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Exam Preparation

You've made the commitment to invest in your future, now give yourself the best chance to succeed by utilizing three critical resources that give you the best chance to pass your SHRM certification exam.

Start your exam preparation journey with the complementary SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge® (the SHRM BASK®). This globally-recognized competency framework defines the 14 HR functional areas (Technical Expertise) and 9 Behavioral Competencies that the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, the SHRM Learning System and study aids developed by SHRM are built upon.

The SHRM Learning System®  is the preferred resource for SHRM certification exam preparation and is available via flexible self-study and instructor-led options, as well as team-learning options for your organization. Boost your chances of success by combining the SHRM BASK and SHRM Learning System.

The final bookend to your preparation journey should leverage SHRM’s study aids and preparation add-ons to complete your journey. Whether you are interested in SHRM-retired exam practice questions to preview the operational exam content, format and structure, looking to demystify the test center or remote testing experience, or learn optimal study habits from previous testers, we encourage you explore and use SHRM’s study aids and add-ons.

The SHRM BASK is used to define the content areas of SHRM’s certification examinations and is also the common framework for exam questions and exam preparation materials.

The SHRM Learning System is the preferred resource for SHRM certification exam prep, whether you prefer to learn through self-study or under the guidance of an instructor.

Study for your exam anywhere you want and at your own pace with the SHRM Learning System or any of our other preparation options.

The instructor-led learning option is ideal for those who prefer a structured environment with a live, SHRM-certified instructor. Classroom, virtual and hybrid options are offered throughout the year.

A team delivery method enables your entire staff to be trained and prepared with the SHRM Learning System at your location, which can help promote a common HR language across your organization.

The final piece in your exam prep journey covers topics like test-taking tips, exam construction insights, time and anxiety management, and extra question sets for practice to boost your readiness.

Passing the Exam

Test-takers who prepare using both the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (SHRM BASK) and the SHRM Learning System® pass the exams at a significantly higher rate than using other study methods:

  • 36% more likely to pass the SHRM-CP exam
  • 42% more likely to pass the SHRM-SCP exam

For more information on how to get started, visit the SHRM Learning System and SHRM BASK pages.

SHRM Exam Pass Rate