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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)




Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert
and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping
you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional
distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge
and skills.



The profession is no longer just about what you know—facts and figures—but rather how you effectively implement that knowledge in the workplace each and every day. SHRM certification provides you the opportunity to prove not only what you know but also how you can apply that knowledge on the job.



SHRM certifications directly link to on-the-job scenarios and realistic work situations. Seventy-three percent of examinees say the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are HR job-relevant.



The SHRM BASK – body of applied skills & knowledge is the basis for the SHRM credentials. It:

  • Represents the evolution of the SHRM Competency Model.

  • Describes the Behavioral Competencies and HR Functional Area knowledge needed for effective job performance.

  • Explains what HR professionals need to know and how they apply this expertise to perform effectively in the workplace. 

The exams and the SHRM Learning System are built upon this foundation.



More than 5,000 employers are seeking SHRM credential-holders every month. The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials are based on the current HR landscape, focusing on the competencies and knowledge HR professionals need to lead in today's business community. Boost your confidence to take that next step in your HR career or to distinguish yourself in a job search. 



Based on in-depth research focused on—and backed by—global employers and business leaders, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession. 



The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are accredited by the Buros Center for Testing, asserting that the HR credentials meet the highest standards in testing. 



SHRM certification is the only HR certification offered by the world's largest HR membership  organization. As the industry leader in HR professional development, SHRM has supported more than 100,000+ employers representing over 115 million employees worldwide. 



Our Human Resource certification preparation course is designed primarily for individuals seeking SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. This certificate is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:


·       Increase their knowledge

·       Advance their skills

·       Earn recognition from the global community





HR professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services, and perform operational HR functions, should take the SHRM-CP exam.



​ For individuals who:

  • Have general HR-related responsibilities primarily in an operational role, such as implementing policies, serving as the HR point of contact, or performing day-to-day HR functions; or

  • Have a working knowledge of HR principles and practices; or 

  • Are pursuing a career in the field.


Exam Format and Length

  • Computer-based experience. 

  • 3.45 hours in length. 

  • 134 questions


Exam Fee

SHRM Member: $300* USD

Nonmember: $400* USD 


*Includes $50 nonrefundable application fee.





HR professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR function, foster influence in the community, analyze performance metrics, and align HR strategies to organizational goals, should take the SHRM-SCP exam.


SHRM-SCP Eligibility Requirements




For individuals who:

  • Have at least 3 years of HR work-related experience primarily in a strategic role (developing policies, overseeing the execution of integrated HR operations, directing the entire HR enterprise, or leading the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals); or

  • Are a SHRM-CP, have held the credential for at least 3 years, and have acquired strategic-level work experience or are pursuing a strategic-level role.


Exam Format and Length

  • Computer-based experience. 

  • 3.45 hours in length. 

  • 134 questions


Exam Fee

SHRM Member: $300* USD

Nonmember: $400* USD 


*Includes $50 nonrefundable application fee.




The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams contain two types of multiple choice questions: stand-alone knowledge-based items that assess a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of factual information, and scenario-based situational judgment items that assess a candidate’s judgment, application and decision-making skills. 


Knowledge Items

There are two categories of stand-alone knowledge-based items on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. Items in the first category, referred to as HR-specific knowledge Items (KIs), cover key concept topics associated with the HR functional areas, while items in the second category, referred to as foundational knowledge items (FKIs), cover key concept topics considered foundational to the eight behavioral competencies. Examinees receive credit for selecting the correct answer to a given question; otherwise, no credit is awarded.


Situational Judgment Items

Situational judgment items (SJIs) assess candidates’ judgment and decision-making skills, which are not easily measured using traditional knowledge-based questions. Examinees are presented with realistic work-related scenarios and asked to choose the best of several possible strategies to resolve or address the issues described in each scenario. Although more than one strategy may be effective for addressing actual work-related scenarios, examinees only receive credit for choosing the best possible answer, as determined by a panel of experienced HR professionals. All other answers, which reflect either less effective or ineffective strategies, receive no credit. 


Field-Test Questions

Each exam contains field-test items which are not counted as part of a candidate’s score. Field testing allows us to gather data on a question’s effectiveness before it is included on future exams as a scored item. Examinees’ answers to field-test items do not count toward any part of their exam scores, and are only used for item development purposes.


The field test items on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are randomly mixed with scored exam items so that candidates will not be able to distinguish them from scored items.



Download a list of common HR-related acronyms which may appear on the exam.

EXAM Windows - 2022

  • Computer-based testing

  • Two exam windows 

    • Window 1: May 1–July 15, 2022

    • Window 2: December 1, 2022–February 15, 2023

  • Two sections on the exam; 3 hours, 45 minutes exam time; administered in two equal halves

  • 134 total questions 




  • 134 questions

    • 80 stand-alone Knowledge Items (67 Knowledge Items and 13 Foundational Knowledge Items)

54 Situational Judgment Items


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