Mark Montanez, of United Staffing Associates, recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Montanez possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the field.

“Certification as a human resource professional clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence and to the human resource profession,” said Mary Power, CAE, Executive Director of the HR Certification Institute. To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience.

The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession. The Institute’s purpose is to promote the establishment of professional standards and to recognize professionals who meet those standards.

Montanez joined USA in 2005 and has been providing training and support to the internal staff of the company as Corporate Training Manager.  Since earning his PHR certification, Montanez has been promoted to Human Resources/Corporate Manager and will continue to evaluate and implement company policy, new company protocols, policies, procedures, and streamline company efficiency.  “We are excited and proud to be able to recognize Mark’s achievement and talents; we value our employees and believe in promotion from within,” Jeannine Young, USA’s Human Resource Director and Chief Operations Officer said.

United Staffing Associates is a privately owned full-service staffing company.  USA is the largest employment company on the Central Coast, with additional locations in Paso Robles and Santa Maria.  Oxnard, Visalia, Porterville and Delano, California and Las Vegas, Nevada complete the collection of branch offices and the surrounding areas each serves.  USA is engaged in nearly every industry and aspect of the employment industry, including staffing, hiring, recruiting, human resources, safety training, consulting, skill testing, and more.

For more information about United Staffing Associates, please visit the company Web site at, or call 805-269-CORP.