Senior Certified Professional

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SHRM Senior Certified Professional | SHRM-SCP

What Can A SHRM-SCP Do For Your Career?

The SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification is for individuals whose work includes duties such as developing HR policies or procedures, overseeing the execution of integrated HR operations, directing an entire HR enterprise or leading the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A SHRM-SCP is for individuals with a work history of at least three years performing strategic level HR or HR-related duties; or for SHRM-CP holders who have held the credential for at least three years and are working in, or are in the process of transitioning to, a strategic-level role.
  • Your current or most recent work in HR is strategic in nature (i.e., drives culture, creates HR strategy, develops policy, etc.).
  • You lead HR operations.

Please review the eligibility critera for a complete list of requirements for earning a SHRM-SCP credential.

Exam Composition

The SHRM-SCP exam contains two types of multiple-choice questions: stand-alone knowledge-based items that assess your knowledge and understanding of factual information, and scenario-based situational judgment items that assess your judgment and decision-making skills.

Approximately half of the items on each exam are allocated across the three behavioral competency clusters, and the other half are allocated across the three HR knowledge domains. For more information, please review the SHRM BASK™.


A donut table depicting the percentage of questions relating to each topic area on the exam.
18% Organization
18% People
17% Leadership
16.5% Business
16.5% Interpersonal
14% Workplace


A donut table depicting the percentage of each question type on the exam.
50% HR-Specific Knowledge
Key concept topics associated with the
15 HR functional areas
40% Situational Judgement
Choose the best strategy to address
issues in a given work-related scenario
10% Leadership
Key foundational topics related
to the 8 behavioral competencies

There are also 24 field-test items that are used to gather data on a question's effectiveness and don't count as part of a candidate's score. Field test items are randomly mixed with scored exam items.

Exam Format & Length

  • Four hours in length (including 3 hours and 40 minutes of testing time).
  • 134 questions (80 knowledge items and 54 situational-judgment items, of which 24 are field-test items).
  • Computer-based testing experience.

You can take the exam in-person at an authorized testing center or from home through live remote proctoring.

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