About SHRM Certification SHRM has always focused on making sure HR practitioners are seeking and attaining certification. We are committed to ensuring that the certification our members achieve is recognized as best in class and distinguishes them in the marketplace. This certification is the culmination of over three years of research, and based on the SHRM Competency Model, which was validated by more than 35,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR professionals identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers. Studies were conducted with four major corporations and four major research universities, including Walmart, Boeing, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, Lusiada University (Lisbon, Portugal), and University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The SHRM Certification preparation program will include: the new global Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK); a comprehensive exam; and the world-class instructional materials and certification preparation tools you have come to expect from SHRM. SHRM understands the time and energy you've invested in obtaining your existent credentials and our goal is to make earning the new SHRM Certification as simple as is reasonably possible to ensure your continued success. If you are currently certified, you will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM Certification. However, we do believe the new SHRM Certification will become the new standard for HR professionals around the globe, as it is among the first HR certifications that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and competencies.