Info systems, program development now central to revised HR certification
- The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) has revised its Professional in Human Resources - International (PHRi) certification exam to include technology and program development. Amy Schabacker Dufrane, HRCI’s CEO, says that the exam’s revisions better align today’s HR functions with HR information management systems.
- HRCI reviewed and analyzed HR professionals worldwide to come up with a blueprint for the future PHRi exam. The 2018 PHRi Exam Content Outline now covers HR Information Management and Talent Management and Development, along with Talent Acquisition, HR Administration and Shared Services, Compensation, Benefits and Work Experience, and Employee Relations and Risk Management.
- HRCI follows the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)’s industry testing standards to maintain the accreditation of PHRi practitioners. HRCI’s seven credentials are NCCA accredited.
The PHRi exam certifies HR professionals in international settings outside the U.S. But global standardization gives HR professionals credentials that are universally recognized.
HRCI sets high standards for advancing HR professionals, and continues to revise and update certification credentials for managing the workforce. In June, HRCI revised the exam for the Senior Professional in Human Resources – International (SPHRi) certification to focus on analytical thinking, linking HR initiatives to global business results and measuring results.
Staff development is a critical HR function and is included in new performance management systems. Technology is almost synonymous with HR functions today; therefore, the addition to the exam was essential. HR leaders are adopting strategic plans based on automation, and they're beginning to include artificial intelligence (AI) in their plans, as well.
HR certification generally helps practitioners align themselves with their organization’s goals and secure their role as business partners — an overall HR goal.