SHRM Draws 14,000 to Orlando

SHRM Draws 14,000 to Orlando

The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference and exposition last month in Orlando, Fla., drew more than 14,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. Biggest announcement was that of a new SHRM competency-based certification, which could become a competitor to a similar certification program sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.

“As a profession, we’re in the most important position to guide our organizations through this change, but we must be ready ourselves,” SHRM CEO Hank Jackson told members before the opening keynote.

SHRM will offer two new certifications: the SHRM Certified Professional, which is aimed at HR practitioners in the early stages of their careers; and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional, which is designed for practitioners with at least six years of experience.

In addition to the new certifications, SHRM announced the creation of the SHRM Certification Commission, an independent governance body to manage the certification program, including development of exams, eligibility criteria and recertification requirements.

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