Certification Committee
Certification Director

Ashley Leisck, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Certification Committee Member:

Marc Braun, PHR, SHRM-CP
Spectrum Health and Human Services
Certification Committee Member:

Jillian Renzi, SHRM-CP
Certification Committee Member:

Rachel Wilde, PHR, GBA, SHRM-CP
Allied Motion Technologies

2nd Quarter 2021 Certification Update:

Not a member yet? Learn more about joining here or reach out to our Membership Director at [email protected]

At the BNHRA we believe that a professional HR certification is an important step in an HR career. Becoming certified demonstrates commitment to the profession, that you’re willing to take on a challenge to improve yourself no matter your experience level, and that you’ve established an understanding of Human Resources concepts and practices that set you apart. When a member achieves the certification that’s right for them, we believe it’s worth recognizing.

Below we’d like to recognize recently certified members. If you recently certified or expect to certify in the near future, we’d love to hear from you! Please reach out to [email protected]

HRCI Ethics Requirement

If you are certified with HRCI, as part of your 3-year recertification cycle you are now required to obtain 1 ethics credit. There is not a specific “ethics” designation to select from when entering the activity. Simply include one ethics-themed activity in your recertification plan and check the required “ethics affirmation box” to submit your recertification application. Check out this HRCI In The Know video that demonstrates how to add one ethics credit for recertification. 

The BNHRA’s monthly meeting on June 2nd, 2021 qualifies toward satisfying your ethics requirement! Register here today! 

Take Your HR Certification Exam from Home

Both SHRM and HRCI are now offering remote proctoring – meaning you can now take your HR certification at home! Check out SHRM’s remote proctoring procedures here and HRCI’s procedures here.

Need Credits? Earn SHRM Recertification Credits for Your COVID-19 Contributions in the Workplace

Have you played a role in your organization’s response to COVID-19? SHRM certification holders can now earn all 60 PDCs for work surrounding COVID-19 within their organization. To take advantage of this opportunity:

  1. Summarize activities using this SHRM COVID-19 Response Summary Form and follow the instructions to redeem the credits.
  2. You must attend at least one chapter or state council COVID-19-specific program and document it on this summary form. Click herefor a list of on demand SHRM chapter webinars related to this topic.

Carry Over Credit Allowance – SHRM & HRCI

Both SHRM and HRCI now allow professional development and recertification credits to carry over into the next 3-year recertification cycle. Make sure you are loading every single credit to your portals!

*SHRM will recognize up to 20 carry over credits – they will add them to your Advance Your Education category, which allows for an unlimited number for professional development credits per cycle.

*HRCI will recognize up to 15 carry over credits. No matter what they are when you earn them, they will carry over into your next cycle as general HR credits. Ready more detail on how to qualify credits with HRCI on their recently released FAQ page about carry over credits here.

The BNHRA understands that it can be an intimidating and confusing process when deciding from which professional organization you would like to pursue a certification with both SHRM and HRCI offering designations. Please review the information below to assist you in the decision-making process. 


Certification Comparison Chart

HRCI and SHRM: What You Need to Know


The HR Certification Institute has been around since 1976! Click the links below to explore HRCI and find out which certification is right for you. 

About HRCI




About SHRM

Eligibility Criteria



How to prepare for the SHRM Certification Exam - FREE webinar - December 6, 2018

Updates to SHRM Recertification effective August 1, 2019


Which Certification is Right for You?

HRCI - Selecting The Right Exam SHRM - Selecting The Right Exam


Exam Content Breakdown

Click the links below to view detailed information on each certification exams content.

Click here to view the HRCI What to Expect PowerPoint presentation! 





SHRM Descriptions of Exams



HRCI Recertification SHRM Recertification


How to apply for recertification credits online for HRCI and SHRM

HRCI - Submitting Recertification Activities SHRM - Professional Development Credits (PDCs)


Revised 10.1.2020