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Upcoming SHRM & HRCI Certification Testing Windows


Spring/ Summer



May 1-July 15

December 1-February 15


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HR Certification Sets You Apart

HR certification is a career-long commitment that shows your peers, your employees and your organization that you have mastered the core HR principles and that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession.

Earning your certification makes your resume stand out, earns you recognition from your organization, and connects you to an elite network of motivated HR professionals around the globe.

  • One out of two recruiters prefer those with HR certification
  • Business leaders find HR certified professionals to be more self-motivated
  • More than 120,000 certified HR professionals work in more than 70 countries and territories

Earning an HR certification credential demonstrates that you commit to a higher standard. If you’re an HR professional, when you become HR certified, you:

  • show you know the most current principles and core practices of HR management
  • become more marketable when you compete for top HR positions
  • raise your professional confidence among your staff and your peers

If you’re an employer, when you insist on certification for your professional HR staff, you help to ensure updated HR programs and policies in your organization.

Where can I learn more?

For information about certification or recertification, visit SHRM at www.shrm.org/certification or HRCI at www.hrci.org.


EHRA 2021 Certification Scholarship Application


EHRA Certification Scholarship will support an HR Professional that is in pursuit of an HR Certification. Applicants must be applying for a professional development certification.

Application and Notification

Applications from interested candidates must be received by EHRA no later than the posted deadline. Notification to all candidates will be sent via email two weeks after the respective deadline.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include SHRM and/or HRCI accredited education classes, conferences, and exam fees incurred in pursuit of obtaining the following certifications:

  • aPHR - Associate Professional in Human Resources™
  • PHR – Professional in Human Resources®
  • SPHR – Senior Professional in Human Resources®
  • PHRi – Professional in Human Resources International®
  • SPHRi – Senior Professional in Human Resources International®
  • GPHR – Global Professional in Human Resources®
  • SHRM-CP – SHRM Certified Professional
  • SHRM-SCP – SHRM Senior Certified Professional


  • Active EHRA members in good standing are eligible to apply for an EHRA grant/scholarship to be used toward pursuing an HR certification.
  • Members are eligible for one-time (1) award scholarship.
  • Preparation course towards SHRM Certification or HRCI Certification
    • Tuition for preparation courses that is provided in support of the SHRM Certification Preparation Program. Under extenuating circumstances (ex. SHRM prep currently offered from USI course is full or not being offered for that testing window) the Scholarship Committee may consider awarding funds to be used towards a certification prep course not facilitated by USI.
    • Successful completion of course means minimum attendance of 75%.
    • The course/exam cannot be previously taken before the scholarship is offered.
    • Upon award, the recipient must register and pay for his/her professional development course and then send confirmation of registration and payment to EHRA.
  • Please provide the following information in your acceptance email:
  • Course Provider
  • Title of Course
  • Course Cost
  • Website of Course Provider (for review and approval)
  • Test Date

The EHRA Certification Scholarship is for Spring 2021 Testing Window This scholarship is for members of ERHA who are testing for HR certifications (aPHR, PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi, SPHRi, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) between May 1 and July 15, 2021. Deadline to submit is April 1, 2021.


  • To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
  • Be an EHRA member in good standing
  • Be qualified and eligible to sit for the HRCI or SHRM certification
  • Testing for first time certification or to upgrade a current certification (Ex: current SHRM-CP testing for a SHRM-SCP)
  • Have signed up to test for certification exam 
  • Complete this application and submit it within the deadline

Applicants are not eligible if they receive any other reimbursement (from employer or elsewhere) to study for, or to sit for the certification exam.

How to Apply:

Email the completed application and attach a copy of the letter from SHRM, HRCI or the testing center confirming you are signed up for the exam to [email protected] by April 1, 2021. The applications will be reviewed by a committee and the chosen finalist(s) will be notified by April 15, 2021.

  • The scholarship recipient(s) will be announced at one of the EHRA chapter monthly meetings following awarding of the scholarship.
  • The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and award a scholarship.

Please use the space below (or attach a separate page to this application) explaining how this scholarship will assist you in achieving your HR career goals. Include a short biography of your career thus far, any factors that influenced you to enter the HR profession, and whether you have any HR volunteer experience.

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