What is SHRM Certification?

For more than 70 years HR professionals worldwide have looked to SHRM for comprehensive resources to help them contribute more effectively in the workplace, accelerate their careers, and develop strategic perspectives on human resource management. In continued support of this effort, SHRM has established two behavioral competency-based certifications:



For HR professionals functioning at the operational level performing duties such as implementing HR policies, supporting day-to-day HR functions, or serving as an HR point of contact for staff and/or stakeholders.



For HR professionals functioning at the strategic level performing duties such as developing HR policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of integrated HR operations, or directing an entire HR enterprise.

Based on a core set of competency and knowledge principles outlined in the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge® (SHRM BoCK®), the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP certifications provide credential holders with a roadmap for achieving vital outcomes leading to personal and organizational success. Establish yourself as a globally recognized HR expert. Get started on earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP today!

Use the following resources to learn more about SHRM Certification:

Accredited by The Buros Center for Testing

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are accredited by The Buros Center for Testing, an independent nonprofit organization within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that attests that SHRM certification credentials meet the highest standards in test development and programming. To learn more about The Buros Center for Testing, visit buros.org

Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. It’s also a valuable asset to your organization and helps you and your organization remain competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

Top 5 Reasons to Become SHRM Certified


Earning a SHRM certification is an outward reflection of your commitment to the world of HR and the desire to help build better workplaces. According to SHRM research, SHRM credential holders report being more committed to the HR profession than their non-certified counterparts and indicate a greater sense of pride in their role as an HR professional.


The SHRM certification exams cover the eight behavioral competencies and 15 functional knowledge areas described in the SHRM BoCK. But SHRM certification is about more than book smarts: To qualify to take the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam, you must also have real-world HR experience. Being well-versed in many different aspects of HR provides SHRM credential-holders with the flexibility to be strong performers. Knowledge plus experience combine to prove that you are a skilled and well-rounded HR professional.


Just as a certified public accountant (CPA) is trusted to thoroughly understand and apply the principles of accounting, and a project management professional (PMP) is trusted to know how to successfully lead projects, the same trust comes with a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential. According to SHRM research, SHRM-certified professionals receive higher levels of respect from their colleagues and peers than HR staff who are not certified, and more SHRM credential-holders report that they are highly prepared for business situations.


Holding a SHRM certification demonstrates your ability to function as an effective HR practitioner at the operational or strategic level. This mark of distinction not only has the potential of elevating your competitive standing in the workplace and/or job market but can also lead to increased earning potential. According to SHRM research, SHRM credential holders report salaries higher than non-certified professionals and agree that holding a SHRM certification increases the likelihood of obtaining a promotion in the field.


SHRM-CPs and SHRM-SCPs participate in various types of professional development activities to keep their knowledge and skills current and relevant. To maintain the credential, SHRM-certified professionals must earn at least 60 professional development credits every three years—so the learning never stops.

4 Ways Your Organization Will Benefit

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The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK®) is the foundation of SHRM’s certifications. It identifies the eight key behavioral competencies and 15 functional areas that are critical to the success of HR professionals around the world. The behavioral competencies and functional areas in the SHRM BoCK drive the questions on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exams.

To ensure the SHRM BoCK reflects the behavioral and technical competencies that are most relevant in today’s world, SHRM conducts rigorous and systematic research on the profession with thousands of HR professionals every few years. The results of this research are demonstrated in the SHRM BoCK.

The BoCK also serves as the blueprint for the SHRM Learning System, curriculum guidebook for HR degree programs and, ultimately, the taxonomy for all of SHRM's work. Click on the link to learn more about the SHRM BoCK.