The SHRM competency-based certification answers a critical need in our global marketplace. Employers expect more today, and we need to meet their expectations. This certification will demonstrate for HR professionals who we are, what we do, and why it matters. Simply put -- it's our value proposition. How we do our jobs, the skill sets required, and the way we measure success will continue to change -- it has to if we are to successfully meet the needs of a rapidly changing marketplace. And that's why HR certifications need to reflect those changes as well. This is an exciting opportunity because SHRM Certification will provide a full representation of who we are as a profession, and what we have to offer our employers.
WHAT ARE THE NEW CERTIFICATIONS CALLED?
There are two levels to the new certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
HOW LONG WILL THE EXAM BE? HOW MANY QUESTIONS?
Candidates for the SHRM-CP exam will have up to 4 hours to answer a total of 160 questions (95 knowledge items/65 situational judgement items).
Candidates for the SHRM-SCP exam will have up to 4 hours to answer a total of 160 questions (95 knowledge items/65 situational judgement items).
HOW WILL SHRM'S NEW COMPETENCY-BASED CERTIFICATION IMPACT THE COST OF GETTING CERTIFIED?
The new certification will be a cost-effective program for both our individuals and chapters, with reasonable fees for certification and recertification.
We understand that seeking certification requires an investment. But we believe that the value of certification for an HR professional’s career cannot be overstated, which is why we’ve always encouraged HR professionals to seek certification. In fact, SHRM has invested significant funds in research and development of our new competency-based certification – an investment that is leading to the development of a more valuable certification for our profession.
EXAM FORMAT AND LENGTH
Computer-based testing (CBT)
150-200 questions (knowledge-based and situational-judgement test items)
SHRM-CP: 4 hours in length
SHRM-SCP: 4 hours in length
All certification are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development(preferred method) or retaking the exam.