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The Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA) is considered a Medium Chapter of SHRM, the predominant national and international organization devoted to HR professional development. Our HR professional members practice their craft within the following nine HR competencies:

  • Communication
  • Relationship management
  • Ethical practice
  • HR expertise
  • Business acumen
  • Critical evaluation
  • Global & cultural effectiveness
  • Leadership navigation
  • Consultation

SHRM Chapter Obligations

Founded in 1956, we became SHRM Chapter Affiliate 0461 in 1986. As a SHRM Chapter, we actively fulfill our membership obligations.  We provide: 

  • a local forum for personal and professional development within the HR field.
  • an opportunity to develop leadership, managerial, public speaking, and group decision-making skills.
  • educational programs open to members and the public that offer recertification credits towards maintaining HR certification credentials.
  • an extensive, local networking arena.
  • a focus on employment legislation related to local, state, and national HR management issues. 

We support SHRM Student Chapter 5614 on the campus of UCSB Santa Barbara, known as the 'HR Club' on campus. We are also a member of the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM).

SBHRA Membership & SHRM Membership - Two Memberships

Our membership is individually-based; we do not have corporate or institutional 'share-able' memberships at this time.


Additionally, membership in SBHRA is separate and apart from membership in national SHRM. We encourage you to become a member of both organizations to reap local and national benefits.


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