Applicants must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time they submit their application in
order to be eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. These requirements are outlined below:
Students who are enrolled in their final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college or university that has been approved by SHRM’s Academic Initiatives staff as being aligned to SHRM’s curriculum guidelines are eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. Students must also have accumulated at least 500 hours of an internship or practical HR experience and must be in good standing with their school. See a current listing of approved schools here.
GRADUATE (or global equivalent^): HR-related degrees may include but are not limited to the following: MA in Human Resource Management (HRM), MS in Human Resources (HR), MA or MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, MA in Management (MAM) with an HR concentration, MBA with a concentration in HRM, Organizational Leadership or Leadership Development with an HR concentration, Human Capital Development, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, Industrial Relations.
BACHELOR'S (or global equivalent^): HR-related degrees may include but are not limited to the following: BA or BS in HRM, BA or BS in Management with a concentration in HR, BA or BS in Business Administration with a concentration in HRM, Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in HR, Organizational Behavior, Industrial Relations, Organizational Development, Management and Leadership.
LESS THAN A BACHELOR'S DEGREE
^ For information on global equivalence evaluation services in support of the degree requirements shown, visit:»» National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) »» Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) »» American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO)