Certification Committee
Certification Director

Ashley Leisck
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.


June 2020 Announcements:

You Can Now Take Your 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.

New SHRM Recertification PDC Option - Earn Recertification PDCs for COVID-19 Work

Are you playing a role in your organization’s response to COVID-19?

SHRM has introduced a new recertification PDC option for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holders.  You can now earn all 60 PDCs for your work surrounding COVID-19 within your organization.
To take advantage of this opportunity:

  1. Summarize activities using this 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.


The Certification Committee assists HR professionals who are interested in obtaining and retaining HR certifications. Also, we connect members with one another to form study groups, share experiences, and quality resources. We are here to answer any questions that you may have regarding certification and help you along your way to bettering yourself in the field of HR.

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

Don’t Be Shy

Have you recently received your HR certification? Let us know so we can recognize your achievements in our chapter chatter and program meetings!  Contact the Certification Chair with your name, certification awarded, copy of certificate, and the date you received it. We’d also love to hear about your experience preparing and taking your exam.


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 6.29.2020