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

Dec - Feb 2021
May - Aug. 2020
Dec. 2019 - Feb. 2020​
May - July 2019

​Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019


May - July 2018



Candidates will receive a provisional on-screen pass/did not pass basis decision at the testing center upon completion of the exam. Official results will be communicated approximately five to six 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.