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Valuable HR Certifications for Today's World of Work

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If you’re an HR professional with time on your hands, now is a great time to expand your certifications. A few forces influencing the world of work in 2020 are changing demographics, new societal expectations, skills of the future, distributed workforces, and new business models, according to the World Economic Forum. If you’re a dedicated human resource professional and committed to handling these pressing issues to the best of your abilities, take a look at some of the best certifications to consider. 

HR Certifications

Human resource certifications are a great way to set yourself apart from the professional pack. One of the best general HR certifications to complete is the SHRM Certified Professional. SHRM, or the Society for Human Resource Management, is regarded as one of the best Human Resources organizations in America. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge and elevate your worth to current and future employers, SHRM certifications are valuable. As I mentioned above, the SHRM Certified Professional is ideal as it’s one of the first certifications employers will look for. If you’ve been in HR for a few years, the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) is a great way to distinguish yourself. 

Before you seek out any certifications it’s crucial to know your own professional goals and career trajectory. Nearly all additional certifications come with costs. In some cases, these certifications will be like having a “name brand” associated with your career experience, and others where your own experience will speak for itself.

Learning and Development Certifications

As I mentioned above, skills of the future are a top concern for the workplace and people in human resources. Learning professionals will be essential to support employees as they adapt and learn new skills for the changing workplace. Learning and development teams will play an important role in retaining and engaging current and future employees. As such, they’re a valuable asset to businesses.

If you or your business values learning and development, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) offers the Certified Professional in Learning & Performance certification. ATD is a recognized leader in continued learning and talent development. They offer a number of courses and certifications for people interested in building out their learning and development knowledge. 

Change Management Certifications

Now is a crystal clear time to embrace agility as a business. If businesses still want to compete and remain open, they need to meet the needs of their customers quickly while staying flexible. An HR team well-versed in change management can help. 

PROSCI is a widely recognized leader when it comes to change management. In fact, their library of benchmark resources around their ADKAR methodology is used internationally and a standard model for change management practitioners. 

Like the certifications mentioned above, the PROSCI certification is a respected brand name that will likely stand out to employers and be seen as valuable. But before you pay for any additional certifications, do your research and determine the best option for your own goals.

Look towards the future

Businesses that embrace change, value agility, and look towards the future will likely be successful. HR certifications are one way to place value on this ever-changing economic landscape as we all reconsider what it means to work and live.


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