Certification & Preparation

SHRM Certification
The new SHRM credentials, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP℠) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP℠), test competencies as well as HR knowledge, and their application, to ensure a professional's ability to demonstrate what they know and how they can use their knowledge in the variety of situations they encounter.
Seeking Certification for the First Time:
Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to prove their competencies, skills and HR knowledge—and earn recognition from the global HR community. The 2015 SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP is now available to help as you prepare for your exam: visit shrmcertification.org/learning to purchase.

  • Applications for the Winter test window will be accepted through October 16, 2015.
  • Learn more and apply at shrmcertification.org

  • Already Certified:
    If you are a current holder of an HR generalist certification* in good standing and you obtained your certification by January 31, 2015, you eligible for SHRM's new certification—at no cost—by completing the Online Tutorial Pathway by December 31, 2015. View the process at shrmcertification.org/pathway. Once you complete this process, you will obtain your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and begin a three-year recertification cycle.

    Maintain your credentials by earning Professional Development Credits (PDCs) through SHRM membership (3 PDCs per year), free member webcasts, participating in research surveys and attending SHRM's seminars or conferences. To learn more, visit shrmcertification.org/recertify.

    SHRM® Assurance of Learning Assessment
    SHRM's Assurance of Learning is the universal benchmark for graduate and undergraduate-level HR students. When students pass the exam, they receive a Certificate of Learning informing hiring managers that they have sufficient knowledge to enter the workforce.

  • Apply for Exam
  • Order the Preparation Guidebook

  • * Eligible HR generalist certification programs include: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, and IPMA-CP.

    Please note: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP and HRMP are registered trademarks of the HR Certification Institute and are not SHRM certifications. SHRM has no rights to the "IPMA" trademark, and IPMA-CP is not a SHRM certification. Other HR generalist credentials may also qualify based on SHRM's review. Please e-mail shrmcertification@shrm.org for more information.

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