SHRM Certification Exams Receive Accreditation

By SHRM Online staff Nov 15, 2016

The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) certification exams—the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)—have been accredited by the Buros Center for Testing, which said the exams meet the highest standard in testing. SHRM announced the news today.

“We not only find that you meet our standards ... for accreditation, but we also find that you are thoroughly, competently and appropriately meeting the mission of SHRM, and therefore, the needs of the public….,” said Kurt F. Geisinger, Ph.D., director of the Buros Center.

SHRM submitted a 1,900-page accreditation application that outlined the certifications’ testing methodology and exam practices. The review by the Buros Center was a six-month process.

The premier test review center, located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is an independent nonprofit organization that has reviewed or accredited other well-known tests including major state educational achievement exams; admissions tests for medical school, law school and graduate school; and licensure exams for physical therapists, clinicians and technicians. It specializes in auditing major educational and licensure testing programs for fairness in testing and overall psychometric quality of tests based on standards for testing developed by the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education, the leading authorities in high-stakes testing.

The Buros Center also works to improve testing, assessment and measurement practices, particularly in psychology and education.

“This is yet another major milestone for SHRM certification,” said Wayne Cascio, Ph.D., who chairs the SHRM Certification Commission, in a news release. He also serves as distinguished university professor and the Robert H. Reynolds chair in global leadership at the University of Colorado Denver School of Business.

“Applying for accreditation illustrates SHRM’s commitment to HR certification, and obtaining accreditation means that HR professionals and their employers can be assured that these credentials meet the stringent requirements that they expect of a world-class professional certification,” he added.

SHRM launched the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP program in January 2015 after years of research into defining the competencies and knowledge relevant to today’s global HR professional. More than 96,500 HR professionals in 105 countries hold SHRM credentials.

SHRM’s work on competencies continues, and an update of the framework for the certification exams—the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge—is being released in December.

“HR professionals around the world have embraced SHRM Certification,” said Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, SHRM’s president and CEO, in a news release. “They know—and the Buros Center has confirmed through its accreditation—that SHRM credentials meet the highest quality and standards of an industry-leading certification. This is groundbreaking for human resource certifications.”

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