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A Sad -- But Not Surprising -- Breakup By Susan R. Meisinger; former SHRM CEO and HRCI Board Member

    Many people have contacted me to ask what I think about the Society for Human Resource Management's announcement that it's getting into the certification business. Specifically, it's developing a new HR certification program that will be based on the competencies required to be an effective HR professional.

    The HR Certification Institute was surprised by the announcement, as were its members and volunteer leaders.

    I'm asked what I think because I was SHRM's CEO and also sat on the HRCI board. SHRM and HRCI are part of my history.

    That's why I'm deeply disappointed that the two appear to be going their separate ways. But I'm not surprised. I believe that, when the decision was made more than 30 years ago by SHRM to create a legally separate certification organization, it became inevitable that the two organizations would someday go their separate ways. It appears that day has come.  read more...


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    This is a really excellent commentary. Recommended reading.