Why are the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP the Global Standards in HR Certification?

As part of SHRM’s 65-year commitment to growing and advancing the HR profession, we continuously evaluate our education and resources to ensure that we are meeting the needs of today’s HR professionals. This commitment inspired the development of the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications.

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are built upon the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (SHRM BASK), formerly SHRM BoCK. The SHRM BASK is based on extensive global research that included employers, academics, and practicing HR professionals at all levels. It defines the standards for knowledge, strategies, and competencies required of HR professionals around the world.

To maintain this industry-leading level of excellence and relevancy in our ever-evolving profession, SHRM continuously monitors the HR landscape to identify opportunities to enhance and refine the SHRM BASK and certification programs.

As a result, the SHRM BoCK is being enhanced.

Are there any changes being made to the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (SHRM BASK), formerly SHRM BoCK?

The SHRM BoCK is updated about every 3-5 years to be in alignment with industry standards and changes in the HR profession. The last SHRM BoCK update occurred in 2017. 

The SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™), formerly the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge® (SHRM BoCK®), represents the evolution of the SHRM Competency Model by further defining the knowledge areas in addition to the behavioral competencies.

The SHRM BASK is the product of extensive review and research that was conducted from 2019 through 2021. The 2022 SHRM BASK more clearly defines and describes the behavioral and technical knowledge required for HR professionals to meet the current and future needs of employers. The revisions provide additional clarity and guidance to facilitate HR professionals’ career development and advancement.

The BASK also serves as the blueprint for the SHRM Learning System, curriculum guidebook for HR degree programs, and ultimately, the taxonomy for all of SHRM's work. Click on the link to learn more about the SHRM BASK.

How often does the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams change?

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam content is based on the SHRM BASK, therefore as the BASK content evolves with the global HR profession, the enhancements are reflected on the exams.

In addition to the content, SHRM has also monitored candidate experience with the exam format.

To learn more, download the current SHRM BASK.

Do the exam study materials change every year? If so, how?

The SHRM Learning System and SHRM certification preparation options are optimized each year to incorporate current legislative changes and market feedback. Any significant content enhancements are aligned with the updates to the SHRM BASK and the changes to the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. This typically occurs every 3-5 years.

To learn more, download and review the current SHRM BASK.

Going forward, how frequently will the BASK be updated?

To maintain an industry-leading level of excellence, and be in compliance with industry standards, SHRM will review and update the BASK every 3-5 years.