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Professional Development

    WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR HR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    #1: OBTAIN HR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

    SHRM Certification

    Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

    To learn more, CLICK HERE

    If you would like to join a class to study for the SHRM Certification, here is a list of educational institutions offering SHRM Certification Study Courses

    • Central Connecticut State University (classroom) - CLICK HERE
    • Post University (online) - CLICK HERE

    HRCI Certification

    The Human Resource Certification Institute offers additional HR certification designations:  PHR, SPHR or GPHR.

    To learn more, CLICK HERE

    #2: JOIN SHRM!

    SHRM offers dozens of membership benefits:  HR advice, white papers, scholarships, sample policies, sample interview questions, great conferences and so much more!   If you are not a member of SHRM, you’re missing an opportunity to educate yourself as an HR subject matter expert.  To learn more CLICK HERE

    #3: JOIN A LOCAL SHRM CHAPTER / ATTEND A LOCAL SHRM MEETING

    Consider joining a Connecticut SHRM chapter in your area – there are 7 to choose from!  Our chapters offer regular meetings throughout the state, and the benefit of building a local professional network of colleagues – think of it as your own personal board of directors.  And, almost every meeting offers both SHRM and HRCI re-certification credits for certified professionals.  For a list of chapters within our state chapter, CLICK HERE

    #4: EARN A CERTIFICATE IN HR
    #5: EARN A DEGREE IN HR

    A partial list of Connecticut educational institutions offering HR or related degrees:

    Undergraduate Degrees:

    • Albertus Magnus College
      • B.A. - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Central Connecticut State University
      • B.S.B.A - Human Resource Management
    • Fairfield University
      • B.S. Management, HR Concentration
    • Quinnipiac University
      • B.S. Management, HR Concentration

    Graduate Degrees

    • Sacred Heart University
      • M.S. in HR Management
    • University of New Haven
      • M.A., Industrial / Organizational Psychology
    • University of Connecticut
      • M.S. in HR Management