Lets first define them, according to Wikipedia they are as follows.
CIPD: The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a professional association for human resource management professionals. It is headquartered in Wimbledon, London, England. The organisation has over 135,000 members across 120 countries, and achieved chartered status in 2000.
SHRM: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India.
Now that we covered the definitions, let us take a better look inside:
- CIPD: 1913
- SHRM: 1948
- Based in:
- CIPD: The United Kingdom
- SHRM: United States of America
- Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP) Entry/support (Level 3) level qualification leading to Associate membership
- Certificate in Recruitment and Selection (CRS) is a level three qualification that’s based on the CIPD’s support-level Professional Standards.
- Certificate in Training Practice (CTP) is a recognised Level three trainers qualification that also underpins NVQ 4.
- Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (CCM) Introduces students to the skills needed to be an effective coach and mentor. It’s a level three qualification that’s based on the CIPD’s support-level Professional Standards.
- Certificate in Employment Relations, Law and Practice (CERLAP) Designed to introduce students to the key elements of employment law and practice. It covers the skills and competencies needed by today’s HR and development professionals. It’s a level three qualification that’s based on CIPD’s support-level Professional Standards.
- Certificate in Business Awareness & Advanced Professional Study (CBAAPS) This is a Level 6 qualification. It has been developed to help students make the transition from a level three or non-relevant degree programme onto postgraduate programmes. It will enables them to join a CIPD-approved postgraduate level qualification with the right entry level knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for a master’s level study.
- Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) The PHR exam focuses on the technical and operational aspects of human resource practices, U.S, law and regulation based.
- Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification is designed for the HR professional who designs and plans, rather than implements, HR policy, also focuses on the “big picture”, has ultimate accountability in the HR department, typically has six to eight years of progressive and increasingly complicated HR experience, has breadth and depth of knowledge in all HR disciplines, uses judgment gained with time and knowledge application, and understands the business beyond the HR function and influences the overall organization
- Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) The Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) certification is designed for the HR professional who has HR responsibilities that cross national borders, understands the strategies of globalization versus localization of HR policies and programs, establishes HR policies and initiatives that support the organization’s global growth and employer reputation, designs organizational programs, processes and tools to achieve worldwide business goals, develops, implements, and evaluates programs, processes and tools, ensures that programs, processes, and tools align with competitive practice, the organization’s objectives, and legal requirements, oversees practices that balance employer needs with employee rights and needs, and has core knowledge of the organization’s international HR activities
- California Certification (PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA®) The PHR-CA®/SPHR-CA® certifications are designed for HR professionals who currently hold PHR® and SPHR® credentials and are experts in regulations and legal mandates specific to the state of California. The exam focuses on California HR-related laws and practices and does not test knowledge already covered on the PHR or SPHR exam. HR professionals who earn a PHR-CA or SPHR-CA have proven that they have mastered the unique skills necessary to practice in the state of California.
- Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP?) The Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP?) is a globally relevant credential that is designed to validate professional-level core human resource knowledge and skills. The credential demonstrates mastery of generally accepted technical and operational HR principles. Independent of geographic region, the credential complements local HR practices. Through demonstrated knowledge, the credential enhances the credibility of HR professionals and the organizations they serve.
- Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP?) The Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP?) is a globally relevant credential that is designed to validate management-level core human resource knowledge and skills. The credential demonstrates mastery of generally accepted HR principles in strategy and policy development as well as service delivery. Independent of geographic region, the credential complements local HR practices. Through demonstrated knowledge, the credential enhances the credibility of HR professionals and the organizations they serve.
<< Note that the SHRM needs minimum experience years for each certificate >>
after listing all the information above, I should mention, there is no better here, it depends on the person to decide, for instance, when I worked for Halliburton, a lot of the senior HR staff had the PHR, but if you notice the local Saudi market, you will notice that CIPD is widely held by HR professionals, so it always depends on you.
On the foot note, I have always leaned towards CIPD for HR Professionals in Saudi Arabia, because I have noticed that SHRM has a huge following in the united states and from what I read in the books, it focuses more on United States law, where CIPD has a more ratio in global members, but that is just my opinion.