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Certification Preparation & Recertification

The New SHRM Certification – Available in 2015
The new SHRM certifications, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP℠) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP℠) are competency- and knowledge-based credentials that  will become the new global standard for HR professionals.
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 to purchase.

• Applications for first test window will be accepted beginning January 5, 2015.
• Learn more about SHRM Certification at

Already Certified:
If you have earned an existing HR generalist certification* and are in good standing or you become certified by January 31, 2015, you will be eligible for SHRM’s new certification—at no cost—by completing three simple steps between January 5 and December 31, 2015. View the process at Once you complete this process, you will earn your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and begin a three-year recertification cycle.

Maintain your credentials by earning credits through SHRM membership (3 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) per year), free member webcasts, participating in research surveys and attending SHRM's seminars or conferences.

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.
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* Eligible HR generalist certification programs include: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, CHRP, SHRP, MCIPD, FCIPD and IPMA-CP.

Please note: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP and HRMP are registered trademarks of the HR Certification Institute and are not SHRM certifications. CHRP and SHRP are trademarks of Human Resources Professionals Association and MCIPD and FCIPD are trademarks of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and are not SHRM certifications. SHRM has no rights in the “IPMA” trademark, and IPMA-CP is not a SHRM certification.

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