Certification Overview




HR has always been the internal driver in ensuring an organization’s competitive edge by securing the right talent and developing the right initiatives to retain that talent.

HR is now a critical asset to the risk and reputation management of organizations. The profession is no longer just about what you know—but how you do your job.

Employers expect more, and we need to meet their expectations. HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organizations.

The new SHRM credentials,  SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP,  address these new roles.

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.


In this ever-changing business world, the knowledge that HR professionals need is constantly evolving. HR professionals are now leading organizations, requiring new knowledge. SHRM has responded by adding relevant HR content to help today’s professionals and organizations.


Regardless of your job title, geographic location, industry, or organization size, if you perform HR duties, you now have the opportunity to become certified. To make certification accessible to all HR professionals, SHRM has created eligibility requirements that minimize participation barriers, reflect current HR roles and offer expanded options for HR practitioners in non-traditional work arrangements.


SHRM believes that HR certification must be as inclusive and diverse as the profession itself. 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 global recognition of the new certifications, SHRM anticipates obtaining accreditation of our program from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and/or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

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