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You may not need a license to practice HR or benefits administration, but earning an HR certification tells your employer (and potential employers) that you know your stuff.

Various organizations offer an alphabet soup of certifications. But is certification even necessary for your career path? If it is, which certification is right for you? Do your homework: The most common certifications may not be your best career choice.

Choosing the right certification

The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), part of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), offers the most popular HR certifications.

HRCI confers the well-known Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certifications, which require HR experience and understanding of general HR principles.

PHR and SPHR certifications are for those with varied HR experience...(register to read more)

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