Value of HR Certification By Barbara Mitchell All businesses and organizations—no matter the industry or location—must attract, hire, engage and retain the best talent available.It's HR professionals who make it happen. In an ever evolving labor market, one thing is for sure—today won't be like yesterday and tomorrow won't be like today. Today's HR professionals have a litany of issues to deal with including working in a global economy as well as learning evolving federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Technology, while making some tasks easier, also complicates other parts of the working world as well as having up to five generations within the same work place. To stay up-to-date on such an evolving industry, it's important for HR professionals to keep their certification. In addition to its online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in human resource management, Columbia Southern University has an excellent certification program. ...being certified as a HR professional lets employers know that you've demonstrated your knowledge of the field... Similar to certification in other business areas, being certified as a HR professional lets employers know that you've demonstrated your knowledge of the field and have passed a rigorous test. Because of this, there's an increasing demand for certified HR professionals. In order to maintain the certification, HR professionals must get re-certification credits by attending professional development seminars or webinars, earning continuing education units, reading specific books or more. Additional benefits include: Stay up-to-date in all areas of the profession You can be proud of your achievement You can use the certification initials after your name Network with other HR professionals while taking the preparation classes A 2014 study by Hum Pro found that certified HR professionals are hired at a higher rate, promoted more frequently and paid more than those who are not certified. Columbia Southern University’s certificate programs in human resource management prepare students for management positions within the field of HR and can be extremely valuable in providing skill development and proficiency. Bio: Barbara Mitchell is an author and HR consultant in the Washington, D.C., area. She is the author of The Essential HR Handbook, The Big Book of HR and The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook. She also works with organizations to help them hire, engage, develop and retain the best talent available.