SHRM-CP

SHRM CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL (SHRM-CP)

HR professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services, and perform operational HR functions, should take the SHRM-CP exam.

SHRM-CP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Less than a Bachelor's Degree* HR-Related
Program

3 years in HR role
Non-HR 
Program

4 years in HR role
Bachelor's Degree HR-Related Degree
1 year in HR role
Non-HR Degree
2 years in HR role
Graduate Degree HR-Related Degree
Currently in HR Role
Non-HR Degree
1 year in HR role

*Less than a bachelor’s degree includes: working toward a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, some college, qualifying HR certificate program, high school diploma, or GED. Learn about student eligibility

Exam Format and Length 

  • Computer-based experience. 
  • 4 hours in length. 
  • 160 questions (95 knowledge items/65 situational judgment items).

Exam Fee
SHRM Member: $300* USD
Nonmember: $400* USD 

*Includes $50 nonrefundable application fee.

2019-2020 Winter Testing Window: 
Dec. 1, 2019 – Feb. 15, 2020

APPLICATIONS  
ACCEPTED
EARLY-BIRD
APPLICATION  
DEADLINE
STANDARD
APPLICATION 
DEADLINE
May 13, 2019
Oct. 21, 2019
 Nov. 18, 2019


2020 Spring Testing Window: 
May 1 - July 15, 2020

APPLICATIONS  
ACCEPTED
EARLY-BIRD
APPLICATION  
DEADLINE
STANDARD
APPLICATION 
DEADLINE
January 6, 2020
March 20, 2020
 April 10, 2020

2020-2021 Winter Testing Window: 
Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 15, 2021

APPLICATIONS  
ACCEPTED
EARLY-BIRD
APPLICATION  
DEADLINE
STANDARD
APPLICATION 
DEADLINE
May 13, 2020
Oct. 16, 2020
 Nov. 6, 2020

Please note: The exam application deadlines close at 11:59 PM, ET.