Top Employers Institute and HR Certification Institute Announce Strategic Global Partnership

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The Netherlands-headquartered Top Employers Institute and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) today announced a strategic global partnership that will expand the global reach of both organizations in a shared mission to raise the level of excellence of the worldwide human resource management profession. HRCI offers a portfolio of certifications that validate the mastery of human resource professionals, and Top Employers Institute validates the HR best practices that employers have in place for employees to advance their development. 

HRCI, the premier credentialing organization for HR professionals in the U.S. and around the world, will work with Top Employers Institute to broaden and deepen HRCI’s outreach to HR professionals beyond the U.S. market who would benefit from HRCI’s certifications for global practitioners. For Top Employers Institute, the global leader in the certification of employers that demonstrate excellence in the area of human resources, the agreement paves the way for Top Employers Institute to expand its global employer certification program in the United States. 

Our partnership with Top Employers Institute speaks directly to the future of HR – and business environments where exceptional HR professionals as well as exceptional HR practices are recognized as key drivers of organizational performance,” said HRCI CEO Amy Schabacker Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE. “Global employers recognize the return on investment that HRCI-certified practitioners provide. At the same time, they recognize the competitive advantage of certifying their HR practices.

HRCI’s respect around the globe coupled with nearly 40 years of demonstrated rigor and high standards of excellence in certifying HR mastery, knowledge and real-world application for HR practitioners made them the natural choice for Top Employers Institute,” said David Plink, CEO, Top Employers Institute. “We see this partnership as a perfect opportunity to leverage the vision of  Top Employers Institute, where we, like HRCI, believe in placing the highest value on human capital and people within an organization which results in better performing businesses – ultimately connecting individual HR competency with organization-wide HR excellence.

About HRCI
Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) is the premier professional credentialing organization for the human resources profession. For nearly 40 years, HRCI has set the standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe. An independent nonprofit organization, HRCI is dedicated to advancing the HR profession through developing and administering best-in-class accredited certifications including the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®). All of HRCI’s credentials are recognized as the most rigorous, meaningful, and grounded professional certifications demonstrating competency, real-world practical skills and knowledge in the field. Together with HRCI-certified professionals in 100 countries around the globe, HRCI ensures, strengthens and advances the strategic value and impact of HR. Learn more at

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