In a November 16 letter from president and CEO Henry “Hank” Jackson, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced that its general HR certifications, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, have been accredited. The accrediting agency, the Buros Center for Testing, operates as an independent, nonprofit organization within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Buros provides an independent review of policies and procedures to ensure testing organizations maintain a standard of quality determined by the testing industry. The process includes two stages. Stage One reviews the testing program’s policies and practices, such as organizational structure, procedures associated with test development, and test administration. Stage Two involves review of the psychometric characteristics of specific tests that were developed using the Stage One accreditation process.
According to Jackson’s letter, SHRM submitted a 1,900-page application documenting its testing practices, methodology, and policy in order to receive accreditation. “The thorough review process took six months to complete and included site visits of SHRM and its testing vendors,” Jackson wrote.
HR professionals now have two accredited, general-certification providers—SHRM and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)—to consider when choosing a credential to pursue. HRCI’s PHR, SPHR, GPHR and PHR-CA/SPHR-CA are accredited through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), another nonprofit organization that evaluates certifying organizations. The NCCA uses compliance standards that exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.