Which Professional HR Certificate?


Which professional institution or which certificate should I start studying as an HR professional ?

There are different HR certifications and institutions some of them based in the United States others based in the United Kingdom.

This is the first step when you start looking for a professional certificate that will add value to your knowledge and experience.

The certificates mainly covers the following Human Resources areas:
• HR Administration
• Recruitment & Selection
• Employee Relations
• Compensation & Benefits
• Training & Development
• HR as a Business Leader
• Talent Management
• HR Services
• Measurement

The certificates benefits are:
1. Earning credibility
2. Opening opportunities
3. Increasing salary
4. Demonstrating commitment
6. Improving skills and knowledge
7. Representing personal achievement
8. Building confidence in knowledge

HRCI (Human Resources Certificates Institute) located in the US offers the following certificates:
• PHR (Professional Human Resources)
• SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources)

PHR and SPHR both designed for US candidates.

• HRBP (Human Resources Business Professional)
• HRMP (Human Resources Management Professional)

HRBP and HRMP both designed for International candidates.

SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) located in the US offers the following certificates:
• SHRM-CP (Certified Professional)
• SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional)

SHRM certificates are the latest HR certificates and it was introduced in 2015, SHRM was the main provider of the study material for HRCI certificates, it is no longer providing such materials and it will concentrate on their own certificates.

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) located in the United Kingdom offers 3 different level of qualifications:
• Foundation
• Intermediate
• Advanced

HRCI and SHRM certificates requires passing a multiple choice exam, in other hand the CIPD certificates requires completing assignments and attending workshop sessions.

I would recommend SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP or HRBP/HRMP certificates as a first certifications of choice because they are designed for international candidates and CIPD as the second choice.

CIPD certificates would be the first choice only if the candidate did not have the solid HR experience or HR qualification and knowledge.

Extensive experience in all of the Human Resources functions, My primary career objective is to balance the needs and goals of both the company and the workforce. I am a strong believer that HR strategies can affect the organization's profitability, as the company workforce is one of the most important assets that drive a company's success.


  1. Muhammad Essam

    July 19, 2015 - 4:29 pm

    Those institutions are great, but could i know the great one to initiate my knowledge in HR field here in Egypt, please?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Heba Salah Mahmoud

    March 19, 2017 - 2:17 pm

    I have 7 years exp. And I’m in a senior level, which one do u recommend for me to have a step towards HRBP or section head level?

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