HR Certifications

Pilot of New HR Certification Available

The Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) recently announced a pilot program for a new certification called the Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR).  This new offering is designed as an entry-level certification for individuals who are new to the field of human resources, including recent HR graduates or experienced professionals who want to transition into the field of human resources.

The only current eligibility requirements are a high school diploma or equivalent and an interest in pursuing a career in human resources management.  The pilot program is available starting February 16th for $200, and HRCI says it is only for a “limited time.”  Interested individuals must complete a registration form:  aPHR Pilot Program Request.  Then starting in April, the exam fee will increase to $325, plus a $75 application fee. 

The first pilot exam will be conducted in May of 2016. Read more...

TEA-HRCI Alliance – $50 Exam Discount

As of May 14, 2015, all individuals employed by a member company of The Employers Association (TEA) are eligible to receive a $50 discount on their PHR/SPHR exam registration fees.

Click here for instructions on how to receive this discount (will need to log into Members Only section)

New Partnership with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), the organization that provides the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications.  Members will receive up to 12 free recertification credit hours just for being employed by a member company of The Employers Association, exam discounts, an HRCI concierge contact, and more!

Many people in the HR community were surprised about a year ago when the Society for Human Resources management (SHRM) and HRCI announced that they were parting ways.  We have answered many questions and provided guidance to our members.

At the same time, our industry group, the Employer Associations of America (EAA) has been exploring relationships with well-respected national HR groups to offer meaningful benefits to current and future certified members.   The result is that we, along with several of our sister employer associations around the country, have formed a mutually beneficial alliance with HRCI.

This new partnership comes at a time when many HR professionals are deciding if they should keep their current certification, maintain multiple certifications, or pursue a new certification.   With this new menu of HRCI-related benefits now available through your local employers association, the decision may be easier. 

TEA-HRCI Alliance - HRCI Concierge Contact:

Nella Deaza
Account Manager
(571) 551-6725

HR Certifications – Alphabet Soup?

We have received many questions about the new certifications that were announced in May of 2014. Many HR professionals were taken by surprise when the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) announced that it was creating two new certifications for HR professionals called the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  Up to that point, the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications had been offered by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). 

Below are several resources for HR professionals to read more and consider which certification is right for them.  There are several factors to consider, and only time will tell if one certification becomes more popular than the other.

Questions?  Contact us at 704-522-8011.


TEA-HRCI Alliance – $50 Exam Discount Instructions

HR Certifications- March 2015

PHR/SPHR/SHRM Certification Update- HR Matters, January 2015 (page 12)

SHRM Certification Update  - HRNewsFlash, July 15, 2014

SHRM & HRCI Certifications Eligibility Requirements

New SHRM Certification for HR Professionals- 5/22/14

Web Sites:

HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

SHRM Certification