Certification Q&A: Qualifying Degrees, SHRM Learning System

Answers to frequently asked questions about SHRM certification and recertification

By the SHRM Certification Team October 15, 2020
Certification Q&A: Qualifying Degrees, SHRM Learning System

Have questions about the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credentials? In every issue, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of your most frequently asked questions. Have additional questions? Send them to SHRMCertNews@shrm.org.


Q: I have a college degree in a field related to HR. Does it count toward my eligibility for SHRM certification?

A: Examples of qualifying HR or HR-related degrees include a bachelor's or master's in HR, strategic HR, HR development, employee relations, employee engagement, industrial/organizational psychology, industrial/labor relations, employee/organizational development, organizational leadership, employment law and human capital management.

If your degree falls into one of these areas, that should work toward your eligibility. When in doubt, contact shrmcertification@shrm.org for additional assistance.


Q: What is the SHRM Learning System? Is it right for my circumstances and preferences?

A: The SHRM Learning System is a comprehensive study tool based on the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK), designed to help candidates for SHRM certification prepare to take the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.

Preparation for the SHRM certification exam is not required, but with the vast amount of information covered in the exam, some level of preparation is recommended and strongly encouraged. The SHRM Learning System is an excellent tool for this purpose.

This online resource includes many downloadable and printable components. For those who prefer a book version to page through, mark up and highlight, hard-copy texts are also available for separate purchase.

Users of the Learning System may choose from among several study options according to their goals, schedules and learning styles:

  • Self-Study.
  • SHRM educational programs (face-to-face and virtual formats).
  • SHRM Education Partner programs (offered at more than 275 colleges and universities worldwide).
  • Onsite corporate training (group self-study or instructor-led). 

Want to learn more about how to obtain or maintain your SHRM certification? Visit shrmcertification.org.


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