The entire community of HR professionals is one of the most active professional industries. Every year, just in the USA, there are 100+ HR conferences built to tackle some of the hardest topics HR professionals face. Human Resources accounts for many facets of a business from attracting talent to the organization, training, retaining and firing. There are HR conferences speaking to every function of HR.
We have built a list of the top HR conferences to attend this year and beyond. This page is continually being updated with the newest HR events, conferences and learning courses for your industry.
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Many of the HR conferences listed on this page do a tremendous job at bringing in industry thought leaders. The peers in HR tend to learn best practices from one another. Other industry conferences might be vendor heavy with content, but in the HR landscape, HR conferences tend to be very focused on quality educational resources. You’ll be learning from fellow HR professionals about best practices and HR fundamentals in a changing world.
The number one reason HR professional report they invest into HR conferences is to avoid legal risk before an issue arises. Current and potential changes in the labor compliance create strong talking points at HR conferences and help you stay on top of current affairs and relevant issues.
There are two major certification credits HR conferences will help you obtain. SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP and HRCI and the main continual learning credit systems represented at HR conferences. Check with the specific conference you’re considering to attend to ensure they offer what you need. Most of the conferences listed here offer dual credit hours so you can obtain credit hours for both.
The HR industry’s best vendors will often find themselves in the exhibit hall of HR conferences. Take the time to ask questions about new technology, resources, tips and recommendations. These vendors have a strong pulse on what is happening in the HR landscape. These tools help you stay competitive and ensure you’re leveraging the best tools for your organization.
There are two primary continuing certification programs. HRCI, has been the more globally known and recognized certification. They offer a search page that will allow you to find the HR conference you attended and apply for the continuing learning credit to be applied. The other certification is run by SHRM. They have SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. Recertification is required every three years. Professionals will need to earn 60 professional development credits. HR conferences are a great way to build those certification hours.
One of the best parts about attending the hr conferences is the relationships you’ll make. Many HR professionals will attend the conferences to meet up with peers, find mentors and grow their network. As much as you’ll be attending an hr conference to learn, you should equally plan on bringing business cards to network and connect.
Each conference will host a different amount. The HR conferences listed on this page, will have around 800 up to 10,000 attendees. The national conferences can have as much as 15,000 hr professionals attend.
There are several virtual HR conferences that boast of 30,000 hr professionals attending virtually at a time.
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Each of these categories of HR conferences will specialize around the current pain points your employer may be facing. Some of the larger conferences will have breakout sessions for each of these categories, but you will gather more depth at a dedicated conference educating around a very specific niche.
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