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March 25, 2019 11:20 AM | Anonymous

Happy Spring Fellow HR Certified Professionals,

My name is Lisa Fleming and I am delighted to lead HR certification for the OKHR State Council.  This is my fourth year on the Council and second year as Certification Director and I must say, it is an exciting time to be CERTIFIED!  As you may have heard, over 100,000 HR pros have attained SHRM certification since its inception in 2015.  On average, 30% of local chapter members and SHRM national members are certified – so what are you waiting for?  All the cool kids have initials on their signature blocks. J

Regardless of where you are in your Certification Journey, the SHRM website has a plethora of information, resources, brochures, tools, exam prep guides covering topics such as:

  • ·         Who is eligible for the SHRM certification
  • ·         Which credential is right for you
  • ·         How to prepare for the SHRM exams
  • ·         Top 5 ways your employer will benefit from your certification
  • ·         Learn how to maintain your SHRM certification

From the SHRM website, navigate to Learning & Career > Certification > SHRM Certification FAQs for general certification questions or click All Things SHRM Certification to go directly to the SHRM Certification Portal.  In addition, if you are a chapter certification leader or volunteer, you can find resources and certification promotional materials in the Volunteer Leader Resource Center - VLRC Tools & Resources.

So What’s New?  

SHRM is excited to introduce these awesome new HR Specialty Certifications -


You can build specialized knowledge and expand your influence by earning a SHRM Specialty Credential. These credentials allow HR professionals to demonstrate targeted competence in several key areas while enhancing credibility among peers and employers. Earning SHRM Specialty Credentials is an investment in your continued career development and can be accomplished by engaging in content-specific, competency-based education and achieving a successful score on an online assessment. Specialty Credentials are an approved professional development activity for recertification credits towards your SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® certification.  An FAQ about these exciting new credentials can be found HEREComing soon – HR Department of One and US Employment Immigration Specialty Credentials.

What Else Do You Want?  Free Money? 

Don’t forget about SHRM Certification Scholarships - $750 for SHRM Certification exam and preparation.  Minimum of 220 Scholarships are awarded each year – dozens of Oklahoma HR pros have earned certification scholarships – including yours truly. J Individuals can find scholarship application deadlines and eligibility information on the SHRM website.  Chapters can also earn a certification scholarship to assist with sponsoring a study group – check out the details HERE

More Free Money…..Pay attention Oklahoma Chapter HR leaders - Chapters in good standing will receive $20 per each chapter member who is a SHRM member in good standing, primarily coded to the chapter, and recertifies for SHRM Certification during 2019.  Spread the word about SHRM Certification to your members and check out the VLRC.  You will find certification promotional materials and study group toolkits.  Remind your membership that SHRM hosts quarterly live “Ask a Counselor” chats to answer certification and recertification questions. 

Let’s Wrap this UP!  

If you are just starting your SHRM Certification Journey, we are here to help; answer your questions, help you prepare, ease your anxiety, and support you all the way.  My contact information can be found below and on the OKHR website or check your local SHRM chapter for resources on certification. Let me know if you have certification or recertification questions and/or how I can assist you with your Certification Journey to Greatness!

Hope to see everyone at the Certification Lounge at the Oklahoma State Conference & Expo, May 8th – 10th at the Embassy Suites in Norman.  Register Now!

Lisa Fleming, SHRM-SCP, GPHR, SPHR

OKHR – Director of Certification


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