HR Certification Institute has programs for veterans — that your GI Bill will fund

Elizabeth Howe
July 03, 2019 - 9:51 am

Photo courtesy of HRCI

Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is HR Certification Institute.

HRCI has been working for 40 years to provide HR certifications for all experience levels in order to further careers in the HR industry. The nonprofit has awarded 500,000 certifications in more than 125 countries — and they have programs in place specifically to support veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. 

As many service members already directly serve in HR jobs or work in roles that require HR skills, the HR industry can be easily accessible — and it's one of the fastest growing job fields in the United States with 50,000 hires each year. HRCI offers eight different levels of certifications — regardless of experience level, there's a certification at HRCI to benefit you. 

"Seven out of the eight are accredited and recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for reimbursement through the Post-9/11 GI Bill," said Joanna Graham, chief marketing officer at HRCI. "There are really different groups of certifications we offer so there is a certification for a professional at every stage of his or her career."

As a military spouse, Graham understands the gap that can exist between the military and civilian spheres — and HRCI wants to help veterans navigate that gap. 

"There are just some gaps that can exist in the civilian-military divide, and one of the things that HRCI is recognizing is that there are parallels in HR roles and functions in the military and civilian world," Graham said. "So one of the ways we can bridge that gap is by helping folks who are actively serving to pursue a certification while they are still serving."

In order to do this, HRCI offers a program called Training With Industry where senior enlisted soldiers spend 12 to 18 months rotating with different HR roles in the civilian sphere. 

"It allows them to validate the experience that they've gained through the military — to translate those skills they've obtained through the accession of assignments and managing and leading and developing and training," said U.S. Army Master Sergeant David Caleb who holds three different certifications from HRCI. "It's a way to communicate to the civilian industry that they have the necessary knowledge, skills, ability, and behaviors to be successful in a civilian organization."

Now, on top of earning funding using Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits, active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses can also waive the application fee to HRCI — the certification program is 100 percent funded. 

To learn more, visit the HRCI Military Landing Page.

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