SHRM Names New Certification and Establishes Oversight Commission

Jun 18, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced that its new competency-based certification will be named SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

The SHRM Board of Directors in May approved a plan to create a competency-based certification program for human resource professionals. The announcement by SHRM President and CEO Henry G. (Hank) Jackson notes that the new certification will be awarded in two levels — SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP.

“SHRM has always focused on making sure HR practitioners are seeking and attaining certification,” Jackson said. “We are committed to ensuring that the certification our members achieve is recognized as best-in-class and distinguishes them in the marketplace.”

Jackson also announced that a governance body, the SHRM Certification Commission, has been established. The commission will be composed of certified HR professionals, certification experts, academics specializing in HR and other members from the business community. The commission will serve as an independent technical advisory committee and have delegated authority from the SHRM Board of Directors.

The commission will manage the certification program, including development of the exams, eligibility criteria and recertification requirements.

“We are designing this certification program to meet the highest standards of the industry and are following best practice based on the International Standards Organization standards for certifying bodies,” Jackson said.

The new HR certification is the culmination of more than three years of research and is based on the SHRM HR Competency Model, which was validated by more than 30,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR professionals identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers. The skills fall under eight behavior competencies and one technical, or functional, competency, which is HR expertise (HR Knowledge).

“I am very pleased by these developments,” Jackson said, “and am confident that we are doing what is needed to ensure that SHRM continues to set the highest standards for the HR profession and remains the thought leader for the profession.”

SHRM plans to offer the first exam for the new competency-based certification in mid-2015.

Media: For more information, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and

About the Society for Human Resource Management
​Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional 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. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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