SHRM Exam Statistics

Following each administration of the SHRM certification exams, in accordance with guidance from the SHRM Certification Commission, SHRM publishes the global exam pass rates for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. These scores reflect the percentage of examinees across the world who have successfully earned their credentials by passing the relevant exams.

Exam Period

SHRM-CP Pass Rate

SHRM-SCP Pass Rate

May - July 2015



Dec. 2015 - Feb. 2016



 May - July 2016  67%


 Dec. 2016 - Feb. 2017  70% 56%  

SHRM scores exams on a provisional pass/did not pass basis decision at the testing center. Official results will be communicated approximately four weeks after the close of the testing window. Each testing window, SHRM engages in a rigorous scoring process including third-party independent validation and verification. Each examinee's performance on the certification exam will be measured against a pre-determined standard (or passing score standard). The SHRM-CP standard is the level of competency and knowledge that can be reasonably expected of early to mid-career HR professionals. The SHRM-SCP standard is the level of competency and knowledge that can be reasonably expected of senior-level HR professionals.

Online Certified Directory

For more information about credential holders, please visit the online directory where names of all professionals holding the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certifications.

Digital Badging
To ensure certificant accomplishments are easily recognizable by employers and peers, SHRM provides credential holders a secure electronically verified digital badge. Information about acquiring the digital badge will be sent via e-mail shortly after becoming certified.