Application Process

To apply for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam, please follow the eight-step process below:

 1 Visit
 2 After completing the application process above, create a user account. Enter your name as it appears on your unexpired original government-issued ID. (Name on ID must be represented in Latin characters). 
​If you are a SHRM member, use the same single sign-on (SSO) e-mail address you use with your SHRM membership.
 4 During an open registration window, select SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam.

Complete the application form with your eligibility, job and demographic information.
If you require testing accommodations, complete and submit the Testing and Certification Accommodations Request Form at the time of application submission.

 6 Sign the affirmation statement agreeing to abide by:
  SHRM Code of Ethics
  SHRM Privacy Policy
  Policies and procedures outlined in the SHRM Certification Handbook
 7 Submit payment for your exam.
 8Upon verification and/or successfully completing an audit, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter via e-mail within 10 business days.
 9 After receiving your ATT letter, schedule your exam with SHRM’s test delivery vendor at or call 888.736.0134.


SHRM will randomly audit a percentage of applications during each testing window. Candidates will be responsible for providing the requested supporting documentation to verify their years of HR experience and degree obtained (if applicable). SHRM’s practice is not to contact employers or educational institutions to obtain verification documentation on the candidate’s behalf. Failure to comply with the audit, and/or falsification or misrepresentation of requested information, will result in denial of the application and/or revocation of the authorization to test. Candidates subject to audit will be notified by e-mail and will have 10 business days to respond. Once selected for audit, candidates will be required to satisfy the audit requirements before being able to continue with the certification process. Failure to comply with the audit will result in forfeiting all fees. Additionally, a candidate who does not comply with the audit will be subject to audit if reapplying for a future testing window.

For questions or technical support, please contact or 800.283.7476, option #3 or +1.703.548.3440, option #3.