Human Resources Recertification Available

The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) has granted approval for certified HR personnel to be recertified through William Woods University’s human resources program.

“This is a strong marketing boost for the program as many HR practitioners need recertification credits to stay current,” Brian Lemons, director of business programs for WWU’s Graduate and Adult Studies, said.

Since HRCI first began its certifying effort in 1976, it has awarded its Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation to nearly 60,000 HR professionals.

For many, achieving certification becomes a personal professional goal—a way to test knowledge and to measure it against one’s peers. Others see certification as an aid to career advancement.

Certification is awarded for three years. At the end of that cycle, recertification is required either by documenting 60 recertification credit hours of HR-related professional development activities or by retaking the exam.

That’s where William Woods comes in.

The university began offering a master of business administration (MBA) degree with a human resources concentration in Jefferson City last fall and in Columbia this spring.

The program focuses on three distinct areas of human resources: Employment Law and Labor Relations; Compensation and Benefits, and Performance Management, Training and Development. Each of these courses has been approved for 24 recertification credit hours.

Certified HR personnel seeking an MBA could be recertified through this program. A three-course HR mini-track is available for those who are certified, but not seeking an MBA.

Developed for the full-time working adult, the MBA with human resources concentration is a 36-hour program intended for the professional who is involved in management decisions and practices that directly affect or influence the people who work for an organization.

“In recent years, increased attention has been devoted to how organizations manage human resources,” Lemons said.

“This increased attention comes from the realization that an organization’s employees enable an organization to achieve its goals, and the management of these human resources is critical to an organization’s success.”

According to Lemons, the new HR concentration was developed with the belief that organizational success is based not on conventional factors like large size, unique image, perfect market niche or dominant market share, but on how employees are treated.

“The career outlook for HR professionals is strong,” he said. “External events related to corporate reorganization, global competition and changes in workforce demographics represent long-term trends that have transformed the way organizations interact with employees. HR professionals are in a pivotal position in terms of these challenges.”

According to Lemons, the MBA with human resources emphasis is unique to mid-Missouri. He said the faculty are leaders in the business community, who bring years of practical professional experience to the classroom.

“That’s important in today’s marketplace—to have a high quality course taught by a practitioner. Our program was designed by practitioners for practitioners; they teach the class they crafted.”

He added that the MBA-HR “utilizes particularly strong practitioners,” including Bob Scribner, president/owner of Executive Advantage; Ron Jenks, human resource director for Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, and Bob Irish, human resources consultant for St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at More information is available on the William Woods website at