eligibility requirements. If after reading through our eligibility section you have further questions, please
contact us. A job description(s) may be requested in order for us to determine your eligibility.
Eligibility requirements to sit for either of the SHRM exams must be met at the time you apply for the exam.
You may apply for the exams when the application period is open.
Create your certification profile or login if you already have a profile. Once you are logged in, select the option to apply for the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP exam. The system will walk you through the application process and then give you the option to pay.
eligibility requirements to ensure you do meet the requirements. If you know you are typing in valid eligibility data and you are still getting the error, please try the following:
If the error message persists, you will need to
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The SHRM exams are administered via computer-based testing by SHRM’s test delivery vendor, Prometric, at one of their testing centers. Once your application is complete, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter via e-mail. This letter will include your Eligibility ID that you will need when you contact Prometric to schedule your exam appointment. Go to
prometric.com/shrm or call 888.736.0134 to schedule your exam appointment.
In order to receive the letter, the following must be complete:
Please check your Certification Portal under "Submitted Certification Applications" section. If you do not see your letter there, please
If you are currently eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP exam, you may login to your
Certification Portal and go to the "Apply for New Certification" section and complete an application for the SHRM-SCP exam.
Yes, you may take both exams within the same testing window as long as you are eligible for and pay for both exams. In order to apply, complete your first exam application online through the
Certification Portal. To apply for the second exam, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Please be aware that should you pass the SHRM-SCP and decide not to take the SHRM-CP exam you will be bound by the cancellation/refund policy outlined in the Certification Handbook.
Exam appointments may be changed as long as you are keeping your appointment within the same exam window and do so five or more business days before your scheduled exam appointment.
All exam appointment changes must be done directly through Prometric:
A candidate may request an exam level change once during an exam window.
If an exam appointment has already been scheduled, it must first be canceled with Prometric. Once the exam appointment has been canceled, an exam level change request must be submitted at least 10 business days before the scheduled exam date. Because an exam level change cancels the originally scheduled exam appointment, a candidate is required to schedule a new exam appointment. If the exam window has already opened, the same time and location for the new exam appointment is not guaranteed.
To request an exam level change, e-mail
email@example.com, specifying which exam you wish to take. Candidates requesting to change from SHRM-CP to SHRM-SCP must provide applicable work experience to ensure the eligibility requirements for the SHRM-SCP are met. If those requirements are met, SHRM will verify the exam level change request with a new ATT letter.
Both exams will contain Knowledge- and Competency-based questions:
Breakdown of Testing-Time:
Candidate Confirmation Details: 2 minutes
Introduction and Tutorial: 8 minutes
Exam: 4 hours (240 minutes)
Survey: 5 minutes
Each section shows a countdown timer on the screen, and each section is separate and time-independent. Minutes do not roll over. For instance, if a candidate spends less time in the introduction, extra minutes are not rolled over to the exam portion.
We have enhanced the exam layout to improve navigation throughout the exam. We recommend you become familiar with the new layout prior to your exam date. A tutorial is now available to preview the navigation functions including the highlight feature, the strike out feature, the calculator and marking questions for review.
Click here to access the tutorial. On the first page of the tutorial simply click on OK to begin the tutorial.
Situational judgment items (SJIs) assess candidates’ judgment and decision-making skills, which are not easily measured using traditional knowledge-based questions. Examinees are presented with realistic work-related scenarios and asked to choose the best of several possible strategies to resolve or address the issues described in each scenario. Although more than one strategy may be effective for addressing actual work-related scenarios, examinees only receive credit for choosing the best possible answer, as determined by a panel of experienced HR professionals. All other answers, which reflect either less effective or ineffective strategies, receive no credit.
There are two categories of stand-alone knowledge-based items on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. Items in the first category, referred to as HR-specific knowledge Items (KIs), cover key concept topics associated with the 15 HR functional areas, while items in the second category, referred to as foundational knowledge items (FKIs), cover key concept topics considered foundational to the eight behavioral competencies. Examinees receive credit for selecting the correct answer to a given question; otherwise, no credit is awarded.
If you answered yes to having a felony conviction, you must complete the
Felony Conviction Form and send it to
Degree verification (if applicable) (any of the following):
Experience documentation to verify years of experience and the specific HR role(s) included on your application:
- Letter to include years of experience as well as responsibilities in HR role(s)
- Must verify 1,000 hours in a calendar year in an HR role
- Satisfies years of experience as well as HR role
- Complete the
Experience Verification Form
- Must be signed by supervisor, HR or business owner
Upload the supporting documentation to the
If you require testing accommodations, complete and submit Sections I, II, and IV of the
Testing and Certification Accommodations Request Form at the time of application submission. Upon approval, SHRM will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations related to the testing process.