EDUCATION & BEST DEGREES
How Do I Become a VP of Human Resources?
In order to become a vice president of human resources, you’ll need a competitive degree and substantial work experience that demonstrates progression and commitment in the field of HR.
Most applicants in an HRVP pool have completed a bachelor’s of science in business administration with a specialization in human resources. A B.S. or B.A. in HRM teaches the fundamentals of organizational structure and the HR department that you would oversee as a VP. Intimate knowledge of HR’s diverse functions is required.
Pursuing a B.S./B.A. in HRM also allows HRVP hopefuls to have exposure to hands-on learning experiences, projects, and to network for industry connections.
Alongside HR work and volunteer experience, you do need a degree to qualify for VP of human resources roles. Those looking to be competitive in their applications would benefit from an advanced degree like an MBA or M.S. in management and leadership. A B.S./B.A. in HRM is the best place to start, giving you the foundational knowledge you need to begin a career in HR or to continue your career path at your current organization.
There is no required certification for a vice president of human resources, but as with most VP and executive positions, advanced training and continued education in your field will set you apart when seeking a high-level and highly competitive role.
Certifications like the SHRM Certified Professional and SHRM Senior Certified Professional are commonly looked for when recruiting a VP of human resources.