Student Eligibility

Students enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s HR degree program at a college or university participating in SHRM’s Academically Aligned Program are eligible to earn their SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation through SHRM’s Student Eligibility Program.


  • Be in their final year of study.
  • Be in good standing.
  • Have a minimum of 500 hours of relevant HR experience at the time of application.
    Qualifying experience includes:
  • Part-time or full-time work in HR
  • HR Internships
  • HR work-study assignments
  • Directed work-related or research-related HR projects
  • Supervised independent study in HR
Find out if you are eligible for student exam pricing.


SHRM offers certification and certification preparation scholarships available through the SHRM Foundation or your local SHRM Chapter or State Council.


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