ARSHRM - Arkansas SHRM State Council

Promoting and Serving
the Human Resource Profession in Arkansas

SHRM -  Society for Human Resources Professionals


What is HR Certification?


HR certification is a career-long commitment that shows your peers, your employees and your organization that you have mastered the principles of human resources and that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession.

To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. To remain certified, you must stay current in the HR profession and recertify every three years. You display your certification by putting the credentials after your name.

For information on how to apply for certification, visit the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) website.

HRCI offers the following certifications:

Why Become Certified?   

Adding these credentials to your name will:

  • Show you have gone above and beyond to raise the bar on your personal HR commitment. 
  • Develop what you have already learned on-the-job while transitioning those skills to future endeavors. 
  • Strengthen your skill set – a requirement not only of the HR profession, but the HR professional. 
  • Set you apart in the growing HR industry as a certified HR expert.   

Need more info on the Value of Certification for your Career? See this YouTube video

Certification Eligibility Requirements

PHR Eligibility

  • 4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree or no 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 or no 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 (with 2 of the 4 being global HR experience) with less than a Bachelor’s degree or no degree
  • 3 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience (with 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

For more information, please review HRCI’s Requirements and Eligibility guidelines 

SHRM Certification

Introducing SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

As the leading advocate for HR professionals worldwide, providing HR research and education, SHRM launched an unparalleled study to define not only the knowledge, but also the competencies required of today’s HR leaders. The result of this rigorous research was the SHRM HR Competency Model which forms an important foundation for the new SHRM Certification.

This next-generation SHRM certification–SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP is now available. For more information, visit

Certification / Academic Scholarships

Susan R Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR (deadline August 15, 2016)

The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR is a premier source of funding for first-time master's degree students in Human Resources. The award honors former SHRM President & CEO, Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR.

The fellowship is designed to support master’s degree students who are either members of SHRM or certified HR professionals. Sponsored by the SHRM Foundation, the fellowship supports those who want to leverage significant past contributions to the HR management field and who plan to continue contributing to the profession by earning a master’s degree in HR.

One winner is selected annually to receive a fellowship of up to $10,000. Additional fellowships may be awarded, depending on funding available, quantity and quality of applicants, and the discretion of SHRM. Each fellowship is renewable for one additional year for a total of two years of graduate study and up to $20,000 total for the fellowship. Doctoral students, including DBAs and Ph.D.s, are not eligible for this award.

How to Apply

Download and complete the application form, compile all required materials, then mail your completed application package to:

Meisinger Fellowship
SHRM Foundation Administrator
1800 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 535-6020

All required materials must be submitted together in one package. Applications will not be returned. Completed applications must be received by Monday, August 15, 2016. All applicants will be notified of results via mail by the first week of October.

The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees or national board members of SHRM, the SHRM Foundation, or HRCI and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.

2017 SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP / SHRM-SCP

The University of Arkansas Global Campus offers flexible training opportunities.

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. CST, Thursdays, February 2 - May 18, 2017

Flexible Attendance Options

  1. You can attend classes face-to-face at the Global Campus in Rogers, AR where you will gather with colleagues and the instructors in a face-to-face classroom setting.
  2. You can log on from anywhere to participate in the session “live” via our online learning system, Blackboard Collaborate.
  3. You can log on any time, from anywhere, to view the recorded session via Blackboard Collaborate once the class session has been posted.

Establish yourself as a globally–recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®). These professional certifications can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations and signal to employers advanced professional development.

Ensure you're prepared for your exam with our course designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success. This intensive 15 week program combines expert instruction with the  2017 SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

Global Campus courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of adult learners. Courses are taught by SHRM-certified instructors experienced in the HR field. Participants are expected to complete all assigned readings prior to each class.

The course cost of $1,349 includes textbooks - The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge.

Each Session Includes

  1. A high-level review of course material
  2. Interactive discussions and learning activities focused on the practical application of HR competencies and knowledge
  3. Sample assessment questions
  4. Study and test taking tips

To register by February 1, go to   For more information:

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Other Certification Study Preparation Courses in Arkansas

Check with your local chapter, college or university.

HRCI Exam Statistics 

Did you know as of January 2016:

  • PHR: 80,421
  • SPHR: 54,677
  • GPHR: 1,785
  • PHRca: 1201
  • PHRi: 1,337
  • SPHRi: 768
  • Multi Designations: 1,566

Please note that each number accounts for an individual record, providing us with the total individuals certified when added up. In some cases, an individual may hold more than one certification.

HRCI Pass Rates:

Exam Testing Period First Time PHR Pass Rate First Time SPHR Pass Rate First Time GPHR Pass Rate First Time PHRca Pass Rate PHRi Pass Rate SPHRi Pass Rate
December 2015-January 2016 54% 53% 56% 27% 69% 68%
May 2015-July 2015 53% 50% 47% 40%    

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Local Contacts for Certification in Arkansas

Your Arkansas SHRM State Council Certification Director and local chapter advocates are a great resource that you have available to help you. They stand ready to assist you with questions you may have regarding certification, provide information on certification preparation training locations and study groups, and can assist you in applying for certification and academic scholarships.  For more information, please contact: 

Arkansas State Council, Certification Director
Patti Airoldi, SHRM-CP, PHR
Rector Philips Morse, Inc.
1501 N. University, Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72207
Office: (501) 916-8233
Fax: (501) 664-0104

Twitter: @pkmafiaprincess