What HR certifications are available for HR Managers?

By Bay State College on June 14, 2017

Want to improve your career prospects after obtaining a human resource management degree? Getting certified may make you stand out in the candidate pool, show the hiring manager your determination, and potentially help you enjoy better career prospects. 

An HR certification may help you climb the corporate ladder and improve your chances of being hired in a lead role. You may gain a competitive edge and more knowledge, which may make you more hireable than non-certified candidates. Plus, HR certifications may add more value to your profile and increase your earning potential. 

HR Certifications


The Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional or SHRM – CP certificate can be acquired after you have gained one year of experience following a bachelor’s degree. If your qualifications are less, you will need an experience level of three years before you can apply for this certification. As an SHRM – CP practitioner, you will be expected to deliver HR services and perform other operational functions.


The Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional or SHRM – SCP certification can be obtained with three to seven years of experience. In such a role, you will be leading HR functions and be aligning HR strategies to business objectives. 


You can apply for a Professional in Human Resource or PHR certification when you have spent two to four years in the field, but do not have enough skills or in-depth knowledge for a senior level HR generalist role. 


The Senior Professional in Human Resource or SPHR certification can be obtained with six to eight years of experience in the field. As an SPHR certification holder, you will be accountable for the HR Department, managing relationships, and influencing the organization.  

HR Manager Jobs & Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.” 

Bay State College offers a four-year human resource management degree program that has a curriculum based on the guidelines of the Society for Human Resource Management. Learn more about the Bachelor’s Degree in Management - Human Resource Management Concentration program today!