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How To Get Certified

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider in resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.

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.

For a detailed explanation of each exam, please click on its name below.

SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)

SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

A description of the exams is available here.

The SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP certifications set you apart.


SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are your credentials, based on the current HR landscape. This certification is 100% focused on the competencies and knowledge all HR professionals need to lead in today’s business community.


SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) are based on one single, comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) and are relevant worldwide, giving professionals the recognition and flexibility to use their knowledge, skills and competencies anywhere their career takes them.


SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP tests HR competencies as well as knowledge, and their application, to ensure the professional’s ability to demonstrate what they know, and what they can do with their knowledge in the variety of situations they encounter.


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


SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recognize diversity in the HR profession. The eligibility requirements minimize barriers to participation and reflect current HR roles. The exam windows provide accessibility and flexibility for all eligible professionals worldwide. In addition, the new exam is affordable, making certification attainable by more professionals.


SHRM believes that HR certification must be as inclusive and diverse as the profession itself. The SHRM certification is applicable across industries, geographic borders, job responsibilities and career levels. 


By creating a consistent certification path for HR professionals around the world, SHRM will deliver a new global standard. To ensure worldwide recognition of the new certification, SHRM has begun the process to obtain accreditation of the certification program according to standards for educational and psychological testing defined by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement and Education. 

Study Group

GCHRA offers a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Accreditation Preparation Study Group.  Click here for information about the GCHRA Study Group.

Study Materials

Discounted SHRM Learning System 

Are you thinking of taking the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP examination? Have you thought the SHRM Learning System would be beneficial but it is just out of your price range?

Well, GCHRA has an answer for you!

Since the Professional Development Committee purchases the Instructor’s Edition to use in our Study Group, we can offer the Learning System to the membership at a discounted rate, however the discounted SHRM Learning System is only available to current study group participants.


The 2017 SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP provides interactive tools and updated content that reflects the SHRM BoCK™ as tested on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. Gain a generalist viewpoint, strengthen your understanding of core behavioral and technical competencies, refresh key ideas and concepts, and increase productivity in the workplace. 

If you have any questions, you can email Jennifer Payne, Professional Development Chair.

Note: GCHRA does not receive any profit or credit from the sale of the SHRM Learning System.

Join a GCHRA Study Group!

Are you planning on taking a certification exam for the first time, or looking to get re-certified?

GCHRA offers exam study groups that focus on learning, not just on material. Learn firsthand the different presentation styles, what works and what doesn't, how others study, what you need to focus your studies on.

Learn more about our study groups and sign up for an upcoming session.



Reasons to Recertify

 Required every three years
 Getting your certification was not “easy”
 Demonstrates your commitment to the HR profession and continued mastery of the HR field
 SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are becoming a preference when making hiring decisions in many organizations

Planning Your Recertification

 Assess the areas you want to grow professionally
 Refer to your score report to identify areas that you could increase your knowledge
 Review the bodies of knowledge for your certification
 When identifying opportunities refer to the test specifications to answer, “Will this add to my HR knowledge?” 

Recertification Topic Options

Sixty (60) recertification credit hours are required every three years. Professional Development Credit may be earned in the following categories:

 Advance your Education
    Continuing Education, Instructor-led (no max)
    Continuing Education, Self-paced (30 PDCs max) 

 Advance Your Organization (20 PDCs max)
    Supervisor-endorsed work projects 

 Advance Your Profession (30 PDCs max)
    Professional Membership
    Volunteer Leadership
    Speaking at conferences
    Research, writing and publishing 

 OR you may take the exam again!

Record your recertification activities immediately after completion in your online recertification file so you don’t forget them! 

Examples of Continuing Education
 SHRM or other HR conferences
 Other seminars and webcasts
 Pre-approved events
 On-line learning
 Law firm seminars
 College and university HR courses
 Books and e-books

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