SHRM Specialty Credentials

SHRM Specialty Credentials

Build specialized knowledge and expand your influence by earning a SHRM Specialty Credential. These credentials allow HR professionals to demonstrate targeted competence in several key areas while enhancing credibility among peers and employers. Earning a SHRM Specialty Credential is an investment in your continued career development and can be accomplished by engaging in content-specific, competency-based education and achieving a successful score on an online assessment. Specialty Credentials are an approved professional development activity for recertification credits towards your SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® certification.

What is SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification

The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) are the most comprehensive competency-based certifications for HR professionals. Based upon a core set of competency and knowledge, the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP provide certificants with a roadmap for achieving vital personal outcomes leading to successes such as leadership opportunities and career growth, as well as organizational successes that could include increased staff engagement, improvement of overall effectiveness and operational e­fficiency.

Are you interested in demonstrating your knowledge and proficiency across all competencies of the HR profession? Establish yourself as a globally-recognized HR expert by earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification. Prove your value to colleagues and employers with the credentials built on the SHRM BoCK, which is the global standard for competencies, knowledge, and strategic focus required for effective HR management. Get started on earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP today!


What is a SHRM Specialty Credential?

A SHRM Specialty Credential is a recognition of competency-based professional development accomplished in a focused field of practice. Those completing a SHRM Specialty Credential have demonstrated specialized knowledge in a complex and continually-evolving topic area (e.g.,California Employment Law or Talent Acquisition).  Once earned, practitioners will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with a digital badge verifying their specialty.  In addition, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential-holders who complete a SHRM Specialty Credential will have the designated set of professional development credits (PDCs) allotted to the specialty credential automatically uploaded to their SHRM Certification Portal. A SHRM Specialty Credential will remain valid for three years from the date of completion.  A SHRM Specialty Credential cannot be recertified and can only be re-issued following completion of the updated specialty credential learning program.

What is the difference between SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification and a SHRM Specialty Credential?

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certifications are the pinnacle achievement and global standard in certification for the HR profession. The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK) is the foundation for these certifications. The SHRM BoCK—the product of rigorous research involving thousands of HR professionals organizes eight behavioral competencies into three clusters: Leadership (Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice), Interpersonal (Relationship Management, Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness), and Business (Business Acumen, Consultation, Critical Evaluation). Additionally, there are 15 HR knowledge areas that are critical to the success of any HR professional.  

By incorporating key HR competencies and knowledge into the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, SHRM's certifications demonstrate to the global business community that the credential-holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice—competency and knowledge—that are required for effective job performance. Your SHRM certification can be recertified every three years through 60 hours of qualified professional development activities.

A SHRM Specialty Credential educates individuals on specific learning objectives.  This is done by participating in a series of learning events and passing an assessment to demonstrate comprehension of program learning objectives.  You cannot recertify a specialty credential.  After three years, you must complete the learning events and pass the assessment to earn a new credential.

SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential

Gain recognition for your California HR expertise. If you practice HR or conduct business in California, you need complete competence in the complex legislation that applies. You can now earn a SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential to demonstrate your California HR expertise.

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How to earn the SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential

1.  Purchase the SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential package, which includes:

  • Enrollment in the California HR: Applying CA Law to Employment Practices Seminar--available in-person and virtually!

  • Four comprehensive SHRM eLearning courses on California-specific topics:

    • California Wage and Hour Laws

    • California Leaves of Absence

    • California Privacy, Security, Health and Safety

    • California Benefits

  • Pass a 51-question online California knowledge assessment.

2. After passing the assessment, add your Micro-Credential to your resume, e-mail signatures and social media profiles, proving your California expertise to your employer and your network.

3. You do not need to be SHRM-certified to earn the SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential; however, you will receive 25 PDCs toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification upon completion of the Micro-Credential package.

Why earn your SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential?

"California employment laws are among some of the most complex in the world. A strategic career investment in the SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential program provides the California professional expertise that distinguishes them from others in the field, and adds exceptional value to California business"

--Michael Letizia, SHRM-SCP, president of Letizia HR Solutions, Inc.

"This Micro-Credential tells people that I have a deeper understanding of California law, I can do the research, gain the knowledge and apply it. It's pertinent to the stability, effectiveness and future of HR"

-- Trisha Zulic, SHRM-SCP, senior director of business operations at WSA Distributing, Inc.

Earn recertification credits

The SHRM California Employment Law Micro-Credential program is eligible for 25 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs), which will auto populate in your SHRM Certification Portal.


SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential

Sourcing, engaging and retaining the best talent are top priorities for organizations. Earning the SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential recognizes the key role that talent acquisition professionals play in today’s challenging business environment by demonstrating your proficiency as a strategic talent acquisition partner.  

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How to earn the SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential

1.  Purchase the SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential package, which includes:

  • Enrollment in the Talent Acquisition: Creating Your Organization's Strategy Seminar--available in-person and virtually!

  • Six comprehensive SHRM eLearning courses on talent acquisition:

    • Analytics

    • Getting the Candidate to Say Yes

    • Global Hiring

    • Onboarding

    • Technology and Social Media

    • Trends

  • Pass a 50-question online talent acquisition knowledge assessment.

2. After passing the assessment, add your Specialty Credential to your resume, e-mail signatures and social media profiles, proving your talent acquisition expertise to your employer and your network.

3. You do not have to be SHRM-certified to earn the SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential; however, you will receive 25 PDCs toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification upon completion of the Specialty Credential package.

Why earn your SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential?

“The talent acquisition field has evolved so significantly in recent years that even experienced recruiters are having to rethink their approach to attracting talent,” says Tony Lee, SHRM’s VP of editorial. “Our new Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential allows professionals who are working in all aspects of recruiting the ability to update their skills and prove to the marketplace that they have the cutting-edge ability needed to succeed in this heady environment.”

"CEOs want to know that their talent acquisition teams are up to the task. The SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential allows professionals to show their organizations that they have the knowledge and skills to hire the best. It also demonstrates to candidates that the recruiter they're working with is committed to developing an excellent candidate experience."

-- Sharlyn Lauby, SHRM-SCP, president of ITM Group, Inc.

"SHRM's Talent Acquisition Specialty Credential addresses the specialized, rapidly changing universe of the talent acquisition professional. Even more importantly, it develops participant skills to ensure that successful talent acquisition efforts lead to a sustainable, high-performing workforce."

--  Nick Schacht, SHRM-SCP, chief global development officer at SHRM


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