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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.



Built upon one comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), SHRM certification is applicable across industries, geographic borders, job responsibilities and career levels



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 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.




*Less than a bachelor’s degree includes: working toward a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, some college, qualifying HR certificate program, high school diploma, or GED. Learn about student eligibility.


Exam Format and Length

  • Computer-based experience. 

  • 4 hours in length. 

  • 160 questions (95 knowledge items/65 situational judgment items).


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



*Less than a bachelor’s degree includes: working toward a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, some college, qualifying HR certificate program, high school diploma, or GED. Learn about student eligibility


Exam Format and Length

  • Computer-based experience. 

  • 4 hours in length. 

  • 160 questions (95 knowledge items/65 situational judgment items).


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 15 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 30 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.


Both exams will contain Knowledge- and Competency-based questions:

The exams are delivered by computer, and candidates for both exams have 4 hours to answer a total of 160 multiple choice questions, of which approximately 60 percent are stand-alone knowledge-based questions and approximately 40 percent are scenario-based situational judgment items.


Breakdown of Testing-Time:

  • Confidentiality Reminder – 2 minutes

  • Introduction and tutorial – 8 minutes

  • Exam Section 1 – Up to 2 hours 

  • Break (optional) – Up to 15 minutes 

  • Exam Section 2 – Up to 2 hours

  • Survey – 5 minutes


Each section shows a countdown timer on the screen, and each section is separate and time-independent. Minutes do not roll-over. For instance, if a candidate spends less time in the introduction, extra minutes are not rolled-over to the exam portion.



The distribution of items with respect to content and item type is essentially the same for both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. As shown below, approximately half of the items on each exam are allocated across the three behavioral competency clusters, and the other half are allocated across the three HR knowledge domains. The table below indicates that approximately 40 percent of the items on each exam are situational judgment items, with the remainder being stand-alone items measuring either knowledge that is foundational to the behavioral competencies (10%) or HR-specific knowledge (50%).





The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) is the basis for the SHRM credentials. The SHRM BoCK describes the behavioral competencies and HR knowledge which HR professionals need for effective job performance. The SHRM BoCK organizes eight behavioral competencies into three clusters: Leadership (Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice), Interpersonal (Relationship Management, Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness), and Business (Business Acumen, Consultation, Critical Evaluation). Additionally, the SHRM BoCK organizes 15 areas of HR knowledge which comprise the technical competency HR Expertise into three domains: People (HR Strategic Planning, Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement & Retention, Learning & Development, Total Rewards), Organization (Structure of the HR Function, Organizational Effectiveness & Development, Workforce Management, Employee & Labor Relations, Technology Management), and Workplace (HR in the Global Context, Diversity & Inclusion, Risk Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, U.S. Employment Law & Regulations*).


*Applicable only to U.S. residents testing in the United States.





You worked hard to earn it, now make sure to keep it! 

Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM -SCP credential proves your competence in the field and your dedication to the profession; maintaining it shows you are commitment to self-improvement and HR excellence. Enhance competence, maintain relevance and maximize the value of your original investment by recertifying your SHRM Certification credential today!


Two ways to recertify: 

  1. Earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within your three-year recertification cycle; OR 

  2. Re-take the certification exam within the last year of your recertification cycle.


Use the SHRM BoCK™ as your guide! 

HR professionals attain recertification by engaging in professional development activities that relate to the behavioral competencies and HR knowledge identified in the SHRM BoCK. The incorporation of competencies into the SHRM BoCK greatly expands the range of activities that will qualify for PDCs. 



  • A high-level review of course material

  • Interactive discussions and learning activities focused on the practical application of HR competencies and knowledge

  • Sample assessment questions

  • Study and test taking tips



For further information, please contact Dr. Constantine ‘Dino’ Kiritsis via email: or telephone: +30 211 411 3235

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2021 Spring Testing Window: May 1 – July 15, 2021

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

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