The Career Development Committee

Purpose, Goals and Objectives

To provide rewarding scholastic and social experiences that promote the Human Resources profession. We manage the scholarship program, the mentorship program, college outreach efforts, and the chapter's certification study program in order to encourage members to become certified and recertified.

To promote awareness of and involvement in the Austin Human Resource Management Association while encouraging our members to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities in the human resource profession.

To learn more about the value AHRMA provides our members, please view AHRMA's Member Engagement Circle.

Career Development features committees for Certification and Mentoring

  • The Mentoring Committee organizes efforts between Senior Human Resource Executives and those in the Human Resource Management profession seeking coaching as they progress their skills and careers.
  • The Certification Committee plans and conducts study groups; advises members seeking test applications, study materials and resources; and coordinates recognition events for AHRMA members attaining certification.

Meet our Vice President of the AHRMA Career Development Committee!

Laurie Holsman



AHRMA provides a free Mentor / Mentee program to all current members.

The AHRMA Mentoring program was launched in March of 2015, and provides a unique opportunity for experienced HR Leaders to develop others, and less experienced HR professionals the opportunity to learn and grow in their HR journey. To date more than a hundred Austin area AHRMA members have benefited from this program with amazing results!


Benefits of the program:

  • Customizable – this program gives Mentors the opportunity to gain experience in coaching, goal setting, action plans, and more!
  • Casual – our Mentees will learn from experienced HR professionals in a comfortable environment and at their own pace.
  • This is a FREE program for all current AHRMA members!

Program Details:

The program is separated into 2 phases per year, Fall and Spring, and each phase lasts 4 months. Topics covered by Mentors/Mentee pairs will motivate, educate, navigate, and transfer experience - all for the purpose of achieving their goals!

Our program is less formal than most mentoring programs; rather than a rigid and defined program, our focus is on knowledge-sharing within a network of individuals who have a wealth of experience in the Human Resources field. This casual approach allows the Mentor and Mentee the ability to customize their own program and work towards goals they themselves have established. Each team is given the freedom to decide how often they would like to meet, where, when, and what their time will be focused on - it could be meeting over lunch or even a phone call!  Each Mentor / Mentee pair is carefully selected by the Mentor Committee to provide the best quality and outcomes.

This program is NOT - a free consultant services, a job search service, or an ongoing dependent relationship.

Program Requirements:

In order to participate in the program, you must:

  • Be a current AHRMA member and maintain membership for the duration of the Phase
  • Plan to remain actively involved in a Human Resources capacity for the entire duration of the Phase
  • Commit to at least 4 meetings/calls with your partner

Getting Started:  Mentoring Interest Form

If you are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program as either a Mentor or Mentee, please click on the application links below.  A member of the Mentoring Committee will contact you with more information. For further questions, please contact our committee leaders at mentor@austinhumanresource.org.


Mentor Application

Mentee Application

Thank you for your interest in our Mentoring Program!


Do you want to advance your education and training for a successful HR career?  Do you want to broaden your education or update your HR knowledge?  Do you want to enhance your marketability by gaining current HR knowledge?

AHRMA offers a preparation course for the SHRM Certified Professional  (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification test.

Our preparation course is designed for individuals seeking credentials and is focused on identifying and testing the knowledge and real-life experiences HR professionals need to excel in their careers today.

The course covers four key knowledge domains: People, Organization, Workplace and Strategy, as well as eight behavioral competencies: Leadership and Navigation, Ethical Practice, Business Acumen, Relationship Management, Consultation,
Critical Evaluation, Global and Cultural Effectiveness, and Communication. 

Built on one singular Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), the certifications are designed to elevate the HR profession around the world. They test the HR professional’s competency—the ability to put that knowledge to work through critical thinking and application—and demonstrate that the HR professional is a technical expert and has mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies, through practice and experience, to drive business results. For more information on the new credentials, visit www.SHRMCertification.org.

Students must purchase the SHRM Learning System as it contains multiple resources that will be instrumental in your success on the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam including pre/post tests, flashcards, Smart Study Guide, as well as learning module books (also available as downloadable e-reader files).  The SHRM Learning System can be purchased here for $695 (SHRM member price) or $870 (non-SHRM member price).  

*Class price does not include the cost of SHRM Learning System

Certification Exam Qualifications:

The following general eligibility criteria apply:

Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to one year of experience;

HR experience may be in an HR exempt or non-exempt capacity;

HR experience may be classified directly, as working in an HR role, or indirectly, by consulting, educating or researching HR practices linked specifically to human resource management.

SHRM Membership is not required.

Questions?  Please email certification@austinhumanresource.org

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