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How to Get SHRM Certified

Looking to advance your HR career and increase your earning potential with a SHRM certification? Here's where to start.

SHRM Certification Process

  • Verify whether SHRM Certification fits within your career goals.
  • Determine your appropriate exam level, either the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  • Validate you meet the eligibility criteria to take the SHRM Certification exam.
  • Confirm your readiness: Do you have the time? Do you have the energy? Do you have the commitment? Do you have the funding and the support?

  • Determine when you want to take your exam; either May - July, or December - February. See Testing options, schedule and fee informationNote: Your desired testing date must coincide with the application window.
  • Apply for the exam during an open application window.
  • Arrange testing accommodations, if needed.
  • Schedule your exam at a test center or test remotely via remote proctoring.

  • Evaluate your exam testing requirements, whether you are taking the exam in-person or via remote proctoring.
  • Your exam will take approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete. Good luck!
  • A passing score is 200, and your results are communicated immediately.

  • Use the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation letters after your name.
  • Receive your complimentary digital certificate. Purchase a framed certificate if desired.
  • Receive a digital badge and accept it to share on social media.
  • Have your name listed in the SHRM Certification Directory.

  • Recertify your credential every three years from the date you become certified.
  • Recertify with Professional Development Credits (PDCs) or by re-taking the exam.
  • If recertifying with PDCs, earn 60 within your three-year recertification cycle.
  • Recertify by your recertification cycle end date.