Military Eligibility

SHRM and SHRM Certification -- Your Career Partner

Through your time in uniform, you've already demonstrated you're a leader and have likely performed many HR-related tasks, even if you were not serving in a traditional HR duty position. So, whether you're looking to enhance your current mission or transition into the human resources profession, SHRM and its competency-based credential can serve as the foundation of your career development.

Getting and Staying Ahead

A SHRM credential will demonstrate to your colleagues and superiors that you're disciplined, hard-working, and committed to excellence—all while connecting you to the award-winning resources of the most respected voice in our workplace today: SHRM.

Whether you're an active service member, a military spouse, or a veteran, earning the accredited and globally respected SHRM certification will set you apart and get you ahead.

Check-out how SHRM's certification will set you apart in your career.

By the Numbers

Increase Your Earning Potential HR professionals who pass the SHRM certification exam report salaries upwards of 7%-9% higher than peers who do not.

Get Promoted Of SHRM-certified professionals who were promoted, 63% report that their credential was a key factor.

Gain Readiness Certified professionals report a greater understanding of necessary skills.


Depending on your educational background, military career field, and time-in-service, you may be eligible for the SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional) or SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional) credential. 

Two things to consider in determining your eligibility:

  • Service members who have served or are serving in the human resources, personnel management, or recruiting and career counseling career fields can count their time in these areas as HR-related experience. 
  • Those who have served or are serving in a leadership role performing HR-related duties in any of the 14 functional areas outlined in the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (the SHRM BASK™) may also count this experience toward eligibility.

Click on the link to find out more about SHRM Certification Eligibility Criteria

Click on the link to find out about the HR functional areas and learn more about the SHRM BASK.

Interested in learning more about how SHRM Certification could be a fit for you?

 Check Your Eligibility 

Exam Fee: 

$270 for active duty, veterans and military spouses. 

NOTE: Rate is not valid on previous orders and cannot be combined with other promotions.  

Funding Opportunities

Through multiple service-specific credentialing initiatives and tuition assistance (TA), SHRM's accredited credential is eligible for funding to cover and offset the costs of certification preparation, examination and recertification fees. Please visit the service-specific Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) sites below to determine your eligibility and what resources are available for you:

For active-duty, veterans and military spouses, learn how you can use your Post-9/11 GI Bill to pay for your SHRM certification.

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