No, you don't need any kind of certification to work in the field of Human Resources. Increasingly, however, Human Resources professionals are seeking certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). There are additional certifications available through professional associations in such areas as Compensation and Benefits management.
Keep in mind, going forward, that you will be competing in the job market with people who have earned these certifications that will be valued in the job market depending upon the company’s requirements and depending upon the job.
In my experience, many companies recognize these certifications as measuring transactional and administrative-type functions. Companies looking for more strategic, financial, and organization development skills in their HR staff don't advertise these credentials as essential for applicants. In fact, many post these certifications as optional or decide not to require them at all.
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