Should I drop my PHR?

Great news friends! I have earned my SHRM-SCP. I’m super excited about it because I never thought I would ever try to earn a senior certification, but when someone shared with me last year that they thought I had enough years experience to be a mentor I’ve been re-evaluating my life ever since. For instance, now I’m overly aware of beauty regiments and my calcium intake as well as the fact that if I try really hard I can burn 10 calories a minute in a boot-camp class, but still consume about 100 calories a minute without trying. 100 calories a minute hasn’t always been a problem, but I guess as you reach new heights in your career like being considered a mentor or becoming eligible to sit for a senior certification things just work different than they used to. Also, I found my first gray hair so I guess yeah… I’m a senior certified HR professional.

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Proof of my first gray hair

So what does my PHR have to do with my SHRM-SCP and my baby crows feet? Well, I’m currently unequally certified. I wasn’t feeling confident about taking my SPHR before the cut off to basically roll into the SHRM certification level to match my HRCI certification level so I ended up with my PHR and SHRM-CP. A month before my scheduled test for the SCP I had to renew my PHR. Since I hadn’t taken the test yet I decided to pay the $150 to renew my PHR and go from there, so technically I’m re-certified at the PHR level for the next three years & I now have my SHRM-SCP for the next three years. Is it worth it to maintain both when they don’t represent the same level of experience?

When the HRCI/SHRM split happened there was a lot of speculation over which certification would come out on top. There was a lot of badmouthing from both sides and plenty of HR professionals who had strong opinions one way or the other. I shared why my PHR was important to me at the time, but now the circumstances are different. I’ve always seen certification as a commitment to continued learning whether its HRCI or SHRM or some other organization. I’m more concerned about professionals maintaining enough credits to re-certify than I am them taking the initial test (though thats clearly necessary and part of the process, its only a one time thing). If professionals are continuing to earn credit then hopefully they are continuing to learn new things about their field and attend events where they can network with other professionals and learn something new and take their own skills to the next level. So now that the circumstances are different and I have to make a decision for which certification is going to “win out” over the other, I’m probably going to pick my SHRM one. It’s the more senior one, I’m a member of SHRM, and my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM), and honestly I have never used a resource from HRCI outside of my PHR exam. My PHR was very important to me when I earned it, but now I’m in a different stage of my career and it’s time to choose one or the other so yeah, I think I’ll drop my PHR.

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The most bang for your conference buck!

I’m so thrilled to tell yall I’ll be at #ALSHRM16 this year!!!! <– all of those exclamation points should seal the deal. Why am I so excited? I’m so glad you asked!

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The Alabama SHRM State Conference was the first conference I ever attended. I was mesmerized by this huge group of professionals who worked in the same field I did. I didn’t know there were so many of us nor did I know there was a place close to me where we could all get together. I had the best time at the state conferences, but a few years ago I willingly gave them up. I was losing interest in the agendas and none of the keynotes caught my eye. The food and venue were becoming boring. The takeaways no longer relevant to where I was in my career etc., etc.. Until last year.

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Melissa and Bobbi, conference co-chairs

Last year a couple of HR professionals I know were conference co-chairs and I listened for months as they excitedly shared the agenda information, upgraded venue, fun events, great giveaways, time left for networking, etc. etc. I thought to myself, good for them! Somehow I landed a spot to speak on day one of the conference and decided to volunteer on day two of the conference so I could stick around and see what was happening. Y’all… this conference blew me away! The signage was so professional, the volunteers on their game, the keynotes knocking it out of the park. Bobbi and Melissa (conference co-chairs) really shook things up.

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Awesome and engaging volunteers

Guess what? They are at it again! They have an AMAZING line-up of speakers and topics to fit a variety of career level needs. In true HR fashion, day one will kick off with a much NEEDED legal update, followed by Marlin Smith presenting “Black Guy in the C-Suite,” and closing out with (what I know will be entertaining) “Generation Them,” from Kristin Scroggins. Tuesday night is also a great time to kick back with some of your new favorite HR Pros and have a good time.

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Wednesdays agenda takes it to the next level with opening keynote from Chuck Blakeman, lunch keynote from our dear friend Tim Sackett, and a closing keynote on HR improv! The concurrent sessions offer topics from background checks to strategic leadership.Some of the best vendors in the HR sphere will be there to meet with us in between these awesome sessions.

The ALSHRM group has done a wonderful job of putting together a conference that can meet the needs of many of our HR friends while bringing us a diverse group of speakers to challenge our thought process and encourage us to be the HR Super Hero we are all capable of being. I’m also excited that the conference provides 10.25 hours of recert credits for both of my HR certifications. Did I mention the conference is only $325 & it’s in a fun and growing area in Birmingham? Come check it out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!¬†http://bit.ly/1Q3JDPL