The best certification for an individual will depend on their level of experience, area of specialization, and career goals. For example, someone just starting out in the HR field may benefit from the SHRM-CP or PHR certifications, while someone with more experience and a focus on compensation and benefits may benefit from the CCP/CBP or CIPD certifications. It is also important to consider the recognition and credibility of the certifying organization within the industry.

There are several recognized certified Human Resource (HR) qualifications available, based on my experience, these are the recognized and rewarding HR qualifications:

  1. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – The SHRM offers two certifications: the SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) and the SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional). These certifications are designed for HR professionals with varying levels of experience and cover topics such as strategic management, workforce planning, and employee relations.
  2. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – The CIPD offers a range of certifications including the Level 5 and 7 in Human Resource Management, this certifications is widely recognized and respected in the UAE and globally, and covers the strategic and operational aspects of Human Resource management.
  3. Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) – The HRCI offers several certifications, including the Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). These certifications are designed for HR professionals with varying levels of experience and cover topics such as HR management, employment law, and employee development.
  4. WorldatWork – WorldatWork offers the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and the Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) certifications. These certifications are designed for HR professionals who specialize in compensation and benefits and cover topics such as compensation strategy, job evaluation, and benefits administration. The CCP and CBP certifications are in demand in the UAE, as compensation and benefits are a critical part of the HR function in the UAE.
  5. International Public Management Association for Human Resources(IPMA-HR) – The IPMA-HR offers the Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) certification. This certification is designed for HR professionals with experience in public sector HR and covers topics such as labor relations, recruitment and selection, and employee development.


In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the most in-demand HR certifications are likely to be those that are globally recognized and have a strong focus on the specific needs of the UAE market.

Thank you for reading and, I wish you all the best for your career in HR.