HR Certification Information

Let this be the year to obtain your professional HR certification!

To support HR professionals in their pursuit of HR certification, DallasHR offers study groups twice per year to help prepare for both the HRCI and SHRM certificate exams. Our study group provides resources to help prepare potential test takers.

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HR Certification Overview

Currently, there are two entities that offer professional certifications for HR Professionals; The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). DallasHR supports both the SHRM and HRCI certifications for our members. The HRCI certifications build human resources knowledge and the SHRM certifications provide HR professionals with the competency to apply it.HR certification is an opportunity for HR professionals to validate their individual expertise in the body of knowledge and competencies that are shared within the HR profession. It is also an outward sign of knowledge and professionalism that is recognized by all HR professionals and most employers.

For information regarding certifications offered by each entity, eligibility requirements, testing windows and preparation materials, please visit the SHRM and HRCI websites listed below.

The Society for Human Resource Management offers two competency-based certifications for HR Professionals. Your scope of work and depth of experience will determine which exam is best for you:

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

For complete details about the credentials above, the certification process and testing dates, visit the SHRM Certification's website.


The HR Certification Institute offers five certifications that cover all HR disciplines. Your scope of work and depth of experience will determine which exam is best for you:


    PHR® (Professional in Human Resources)
    SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
    GPHR® (Global Professional in Human Resources)
    California Certification (PHR-CA®)
    California Certification (SPHR-CA®)

For complete details about the credentials above, the certification process and testing dates, visit the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)’s website.

Need to Recertify?

Are you coming up on the end of your three year recertification cycle and short a few credits? Just starting out year one but want to get a jump start on earning hours? DallasHR is an approved provider of recertification credit hours for both SHRM and HRCI and offers over continuing education throughout the year. Join us at our next event!

New Member Value! Track Your Credits with Ease

Keeping track of your recertification credits can be a hassle; but not anymore with recertification tracking! Members who attend any DallasHR event offering recertification credit can now access a downloadable report detailing the Activity IDs and number of hours earned for SHRM and HRCI approved recertification credit hours. Details are automatically added to your report two weeks after the event you attended. This convenient way to track hours will help you keep the recertification process simple: track your progress, eliminate the need to save multiple certificates, and easily view all of your hours in one location.

To view your history, see the “Recertification Credit History" tab in your DallasHR Member Profile. Credits you’ve earned through DallasHR since 2015 have already been added to your report. View More Member Benefits.