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Question: I am interested in learning more about the professional certification process (i.e. SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR or GPHR). Where can I find information about this process?

You can learn more about professional certification through PHRMA's Certification page on our website. This will provide information about the certification process and who to contact locally to participate in the annual study groups (Spring and Fall). You can learn more about certification at either the SHRM Certification website or HRCI website. 


Question: What is the process for running an ad in the newsletter?

Answer: You can view this and all other advertising questions at our advertising homepage.


Question: What is the difference between PHRMA, NHRMA, and SHRM?

Answer: Portland Human Resource Management Association ("PHRMA") is the local professional human resource chapter and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management ("SHRM"). SHRM is the national professional association. Northwest Human Resource Management Association ("NHRMA") is also affiliated with SHRM.  NHRMA provides professional development opportunities and recognizes outstanding achievement for HR professionals and SHRM members in the states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington. For more information on these organizations, select the Organization Info link on the PHRMA home page, and you can then link to NHRMA and SHRM's respective sites to learn more about their history.


Question: What is the SHRM Foundation?

Answer: The SHRM Foundation: is a 501( c)(3) charitable, not-for-profit organization that operates as the research and development arm of the HR profession; advances the profession and enhances the knowledge and competency of HR professionals through its funding of research, publications and educational programs; is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the HR profession. It includes academics, practitioners and representatives from the Society for Human Resource Management; is supported by tax deductible contributions from individuals, companies and organizations. The Foundation recognizes all contributors in its Annual Report and in a special insert in HR News, and in other materials; funds major research projects that have a direct and practical impact in advancing the profession. It no longer funds doctoral dissertations; funds practical publications on specific issues (such as Issues on Employee Leave). And supports scholarships, SHRM chapter educational matching grants and other educational initiatives.


Question: If I am a member of SHRM, what are the benefits to joining PHRMA?

Answer: While SHRM has many member benefits (too numerous to list here), there are many benefits that only a local chapter affiliation can provide. For example, the monthly luncheons, job bank, networking with local practitioners, monthly newsletter, professional development programs, etc. For more details on these local member benefits, please be sure to visit PHRMA's membership page (accessible from the home page).


Question: I am not a member of PHRMA. Can I attend the monthly luncheon programs?

Answer: Yes, anyone can attend the PHRMA monthly luncheon programs. However, the rate is slightly higher for non-members. To register for a monthly program, you can view the News and Views Newsletter for the current month, or view the Calendar of Events to learn more about program topics. If you want to attend, please follow the directions on signing up for the luncheon.


Question: Why is SHRM membership required as a condition of PHRMA membership?

Answer: When PHRMA affiliated with SHRM, the agreement indicated that PHRMA would be a 100% Chapter of SHRM (meaning that all Chapter members are required to be members in good standing of SHRM in order to be a member of the chapter).  All of the SHRM chapters in Oregon, Washington and Alaska are 100% chapters.


Question: What opportunities will I have as a PHRMA member to be involved in chapter activities?

Answer: First, if you are interested in networking monthly meetings are open to all members held at the DoubleTree Hotel, Lloyd Center. There are currently seven active Special Interest Groups which meet at various locations. You can volunteer to be on one of the Committees such as Membership or Programs. You can volunteer to be a Chair or Co-Chair of a Special Interest Group or a Member of the Board. You can participate in the Study Group conducted each spring and fall in preparation for the HRCI Certification Examination.


Question: How do I find out about upcoming events for PHRMA, NHRMA or SHRM?

Answer: Each of these associations maintains its own website. You can learn more about PHRMA events here. For NHRMA, visit their website at; for SHRM, visit their website at


Question: When I access some links on PHRMA's website, I get a screen full of "jibberish;" what is the problem?

Answer: Chances are, you have accessed a file on the website, and you do not have the necessary software to read the file. This will occur with Adobe Acrobat files (referred to as "pdf" files, an acronym for Portable Document Format). PHRMA uses this file format for documents that are not suitable for web pages. In addition, with the reader, which is free from, you have more features than if the document were in a regular webpage, such as searching the document, etc.


Question: What is the PHRMA Job Bank?

Answer: The Job Bank is one of the many features of the PHRMA website. PHRMA, in partnership with, has provided a sophisticated recruitment tool for HR professionals; companies seeking a new HR team member or HR practioners looking for other career opportunities will find this to be an exceptional tool. The site is free to job seekers, and only costs $200 (effective 5/1/02) for companies looking to post positions.


Question: I am not able to view the PHRMA News and Views Newsletter from the website. What should I do to resolve this problem?

Answer: Chances are, you have accessed a file on the website, and you do not have the necessary software to read the file. This will occur with Adobe Acrobat files (referred to as "pdf" files, an acronym for Portable Document Format). The best place to start is to right click on the link, select "Save Target As", and save the document on your PC. If you still cannot open the document, then you probably do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can either go to Adobe's website ( ), or you should contact your internal computer support staff for further assistance.


Question: I would like to update my membership information including my employer and address. Can I do this on the website?

Answer: Simply login to your profile and update the expired information.

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