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Certification renewal is the talk of SHRM Certification right now, and Texas is high on the list, leading the way in total certification holders across the U.S. For brand new certification applicants, Texas trails only the state of California.

Get those recertifications in! You may be surprised by how the Recertification Smart Application makes recertifying as easy as click-click-click. If you are one of those maintaining two certifications, you may be surprised at the ease and flexibility of the SHRM recertification process.

We are so excited to continue to aim high in Texas, and we thank you for promoting HR expertise in your organizations and chapters, and for keeping Texas as big as its reputation.


Take your seat at the table for your local community! This year, I have been given increasing and awesome opportunities to serve in other volunteer roles outside of HR. This is going to be a new, but hopefully a fulfilling and exciting time. I’m serving my community in ways never before considered, and maybe you are as well.

If not, have you thought about how valuable your certification, experience, passion, and support might be to your local chamber of commerce, workforce, local clubs, non-profits, and other community groups? Think of ways you can lend a hand to groups outside of the HR profession, if you’re not already doing so. Also, if you are looking for one more thing to put on your plate, please consider making the time or finding simple ways to make your community better through the profession. Let us demonstrate what makes the credentials an asset to our community. That service is a part of our national mission, and service is a great part of what makes this profession strong and sustainable. Let’s be Texas strong. 

I would like to challenge you to help (or continue to help) make Texas a better place, utilizing your field knowledge in other volunteer service roles outside of the HR profession.

Thanks to the Texas certified professionals and senior certified professionals for all you do to serve your respective communities!

Are you serving in a role outside of your profession, where you are utilizing your HR expertise to provide support? If so, please feel free to share:


SHRM National is making it easier than ever for you to learn and share about the new SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP credentials. If you’ve ever considered certification and are wondering just where to go for more information, you are in the right place for 2018. 

First, take a few moments to explore and share the new brochure with your Texas chapter! We want to make it easy for you to show new members and non-certified incumbents everything they need to know about certification, such as about requirements, exam preparation, testing windows, and more. Visit the following link to review and download the brochure! Start sharing at your next meeting, or simply read it for yourself. 

SHRM Certification Brochure – file:///C:/Users/latonya/Downloads/SHRMCertification_PrepareApplyRecertify_Brochure.pdf 

Certification leaders on the chapter level, please calendar these dates, and get prepared now for the quarterly certification webcasts. Everything is big in Texas, and these meetings are no different, but they require zero travel and accommodations. Who can ask for better than that? These webcasts are truly a great way to stay connected and to understand your certification role, if you have one in the chapter.  


Remember to download your mobile app to begin tracking your certifications before it’s renewal time.

Recertification Guidance for SHRM-SCP & CP

Have you received your Chapter recertification handbook? If not contact me! We suggest you print and keep a few copies handy at your Chapter meetings. I’m sure there will be lots of upcoming questions on how to recertify, since SHRM is allowing members to renew early. You’ll have tools on hand to assist. Questions, let me know. 

Track SHRM-CS & SHRM-SCP Credits from your Phone or Smart Device

The exclusive app for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential-holders is now available! We’ve put the convenience of tracking your professional development credits in your hands!

The new app allows you to:

  • Easily add your PDCs under the Advance Your Education section.
  • Track all of the activities you have already added to your record.
  • Search and filter approved activities by competency, date and location.
  • Discover upcoming approved activities in your area.
  • Find out when you’re eligible to apply for recertification.

The app is available for iOS and Android users. Download now from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Come on Texas, Let’s Get Scholarships!

Don’t forget that the scholarship window is still open! Share this with your chapter members who may be taking college courses or interested in certification testing.

There are over 220 awards available.

You can get more information on the SHRM Foundation page!