Why get certified?

Hear directly from an HR Professional with the New Mexico State Council that recently took the SHRM Certification test and passed!

Margaret Lynch,


1.         What SHRM Certification do you have?


2.         Did you join a Study Group when you studied for your certification?

In the fall of 2019, the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. (FDIHB) HR team participated in a virtual SHRM certification class led by Mary Gordy through San Juan College. The team received access to the SHRM Learning system and the study manuals, and the class met twice a week for three hours.  Study was primarily accomplished independently, but the team would regroup just before class to discuss the previous module and any areas of difficulty or concern. The plan was for the team to take the appropriate SRHM exam in summer 2020. Unfortunately, COVID happened and those plans were put on the back burner. 

3.         What made you decide to get certified?

SHRM certification denotes expertise and leadership in the field of HR and I wanted to model this for the FDIHB HR team and demonstrate that obtaining SHRM certification is achievable.

4.         How has certification elevated your career?

Early on in my HR career, I was encouraged to study and sit for the HRCI PHR certification.  At the time, I didn’t know how instrumental it would be in obtaining a position with FDIHB, which ultimately lead to the Mentorship Advancement Program and subsequent promotions to Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive VP of Corporate Operations.

5.         Add anything personal that may show your strength and resilience through the pandemic:

As COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation, and hit it hard, being able to adjust to the uncertainty and ever-changing face of the virus became of paramount importance in our efforts to combat it. Fear, anxiety, doubt and death relentlessly assaulted our community and employees. As leaders, especially HR leaders, our responsibility is to be that beacon of strength, assurance, hope and compassion, even when we are facing the same assaults.  What I have learned through this experience is to value every relationship, every day, and to take nothing for granted, especially those who turn to us for leadership and guidance.

Prepare to Earn Your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

The SHRM Learning System® is delivered in a fully online format—providing comprehensive, flexible and effective SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam preparation. Real-life situations that require decision-making skills are incorporated into the online learning modules in addition to study tools to help you better understand, apply and engage with behavioral competencies and HR knowledge.

Professionals who use the SHRM Learning System to prepare for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam consistently beat the average pass rate.

Discover available SHRM System learning options, to suit your schedule, learning style, group size and location. Then get started on the path to earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP!

Why get certified?

Set Yourself Apart
with SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification

Certification not only prepares you for the challenges ahead, but also sets you on a path for further success. By earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) credential, you demonstrate that you’re invested in your career and ready to lead.

Unlike memorization-based certification credentials, SHRM certification measures an HR professional’s most critical skill: the ability to apply HR principles to real-life situations. No other exam compares.

Prove your HR knowledge—and how you can apply that knowledge on the job. Gain a platform to show you’re ready to take on the next challenge.

Get Started:

  1. Determine your eligibility using the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP eligibility chart.
  2. Apply for the exam. Find upcoming deadlines, exam windows and fees and submit your application.
  3. Choose a SHRM certification preparation option, based on your learning style and schedule. Discover available learning options.
  4. Take the exam and leverage your certification! Continue ongoing learning and development through recertification.