Certification Process At-a-Glance

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  • Verify whether SHRM certification fits within your career goals.
  • Determine your appropriate exam level
  • Validate your eligibility to take the exam.
  • Confirm your readiness: Do you have the time?  Do you have the energy?  Do you have the commitment?  Do you have the funding and the support?
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  • Determine when you want to test: May – Jul. or Dec.– Feb.
  • Apply during an open application window.
  • Arrange testing accommodations, if needed.
  • Schedule your exam at a test center or test remotely via remote proctoring.
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  • Start with the SHRM BoCK.
  • Add SHRM Learning System prepartation options: self-study, instructor-led or prepare as a team.
  • Join a SHRM local chapter study group.
  • Take learning to the next level with additional resources: SHRM Preparation Webinars, Ace Your SHRM Certification Book/E-Book.
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  • Computer-based.
  • 160 questions, 4 hours in length.
  • Covers the 8 behavioral competencies and 15 functional areas of the SHRM BoCK.
  • Passing score is 200, Results are communicated immediately. 
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  • Use the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation letters after your name.
  • Receive your complimentary digital certificate. Purchase an optional framed certificate if desired.
  • Receive a digital badge and accept it to share on social media.
  • Have your name listed in the SHRM Certification Directory.
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  • Recertify every 3 years from the date you become certified.
  • Recertify with Professional Development Credits (PDCs) or by re-taking the exam.
  • If recertifying with PDCs earn 60 within your 3-year recertification cycle.
  • Recertify by your recertification cycle end date.