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Human Resource Management Certificate Program FAQs

Human Resource Management Certificate Program FAQs

When is this course offered?

PDC offers the Human Resource Management Certificate Program two times per year: in the fall and spring semester.

Who is eligible for the new SHRM Certification?

All HR professionals seeking certification for the first time (that is, who do not currently hold an HR generalist certification in good standing) can apply for the exam beginning January 5, 2015. The first exam window of the new SHRM Certification is scheduled for May 1 - July 15, 2015.

If I'm already certified, am I eligible for the new SHRM credential?

Yes. HR professionals with existing HR generalist certifications in good standing will be eligible for the new SHRM Certification -- at no cost -- beginning January 5, 2015 by taking an online tutorial.

If I already have a general HR certification, will I automatically receive the new SHRM certification?

No. HR professionals with existing HR generalist certifications will not automatically receive the new SHRM Certification credentials. Beginning January 5, 2015, HR professionals with existing HR generalist certifications (you must have obtained your certification on or before January 31, 2015) that are in good standing will be eligible for the new SHRM Certification -- at no cost -- by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

The online tutorial will focus on HR competencies. Once you complete this process, you will earn the new SHRM credential and begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle.

Does this mean SHRM will no longer support my existing certification?

SHRM understands the time and energy you’ve invested in to obtaining your existing credentials and our goal is to make earning the new SHRM credential as simple as is reasonably possible to ensure your continued success. We are committed to ensuring that the certification of our certificants is recognized as best in class and distinguishes them in the marketplace.

We believe the new SHRM Certification will become the new standard for HR professionals around the globe, as it is among the first HR certifications that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and competencies.

We believe the best way to support HR professionals with existing HR generalist certifications will be to make them eligible for the new SHRM certification – at no cost – beginning January 5, 2015.

Will I have to give up my current credential in order to obtain the new SHRM certification?

You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM Certification.

Beginning January 5, 2015, HR professionals with existing HR generalist certifications (you must have obtained your certification on or before January 31, 2015) that are in good standing will be eligible for the new SHRM Certification -- at no cost -- by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

The online tutorial will focus on HR competencies.

Once you complete this process, you will earn the new SHRM credential and begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle.

How will it be determined what level (mid, Senior, exec, etc.) my current certification will translate to?

If you hold an existing senior- or advanced-level certification, you will be eligible for the more senior of the new SHRM Certification, the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

If you hold an existing generalist- or professional-level certification, you will be eligible for the correlating new SHRM Certification, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM Certification.

What are the certification levels of the new SHRM Certification?

SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™).

Eligibility Requirements

Credential

Less than a Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Graduate Degree

HR-Related

Non-HR

HR-Related

Non-HR

HR-Related

Non-HR

SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)

3 years

4 years

1 year

2 years

Currently in HR role

1 year

SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

6 years

7 years

4 years

5 years

3 years

4 years

OR you are eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP™ exam after one SHRM-CP™ recertification cycle.

Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to 1 year of experience. HR experience can be in an exempt or non-exempt capacity.
SHRM membership is not required to attain the new SHRM Certification.

What’s the format of the online tutorial? Will I have to answer any questions? If so, what if I get one wrong?

The online tutorial will present competency-based information and will include a series of questions at the conclusion of the program. Participants will have the opportunity to answer the questions in order to demonstrate their mastery of the concepts covered in the tutorial. If a participant answers a question incorrectly, they will be redirected to the section of the tutorial that relates to the information addressed in the question. Participants will then have another opportunity to respond to the question.
What if I am currently earning recertification credits?

SHRM has always focused on making sure HR practitioners are maintaining certification and we support your decision to complete your recertification credits.

SHRM will continue to apply to HRCI for recertification credits for all current SHRM programs and events scheduled in 2014 and 2015. By maintaining your existing credentials in good standing, you will be eligible for the new SHRM Certification program in 2015.

Beginning January 5, 2015, HR professionals with existing generalist certifications (you must have obtained your certification on or before January 31, 2015) that are in good standing will be eligible for the new SHRM certification – at no cost -- by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies.

The online tutorial will focus on HR competencies.

You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM Certification.

Once you complete this process, you will earn the new SHRM credential and begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle.

Beginning in 2015, we will offer recertification credits for the new SHRM Certification at SHRM programs and will also authorize other program providers to offer recertification credits. Download the SHRM Recertification Handbook.

I’m new and plan to take the exam in 2015, how much will the exam cost?

SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ Exam Fee
SHRM Member: $300 USD
Nonmember: $400 USD
Application Fee: $50 USD (Exam fee includes $50 USD non-refundable application fee)

How long will the exam be? How many questions?

The exam will be 160 to 180 questions, and will contain both knowledge- and competency-based questions. We anticipate that the exam will be 3 to 3 1/2 hours for the SHRM-CP and 3 1/2 to 4 hours for SHRM-SCP.

What prep materials will SHRM offer for the new certification?

The prep materials for the new SHRM Certification will be at the same caliber of the current SHRM Learning System but will be updated with universal content and competencies.

How much is the 2015 SHRM Learning System?

SHRM Member: $695 USD
Nonmember: $870 USD
UT Austin Participant: $0.00 SHRM LS System is included in the course!

Does UT PDC give the SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ exams?

No. The exam is administered by a Prometric Center. Once you are eligible to take the credential exam, SHRM will notify you by e-mail and send you examination scheduling instructions. The examination scheduling instructions direct you to the website for SHRM’s exam administration partner, Prometric, to schedule your examination date and location.
Further information regarding the examination and SHRM certification is available on their website.

Will I receive college credit?

UT Professional Development Center courses do not offer college credit. All participants, however, who complete the program satisfactorily, will receive CEUs.

Will there be any job search assistance with this program?

This program does not include a formal job search component. Participants are encouraged to join the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) chapter where job openings are announced at meetings, through networking, and on the AHRMA website.

Can I claim the cost of my continuing education class as a deduction on my income taxes?

An individual may be able to claim a tax deduction or a tax credit for the cost of attending continuing education programs. Please keep a copy of your receipt and consult with your tax advisor about whether your payment meets the regulations that apply to tax deductions and tax credits.

Is the PDC program affiliated with SHRM?

Yes, UT PDC is an approved SHRM Educational Partner.

How do I register?

You may register for the Human Resource Management Certificate Program with the secure online registration form or by contacting our Registrar at 512-471-4633 or (800) 687-7345. You may also download the registration form.

What if I have a question or concern? Is there someone I can speak to?

Yes. You can contact the Program Coordinator at 512-232-4334.

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