Although they are legally separate organizations with different governing boards, SHRM and the HR Certification Institute have been closely intertwined since the 1970s.
The Society for Human Resource Management roared headlong into the certification competition late this spring, leaving the distinct impression that the organization intends to spin HRCI and its cadre of certification letters into irrelevance.
Its professional certification designations of SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP seek to replace longtime standards PHR and SPHR.
Questions emerge regarding what SHRM’s move means to those with PHR, SPHR and GPHR credentials, as well as the relationship between the organizations. Updated with comments from SHRM's Hank Jackson and HRCI's Amy Dufrane.