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 Fees

Early-Bird Exam Fee: 
SHRM member: $300 USD | Nonmember: $400 USD

Standard Exam Fee: 
SHRM member: $375 USD | Nonmember: $475 USD


NEW! Applicants now have the option to test from home through live remote proctoring. Click here to learn more.

2021 Spring Testing Window: May 1 – July 15, 2021

APPLICATIONS  
ACCEPTED
EARLY-BIRD
APPLICATION  
DEADLINE
STANDARD
APPLICATION 
DEADLINE
January 4, 2021
April 2, 2021
 May 18, 2021
CLOSED

2021-2022 Winter Testing Window | December 1, 2021 - February 15, 2022

APPLICATIONS  
ACCEPTED
EARLY-BIRD
APPLICATION  
DEADLINE
STANDARD
APPLICATION 
DEADLINE
June 1, 2021
October 15, 2021
November 9, 2021

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