SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time they submit their application in order to be eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. These requirements are outlined below:

SHRM-CP AND SHRM-SCP ELIGIBILITY CHART

Credential

Less than a Bachelor's Degree*

Bachelor's Degree

Graduate Degree

HR-Related Program

Non-HR Program

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree

SHRM-CP

3 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

1 year in HR 
role

2 years in HR role

Currently in HR role

1 year in HR role

SHRM-SCP

6 years in HR role

7 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

5 years in HR role

3 years in HR 
role

4 years in HR role

 *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.

The following general eligibility criteria, listed below, also apply:

  • HR-related experience relates to work in any of the 15 Functional Areas identified in the SHRM BoCK.
  • Applicants are not required to hold an HR title. The critical factor in determining eligibility is your HR-related work as opposed to your job title.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they devoted at least 1,000 hours to HR-related activities in any calendar year to qualify as having a year of HR-related experience.
  • Part-time work qualifies as long as the 1,000-hour standard is met within a calendar year.
  • Individuals who have mixed roles—for example, office managers that have both administrative and HR responsibilities—may also have qualifying experience, as long as HR-related duties total at least 1,000 hours in a calendar year. Supervising employees in and of itself is not considered qualifying HR-related experience.
  • Experience may be either exempt or nonexempt.
  • SHRM membership is not required. 

SHRM Exam Registration Dates

2017 Spring Exam Window: May 1 - July 15, 2017

Applications Accepted Starting: January 3, 2017

Regular Application Deadline: March 24, 2017

Late Application Deadline: April 14, 2017

SHRM Certification Exam Window and Fees

*PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP are registered trademarks of the HR Certification Institute and are not SHRM certifications.
** You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM certification.

For more information visit www.shrm.org/certification

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