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WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals Reports Jump in Number of Recertifications

A desire to keep credentials fresh in the current economic environment is a likely contributing factor to the recertification increase. We have also seen growth in the GRP program in recent years, which has increased the pool of credential-holders who need to recertify.

WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals, an affiliate of WorldatWork, the global human resources association, saw a dramatic increase in the number of individuals recertifying (or renewing) their Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) and Work-life Certified Professional (WLCP) designations in 2008. The number of recertifications jumped 36 percent, from 1,050 in 2007 to 1,427 in 2008, representing a four-year high. In addition, there were 1,243 new certifications in 2008 for a total of 18,430 since the first certification was granted in 1977.

"Certifications provide individuals a competitive edge in the job market by enhancing their credibility and marketability. Up-to-date certifications can offer employees an additional measure of job security by demonstrating their commitment to ongoing professional development," said Pete Wood, CCP, CBP, M.Ed., WorldatWork Certification Program Manager. "A desire to keep credentials fresh in the current economic environment is a likely contributing factor to the recertification increase. We have also seen growth in the GRP program in recent years, which has increased the pool of credential-holders who need to recertify."

The WorldatWork Society recertification program has undergone a number of improvements in recent years to encourage recertification, such as automated e-mail reminders, a user-friendly online recertification application, automated posting of recertification credit for WorldatWork activities and other continuing education efforts.

Recertification is required every three years to retain WorldatWork Society membership. Individuals who hold WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals designations represent an elite group that has completed the rigorous exam requirements for each designation. Most individuals who pursue Society designations are WorldatWork members, employed in 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 98% of the Fortune 500. The majority of WorldatWork members are mid-level managers or above and manage, design and administer compensation, benefits and total rewards programs in organizations with more than 1,000 employees.

About WorldatWork®
The Total Rewards Association
WorldatWork is a global human resources association focused on compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides a network of more than 30,000 members and professionals in 75 countries with training, certification, research, conferences and community. It has offices in Washington, D.C. and Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Phone: 202-315-5517 or 480-304-6885
E-mail: marcia.rhodes (at) worldatwork (dot) org

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