For 75 years, SHRM has served the human resources profession. HR professionals worldwide look to SHRM for comprehensive resources to enhance their effectiveness on the job, to develop their careers, and to partner strategically with business leaders and stakeholders.

To meet business needs, SHRM has established two behavioral competency-based certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) for early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) for senior-level practitioners. SHRM regards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new global standard in certification for the HR profession.

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.

Am I Eligible?

The SHRM-CP certification is intended for individuals that perform general HR/HR-related duties; or for currently enrolled students and individuals pursuing a career in Human Resource Management.

Candidates for the SHRM-CP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles or a degree from an Academically Aligned program is recommended.

The SHRM-CP exam is designed to assess the competency level of HR at the operational level. This level includes implementing policies, supporting day-to-day HR functions, or serving as an HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders.

The SHRM-SCP certification is for individuals that have a work history of at least 3 years performing strategic level HR/HR-related duties; or for SHRM-CP credential holders who have held the credential for at least 3 years and are working in, or are in the process of transitioning to, a strategic level role.

Candidates for the SHRM-SCP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree to apply.

The SHRM-SCP exam is designed to assess the competency level of those who engage in HR work at the strategic level. Work at this level includes duties such as developing HR policies and/or procedures, overseeing the execution of integrated HR operations, directing an entire HR enterprise, or leading the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals.


What is Covered

Behavioral Competencies

Leadership Cluster:

  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Interpersonal Cluster:

  • Relationship Management
  • Communication
  • Global Mindset

Business Cluster:

  • Business Acumen
  • Consultation
  • Analytical Aptitude

HR Expertise

People Knowledge Domain:

  • Functional Area #1: HR Strategy
  • Functional Area #2: Talent Acquisition
  • Functional Area #3: Employee Engagement & Retention
  • Functional Area #4: Learning & Development
  • Functional Area #5: Total Rewards

Organization Knowledge Domain:

  • Functional Area #6: Structure of the HR Function
  • Functional Area #7: Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Functional Area #8: Workforce Management
  • Functional Area #9: Employee & Labor Relations
  • Functional Area #10: Technology Management

Workplace Knowledge Domain:

  • Functional Area #11: Managing a Global Workforce
  • Functional Area #12: Risk Management
  • Functional Area #13: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Functional Area #14: U.S. Employment Law & Regulations


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