The Society for Human Resource Management this week named its two-tiered competency-based HR certification program and provided other details about its accreditation effort.

SHRM disclosed its new certification will be awarded in two levels – SHRM Certified Professional, or SHRM-CP, and SHRM Senior Certified Professional, or SHRM-SCP, for industry veterans. Also, Hank Jackson, SHRM president and CEO, says that a newly created governance body, the SHRM Certification Commission, will help manage the certification program as it moves forward.

SHRM expects to administer its first exams for the new certification program in mid-2015.

“I am very pleased by these developments and am confident that we are doing what is needed to ensure that SHRM continues to set the highest standards for the HR profession and remains the thought leader for the profession,” says Jackson.

Also See: SHRM defends professional certification effort

In May, SHRM Board of Directors approved plans to create a new certification program for the world’s largest HR membership organization. At the time, there was friction between SHRM and the HR Certification Institute, which issues the Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources designations. The HRCI has said it has not been involved with SHRM’s new certification. 

Clarissa Peterson, chief human resource officer for Abt Associates and the HRCI board chair, noted in a prior statement that HRCI’s exams are tested, proven and accredited “as competency-based and professionally relevant.”

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