​Shrm Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)


The SHRM-CP certification is for individuals that perform general HR/HR-related duties; or for those pursuing a career in Human Resource Management.

Candidates for the SHRM-CP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles is recommended.

The SHRM-CP exam is designed to assess the competency level of those who engage in HR work at the operational level. Work at this level includes duties such as implementing HR policies, supporting day-to-day HR functions, or serving as an HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders.

Refer to the SHRM BASK for detailed information on proficiency standards for this credential (i.e., Proficiency Indicators only For All HR Professionals).

Applicants now have the option to test from home through live remote proctoring.

2022 Testing Window 1: May 1 – July 15, 2022

APPLICATIONS  
ACCEPTED
EARLY-BIRD
APPLICATION  
DEADLINE
STANDARD
APPLICATION 
DEADLINE
January 4, 2022
March 18, 2022
April 8, 2022

2021-2022 Winter Testing Window | December 1, 2021 - February 15, 2022

APPLICATIONS  
ACCEPTED
EARLY-BIRD
APPLICATION  
DEADLINE
EXTENDED
STANDARD
APPLICATION 
DEADLINE
EXTENDED
June 1, 2021
October 15, 2021
October 29, 2021
November 9, 2021
December 14, 2021

Please note: The exam application deadlines close at 11:59 PM, ET.


Exam Format and Length 
  • Computer-based testing experience. 
  • 4 hours in length (including 3 hours and 40 minutes of testing time). 
  • 134 questions (55 knowledge items/55 situational judgment items).


Early-Bird Exam Fee: 
SHRM member: $300 USD | Nonmember: $400 USD

Standard Exam Fee: 
SHRM member: $375 USD | Nonmember: $475 USD