Want to Sharpen Your Career Skills At Your Convenience?
With the economy being what it is globally, when employees exit a company many times the position is not filled.
Since the global economy has been on the down for more than 3 years, the current workforce is seeing demands placed on it like never before.
Stress levels are high, with more than 80% of office workers are actually working 6 days a week instead of five, and the days are usually 10, 12, 14 hours, even more for some.
Yet, we all know — and are being told– that to get ahead we need to be involved in improving our own standing, meaning we need to get certified.
With any Career, Skills and Education Get You Ahead
But who wants to be traveling to a college, spending time in the classroom and then driving home, only to have to continue their studies with one hand and using the other hand to cook and feed themselves?
There is the option of the weekend, but most have family that is already experiencing the stress of your absence in the first place.
Taking an added stress would have your family telling you, as the saying goes, your goose is cooked.
Complex Situations Usually Have Simple Solutions
Here are the organizations, and what they offer… We offer our recommendations at the end of this article.
Meet, network, share and learn from over 200,000 of your peers.
As the largest social network and online community of HR executives, HR.com provides thousands of worldwide HR Professionals and Suppliers with easy access to shared knowledge on best practices, trends and industry news in order to help them develop their most important asset – their people.
As a member of HR.com you’ll have access to thousands of articles, case studies, newsletters, polls, surveys, discussion forums, blogs on human resources, FREE HR forms, documents, access to local and national discount programs and much more. We help you stay current and connected.
FREE HRCI credits
You will also have access to our live webcasts, with MP3 and power point slides.
Hr.com’s Institute for Human Resources (IHR) offers online certification in your specialty area of HR.
Each of their 1-hour live webcast and archives is submitted to qualify for IHR credits as well as the HR Certification Institute recertification credits.
You can get your IHR Certification and PHR, SPHR, GPHR and credits without ever leaving your desk!
Their members can also browse through their extensive Buyer’s Guide, an invaluable resource that connects you with the industry suppliers by providing up to date information on products, company information and more.
At HR.com they also make it easy for you to plan out your human resources career. You can browse their extensive list of HR Jobs or ask around the network.
And if you want to take your HR department to an even higher level, consider their premium GOLD and SILVER memberships. These memberships will give you access to essential industry tools, more extensive savings on various human resources products, giving you access to top-notch expert information, and much more.
HR Certification Institute (SHRM)
The HR Certification Institute (HRCI), established in 1976, is an internationally recognized certifying organization for the human resource profession.
Today, more than 120,000 HR professionals worldwide proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark of high professional distinction.
The HR Certification Institute is a global leader in developing rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery and real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices, policies and principles.
HRIM offers 3 delivery methods to accommodate individuals (as well as groups) to take the exam, including conveniently located testing centers around the world, live proctoring that allows candidates to take the exam wherever and whenever is most convenient, and via the existing delivery method of taking the exam at a host location.
The Human Resource Information Professional Certification (HRIP) exam is designed to assess the knowledge and competencies of professionals in the HR technology field.
Passing the exam indicates a demonstrated comprehensive understanding and proficiency of the defined body of knowledge in HR information management.
Passing the exam is only one part of the certification process – the recertification requirements ensure that the HR technology professional is keeping abreast of changes in the field.
The Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP) credential will be active for a period of 3 full years starting from the date certification has been granted.
In order to maintain certification, a total of 60 recertification credit hours are required during the 3 year period starting from the date the certification is granted. The credential holder will be responsible for maintaining a log of credit hours and documentation.
The Certification Handbook contains information on the HRIP exam and how you can apply for this important professional credential.
Why is Certification Desirable?
Certification is intended to recognize individuals who have relevant HR technology knowledge. An HRIP (Human Resource Information Professional) credential is a way to demonstrate your competency, show your commitment to the profession, and help with job advancement. Benefits to you include:
- It differentiates you from others through demonstrated competency
- It shows you have knowledge of HR information management beyond that of your everyday tasks
- It gives you a competitive edge when seeking promotions or a new position
Since 1980, IHRIM has been the only membership association for HR information management professionals and has advanced our profession by:
Providing unparalleled education and professional development opportunities through our conference, educational courses and webinars. These offerings foster intelligent HR system investments and effective solutions to business challenges.
Creating a certification program known as Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP) to allow experienced professionals working with HR information systems to be recognized for their knowledge and experience.
Facilitating an HR information management community for the sharing of best practices, professional collaboration and networking in person and virtually through CORE online.
Providing unbiased information on cutting-edge HRIM solutions.
And the Winner Is…
From the perspective of quality, all are winners. You will be well equipped to for your career through any one of these certification programs.
From the perspective of convenience, HR.com wins without a problem. Though IHRIM and HRIC do offer worthy certifications, getting there is much more challenging in the current economic and business environment. With IHRIM and HRIC, you ave to depend on self-study as well as making your time available to be elsewhere from both work and family. With HR.com, you can do this after everyone has gone to sleep for the night, before they all get up in the morning, or just by securing a quiet place at your office (with a computer and internet connection).
Also, with the rate of growth of the internet, cloud computing, and mobile computing, IHRIM’s and HRIC’s approach, though noble, lack the wisdom of latching on the needs of servicing their members accordingly. This will place a spotlight on HR.com’s approach that allows you to gain your certification much more conveniently. It is worth noting that the certification gained by HR.com is the same certification gained from HRIC.
Why walk down the river to cross another bridge when there is already one here, ready and prepared for you?
Disclaimer: The HRIS World does serve on the advisory board for the ERP/HRIS Community for HR.com. All fairness and objectivity of this article is given to the experience of others in gaining their certification through anyone of the above organizations. All 3 organizations represent a highly professional and worthy program, each delivers their service as they see fit. Please use your own discretion in choosing which program best fits your needs while gaining your certification.
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