It doesn’t look like this relationship can be saved. The schism between the Society for Human Resourceand the HR Certification Institute over SHRM’s decision to launch its own certification program was on full display at the SHRM Annual Conference in June in Orlando, Fla.
SHRM staged presentations on how its new certification would work—but didn’t take questions from the audience. For the first time in years, HRCI wasn’t represented on SHRM’s exhibit floor, instead hosting a small gathering at a resort several miles away. HR pros in Orlando expressed confusion, anger and sadness.
Then came word that HRCI had found new office space in suburban Washington, D.C., leaving the digs it had shared with SHRM for years. As one wag put it, “HRCI packed up its toothbrush, cleaned out its drawer and moved out.”