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Professional Certification

The OSHRM chapter encourages all its members to seek professional certification. Certification opportunities are available through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). ​​​​​​​

SHRM Certification

The national Society for Human Resource Management offers HR certification for HR professionals. Two levels of certification available are the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). These certifications bridge competencies and knowledge to deliver and test the skills necessary to succeed.

Visit the SHRM website about certification​​​​​​​.
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HRCI Certification

HRCI is an independent, internationally recognized certifying body for the HR profession. HRCI certifications require professionals to demonstrate their expertise in the core principles of HR practice and the application of those principles.

HRCI grants accreditation to HR management professionals who pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of the HR field in areas which range from technical operational knowledge to comprehension of contemporary management concepts and practices.


​​​​​​​Visit the HRCI website​​​​​​​.​​​​​​​

OSHRM Certification Award

The OSHRM Certification Award is to recognize Human Resource professionals who achieve certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) or SHRM for the first time.  As a chapter of SHRM, OSHRM encourages all its members to seek professional certification.

The OSHRM Certification Award is intended to acknowledge the recipient's knowledge of and dedication to HR principles and practices. The award of $100, in the form of a check made payable to the recipient, is presented to the recipient at an OSHRM meeting.

Criteria for the Award

The recipient must attain certification for the first time through HRCI or SHRM.


The following certifications qualify for this award:

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)
  • California Certifications (PHR-CA and SPHR-CA)
  • Professional in Human Resources International (PHRi)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources International (SPHRi)
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).​​

The recipient must be a paying OSHRM member in good standing at the time the certification is awarded and when the OSHRM award is requested and received.  A member may only receive this award once, regardless if other certifications are attained.

The recipient must request the OSHRM Certification Award and present proof of his or her certification to the OSHRM Board within six months of it being awarded. Proof may include a copy of the certification achievement letter from HRCI or SHRM. 

Certifications received before this program was established (12/01/2012) and re-certifications do not qualify for this award.  SHRM Certifications received during the certification transition in 2015 and received by taking the SHRM "tutorial" do not qualify for this award.


Receive the OSHRM Certification Award:

  • send an email to an OSHRM board member, requesting the award, 
  • include proof of the certification that you received in the past six months, 
  • be an OSHRM member, and
  • attend the designated chapter meeting to receive your check!