications that helps an HR professional to easily enter the HR industry. The certifications are believed to be one of the most valuable indication of your potential as well as a promise for excellence in the field of HR, as you are competent in Talent Management. TMI believes that Talent Management is a unique combination of science and art that needs to be mastered and the standards set by TMI along with paradigms have initiated a groundbreaking configuration of indispensable-knowledge that covers not just significant HR roles and positions but also take care of all the other business related functions.

3. Society Of Human Resource Management or SHRM:

SHRM or Society Of Human Resource Management is another certification body that offers some of the best HR certifications to the professionals. SHRM offers two major certifications – SHRM-CP or SHRM- Certified Professional, SHRM-SCP or SHRM-Senior Certified Professional. Depending on the fact whether you are at an entry level or at a senior level and want to take a step ahead in your career, you can choose from the either. There are of course certain exams and prerequisite criteria that you need to qualify before you can apply.


Lucia Adams

By Lucia Adams
who is a professional writer and blogger.

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