The huge mountain that was applying and passing the SPHR exam is behind me. It's official! Now comes another mountain, and this one may be just as big: recertifying.
Wait, didn't I just get that certification? What am I talking about recertification?
See, this certification lasts for 3 years, at which point it will expire unless you recertify. There are 2 ways to recertify: taking the $525 exam again (bahahaha--no!), or obtaining 60 "credits hours" for continuous education/training/leadership. I opt for the latter option. But here are some things I didn't know about...
- You have to pay to recertify. That used to be $100 up til 2012 (or up to 2013?), but it is $150 for 2014. By the time I need to recertify in 2016, it may be higher. Boo hoo!
- The credits can be webcasts, which are a bit scarce, but free. However, only 20 of the total credits can be obtained from webcasts per recertification process
- The other 40 credits will cost ya. And depending where you go, they may cost you a lot. I have seen a lot of programs where they charge $45 for 1-2 "e-learning" credit hours, or programs that include all credits for about $200-$350. They even offer some e-learning courses for free, but you wont get credits unless you pay and take their 3-6 question quiz (so it isn't like you're getting any new material by paying vs not paying!).
I am yet to see a free "e-learning" credit. I will continue to search, but I may have to change my goals from 30 credit hours to 20hrs, or go for all 60 at once by paying the fee to access unlimited material.
I think I will opt to wait, and soak up all free opportunities I see this year. I am slightly upset they pull this sort of fast one on us. Guess I should've expected it. Companies will try to nickel and dime you every way they can, and this is a pretty good way to do so!