(December 18, 2014)

Director of Human Resources one of the first to receive new credentialing

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary's Director of Human Resources, Edie Cummings, was one of the first in the nation to sit for and pass a new credentialing by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) during the Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., this November.

Edie hard at work as the Director of Human Resources

The new certification, SHRM Certified Professional or SHRM-CP, validates proficiency in nine behavioral and technical competencies: leadership, ethical practice, business acumen, relationship management, consultation, critical evaluation, global & cultural effectiveness, communication, and human resource expertise/knowledge.

"I am excited to be one of the first eligible to receive the new Society for Human Resource Certified Professional credentials," said Cummings. "The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) demonstrate the evolution of HR and the steps being taken to be relevant in order to meet the challenges facing today's HR leaders."

As an incoming State Director, Cummings had the opportunity to participate in testing before many of her peers. Cummings is the current Assistant State Director for the Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management (LASHRM). LASHRM is the governing body for all Louisiana human resource chapters and professionals.

HR professionals with existing HR generalist certifications in good standing will be eligible for the new SHRM certification on January 5, 2015, by taking an online tutorial. HR professionals seeking a certification for the first time can apply for the SHRM Certification exam beginning January 5. The first exam period is scheduled for May 1 through July 15, 2015.

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India, and United Arab Emirates.