Back in 2014, we wrote about the state of recruiting certification programs and how to decide if they made sense for you. At the time, LinkedIn had just come out with their recruiter certification program– leading the way for many more to follow suit.
Today, the offerings have increased exponentially - from programs that cover the basics to those focused in on areas such as D&I and recruitment marketing. We've done our research and cherry picked the top 5 programs to get you started on the right foot in 2020. Happy learning!
Best For Fundamentals: SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential
The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) offers some of the most extensive and well-respected HR educational programs in the world. They uphold this standard of excellence in their Talent Acquisition program - which includes an in-person or virtual seminar and 6 learning tracks, complete with a 50 question assessment that you must pass to earn your SHRM credential.
While it's no walk in the park, the SHRM TA Specialty program provides you with the necessary foundation to be a successful recruiter. If you are just getting your start in recruiting, or need a solid refresher on the trends of modern recruiting, this course is for you.
Best For Sourcing: The People Sourcing Certification
Founded by sourcing expert Irina Shamaeva, The People Sourcing Certification demonstrates your proficiency in the three key functions of sourcing: research, lead generation, and pipeline activation. Passing the 60 question exam means flaunting an internationally recognized certification on your resume and joining the ranks of the world's most elite sourcing professionals.
AIRS is a recruitment training organization that offers a number of specialized certifications zeroing in on the most pressing topics in Talent Acquisition. Among those certifications is their Hiring Heroes program that equips recruiters with the knowledge and know-how to find and attract military veterans to their organization. This certification is great for teams looking to build a veteran recruiting program from scratch - or improve upon their existing strategy.
Best For Technical Recruiting: ASA Technical Services Certified
In addition to the skill set required of every successful recruiter, technical recruiters must also possess the technical know-how to recruit for highly specialized tech roles. This is why technical recruiting certification programs can be particularly beneficial, as they not only demonstrate your recruiting proficiency but your ability to do so in an incredibly challenging field. The ASA Technical Services Certification is probably the most well-known of technical certifications and consists of 120 questions. Pass the TSC and you also gain your CSP credential too (a more generalized recruitment certification). Talk about two birds with one stone!
Best For Recruitment Marketing: Transform Recruitment Marketing Certification
The Transform Academy provides a wealth of knowledge on the world of recruitment marketing, but their recruitment marketing certification program is particularly worth checking out. Touching on everything from employer branding to lead nurture and SEO, this certification will transform you into a recruitment marketing pro in no time.
While these 5 programs offer an in-depth look at a wide range of topics in talent acquisition, we've only scratched the surface of the multitudes of programs available to you. Have you completed any recruiting certifications? We would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.