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According to the Human ResourcesCertification Institute More than 108,000 HR professionals have earned HR certification as a PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR/CA or SPHR/CA. This certification demonstrates to you and your organization that you commit to a higher standard.
As a Human Resources professional certification means that you;
  • show you know the most current principles and core practices of HR management
  • become more marketable when you compete for top HR positions
  • raise your professional confidence among your staff and your peers
A growing trend in hiring practices for HR professionals is organizations requiring or preferring HR Certification for their new hires. To advance your career and enhance your professional value and standing take a look at this year’s certification exam schedule and sign up now. Join the more than 2900 Wisconsin HR professionals who are already certified.
To learn more about HR certification, examination schedules, preparation course and fees go to
2012 Exam Application Submission Dates
Testing Dates Applications Accepted Late Applications Accepted*


PHR/SPHR     May 1 – 30 June  2012 Jan 9 – Mar 9, 2012 Mar 10 – Apr 13, 2012

GPHR     May 1 – May 31, 2012

Jan 9 – Mar 9, 2012

Mar 10 – Apr 13, 2012
PHR/SPHR     Dec 1, 2012 – Jan 31, 2013 July 9 – Oct 5, 2012 Oct 6 – Nov 9, 2012

GPHR     Dec 1 – 31, 2012

July 9 – Oct 5 2012 Oct 6 – Nov 9, 2012
A US $75 nonrefundable late fee is applied to all applications submitted during this time
2012 Fees      
Non - SHRM Member $300 $425 $425
SHRM Member $250 $375 $375
Recertification can happen at anytime within the 3 years since you became certified.
You may recertify by:
  • accumulating 60 credit hours of HR-related continuing education activities
  • taking the exam again
To recertify through continuing education, all activities must be
Apply for Recertification
After completing a minimum of 60 HR-related recertification activities or continuing education programs you may submit your application and payment for recertification.
  • all certified HR professionals have an Online Profile where you can record your recertification activities. It is recommended that you utilize this online profile to maintain an accurate record of your recertification efforts.
Additional information can be found at
Posted: March 12, 2012

Recertification: Keep the Commitment
Did you know that participating in a structured mentoring program can earn you recertification credit?
HR Certification
Not certified yet, did you know that HR certification is a career-long commitment that proves to your peers and your organization that you are driven to be successful in HR management? Earning your HR credentials can:
  • Increase your professional confidence
  • Set you apart from your peers
  • Result in greater respect from the organization in which you work
The time has never been better to earn your credentials. Only two exam windows remain under the current eligibility requirements, which require a minimum of two years exempt experience in HR. A tiered eligibility requirement format, combining experience and formal education, goes into place for the May/June 2011 exam window. Download the HR Certification Institute’s 2011 Exam Eligibility flier for more information and a side-by-side comparison of the current and the future requirements.
Hear more about what current HR certified professionals are saying about the value of their credentials.
PHR, SPHR, GPHR Recertification
Did you know that your organization’s in-house training programs could earn you recertification credit?
You can earn recertification credit by attending formal on-the-job training sessions offered by your employer. In-house training falls under the continuing education recertification category. There is no recertification credit limit for this category if you attend in person. There is a maximum of 20-credit hours for training received via webcast.
What type of in-house training qualifies? Training that is HR related in topic, has a set learning objective and includes an instructor who has expertise on the subject presented. Training also needs to be at least one hour in length. Credit is awarded on an hour-for-hour basis.
To learn more about different activities that can earn you recertification credit, download the HR Certification Institutes, “Tips For Earning Credit Hours” flier. You may also search for activities that fit your schedule & needs by visiting their Searchable Directory of Approved Events
Why Recertify?
Recertification demonstrates your continued dedication to stay up to date with the rapidly changing HR profession. To retain the PHR, SPHR or GPHR designations, the HR Certification Institute requires all certificants to recertify every three years. There are two ways to recertify. Accumulate 60 educational hours through continuing education, instruction, on-the-job experience, research and publishing, leadership activities, or membership in a national or international professional organization such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), or retake the certification exam (“recertification by examination”).
Don’t let these tough economic times stop you from earning recertification credit for your HR certification. Hundreds of FREE or low-cost activities count towards recertification credit. The HR Certification Institute has created a list of these activities that provide you the opportunity to earn your recertification credit hours at little to no expense.
For example, you can earn recertification credit for first-time on-the-job activities, such as design and implement a new performance management system or diversity program; you also earn recertification credit for being a member of a national or international HR-related professional association or society, such as SHRM, or ASTD.
To learn more about recertification activities that are affordable and accessible to you, download the HR Certification Institute flier on “Low-Cost Tips for Earning Credit Hours.”
Also, don’t miss out on the recertification credits available to you through local SHRM chapter programs and the Wisconsin State SHRM Conference.
Each person holding an HR Certification Institute certification has his or her own online recertification file in which to record continuing education activities. This Online Profile allows you to record your activities as they accumulate. Click here to log into your HR Certification Institute Online Profile. When you have obtained the necessary 60 hours, you may pay for and submit your application online. It is highly recommended that you retain all backup documentation until you receive confirmation of recertified status. More information about the Online Profile and the application process is available in the 2009 Recertification Handbook, page 23, click here to download.
It is important to remember that if you do not recertify or your recertification application does not meet the established recertification criteria, your certification is considered expired and therefore you are no longer certified. You must cease using the PHR, SPHR or GPHR designation(s). Once your certification expires, the only way to become certified again is to retake the certification exam.
With questions go to for additional information on recertification.  
Recertification Extensions
Occasionally, extenuating circumstances—such as prolonged unemployment or the serious illness of a close family member—may prevent certificants from meeting the required 60 hours of continuing education experience over a three-year period. One-year extensions of recertification expiration dates can be requested in such circumstances. The extension can be taken only once during a certificant’s recertification career and must be approved at least three months before the recertification expiration date. The fee to request an extension is U.S. $100. Certificants may also choose to recertify by examination on or before their recertification expiration date.
Examples of those who may be eligible for an extension include:
  • Certificants who have been out of work for at least one year of the three-year recertification cycle due to lay-off or child birth/childcare.
  • Certificants who have spent a significant amount of time caring for a seriously ill family member or who have suffered serious illness themselves.
  • Certificants deployed to active duty in one of the armed forces for at least a one-year assignment.
Certificants who have not accrued the required 60 recertification credits by their expiration date and who have not experienced extenuating circumstances or have simply not submitted a recertification application on or before their expiration date are not eligible for an extension.
If the extension is approved, the recertification expiration date will be extended for one year, allowing enough time to accumulate the necessary continuing education credits. At the end of that period, certificants will be required to submit a completed recertification application form demonstrating that they have successfully met the continuing education requirements. The full recertification application fee is also due at that time. Upon successful recertification, the new three-year recertification cycle will begin at the end of the extension period.
When requesting an extension, submit the following materials at least three months before the expiration date:
  • A written request for extension providing a description of the extenuating circumstances;
  • Documentation of the extenuating circumstances, this may include a letter from a physician, notice of termination or receipt of unemployment benefits.
  • The $100 extension request fee (U.S. dollars); and
  • A completed recertification application demonstrating the efforts made to meet recertification requirements.
Certificants not approved for an extension must submit a completed recertification application by the original expiration date or their certifications will lapse.
HRCI Eligibility Requirements 2011
In keeping with best practices for certification programs, the HR Certification Institute conducted an extensive multi-pronged study of the eligibility requirements of their three core products: Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). Based on feedback from both certified and non-certified HR professionals, business leaders, students and academicians, the requirements will now include a combination of education and experience.

The following changes go into effect in the May-June 2011 testing window.

New eligibility requirements:

PHR Eligibility
• 4 years demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree
• 2 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree
• 1 year of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher

SPHR Eligibility
• 7 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree
• 5 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree
• 4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher

GPHR Eligibility
• 4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience (2 of the 4 being global HR experience) with less than a Bachelor’s degree
• 3 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience (2 of the 3 being global HR experience) with a Bachelor’s degree
• 2 years of demonstrated global exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher

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Don Herrmann, MBA, SPHR, CPC

Don Herrmann, MBA, SPHR, CPC
WI State Council Certification Director
Phone:   (920) 238-9605
Don is President of Herrmann Advantage Consulting, LLC in Fond du Lac. He has lead human resources activities for over 30 years and has been the top HR executive for a number of companies in multiple industries. Prior to starting his consulting business in 2008, Don was Vice President of Human Resources for a national company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Don has served on a variety of SHRM Chapter Boards in Georgia, Ohio, Nebraska and Colorado. Additionally he is an adjunct faculty member of Marian University and the University of Phoenix. He also serves on the Academic Advisory Board for Moraine Park Technical College.

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