Today, in this article we will discuss the trends with regards to professional human resources certifications. We have been quite curious to understand how important certificates are to people in order to build a career in the field of HR.
The real value of HR certifications
A survey was carried out by Newton which is a well-renowned company that provides applicant tracking systems. The survey involved 846 users of the company’s applicant tracking systems. So, it was found out that 22 percent of those users hold some type of professional human resources certification. Furthermore, it was discovered that out of the users that have certifications, 55 percent have earned dual certification.
Looking at this data, we are interested to understand the perceived as well as the real value of HR certifications to professionals. Such certifications are mentioned on business cards and email signatures but what is its actual return on investment for those who make the efforts to earn them and also for the employees who seek certified professionals.
According to a research by the US currently, twelve percent of the professionals working in the field of HR and Talent Management hold human resources certification. We know that the numbers are not that high, however, professional find certifications as the most valuable and useful credentials in multiple aspects such as career advancement, learning etc. Moreover, a graduate degree was the only credential ranked than professional certification, as per as research executed by HR Certification Institute.
So it’s clear that HR and Talent management professionals thing highly of professional certification but what about their real value. We have listed a number of criteria to evaluate the actual value of these certifications.
- Job qualifications as well as progression
The first thing that is needed to be evaluated to understand the real value of certifications is their effect on career advancement. While visiting various job portals, we notice HR certifications mentioned as a mandatory requirement for jobs. So can they help you find a good job?
A research was made by HR Certification Institute along with B2B International on the same topic. And the findings were:
- 96 percent of employers find HR certifications relevant and prefer to recruit candidates who hold certifications.
- 56 percent of the people heading an HR department believes that by hiring certified professionals they can enhance the profitability of the company.
- 46 percent of the employers in the US desire for professionals holding certification to fill in HR professionals.
It appears that HR certification can actually play a large role in getting you a job.
- Pay level
Another indicator to check the true value of certifications is their effect on the pay level of an individual holding one. In a study by Payscale, it was stated that there is a noticeable difference in the pay of certified and non-certified professionals. The ones who hold the best HR certifications receive an average income of 64,700 dollars while their uncertified counterparts earn an average income of 45,600 dollars.