Register for SHRM Certification Testing by April 17


By SHRM Online staff April 6, 2015

Time is running out to register for the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification exams.

The spring testing window is May 1-July 15, 2015. Candidates may register for the test as late as April 17; SHRM has waived the late fee.

The two tests—one geared to executive-level HR competencies and one applicable to entry-, mid- and senior-level HR competencies—focus on behaviors and leadership and are scenario-based in their questions.

Candidates for the SHRM-CP exam will have up to four hours to answer 160 questions—90 knowledge questions, 40 situational judgment questions and 30 “field test” items. Candidates for the SHRM-SCP exam will have up to four hours to answer 180 questions—90 knowledge questions, 60 situational judgment questions and 30 “field test” items. Both exams contain knowledge- and competency-based questions.

The tests are based on the SHRM Competency Model, which consists of nine primary domains defined with behavioral proficiency standards across four professional levels.

SHRM developed the competency model in 2011, and it was validated by five research universities and more than 30,000 HR professionals worldwide.

In September 2014, SHRM released its Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK). It reflects modern and current HR concerns such as technology impact, business acumen, leadership and employee engagement, said Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, SHRM president and CEO, during his State of the Society address in November 2014.

An individual does not have to relinquish current certifications in order to obtain a SHRM certification. Those holding HR certification from other organizations may obtain the new certification free of charge until Dec. 31, 2015, by completing the Online Tutorial Pathway. Doing so requires showing documentation that the certification is current, signing the SHRM code of ethics, and completing an online educational module and online test of HR competencies. Nearly 500 SHRM volunteer leaders achieved their new certification through the ​Online Tutorial Pathway in 2014.

SHRM addresses certification questions on its website. Additionally, the SHRM Certification Recertification Requirements Handbook​ explains the requirements and qualifying activities for recertification.


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