New HR Certification Introduced for Early or Transitioning Professionals

By Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR, President & CEO
Published February 2, 2016

Management Association has been helping members prepare for and retain HR certifications for over twenty years. I am a firm believer in the value of certification, as I have personally experienced the benefits in my own career. I have also seen how rewarding the certification process has been to Association staff, my professional colleagues and our members. That is why I am particularly excited to share the news that HR Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier professional credentialing organization for the human resources profession, is introducing the first early HR career certification, the Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR). This new certification is a way for young professionals or those planning to transition into an HR role to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of HR that will give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.


For years we have heard from recent college graduates and others who “landed” in HR that they did not meet the prerequisites for taking certification exams. This new credential was created in response to demand by early careerists, those in HR support roles or even those with some “other duties as assigned” that fall into the HR arena. The aPHR exam focuses on fundamentals of HR principles and practices including recruitment, HR development and retention, compensation and benefits, employee relations and health, safety and security.

Due to the partnership our industry group Employer Associations of America (EAA) has with HRCI, we will be receiving additional details about this new certification as they are released. For the time being, we know that registration for the pilot exam opens on February 16 for test dates in early May, and registration for the first aPHR testing period opens April 1 for tests dates from November 2016-January 2017.  For more information, please see the FAQ’s. We hope you consider participating in the pilot if you are not already certified or passing news of this important opportunity on to other new or transitional HR professionals in your network.       


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