Why are the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP the Global Standards in HR Certification?

As part of SHRM’s 65-year commitment to growing and advancing the HR profession, we continuously evaluate our education and resources to ensure that we are meeting the needs of today’s HR professionals. This commitment inspired the development of the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications.

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are built upon the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK). The SHRM BoCK is based on extensive global research that included employers, academics and practicing HR professionals at all levels. It defines the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies required of HR professionals around the world.

To maintain this industry-leading level of excellence and relevancy in our ever-evolving profession, SHRM continuously monitors the HR landscape to identify opportunities to enhance and refine the SHRM BoCK and certification programs.

As a result, the SHRM BoCK is being enhanced.

Are there any changes being made to the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK)?

The SHRM BoCK is updated about every 3-5 years to be in alignment with industry standards and changes in the HR profession. The last SHRM BoCK update occurred in 2017.

How often does the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams change?

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam content is based on the SHRM BoCK, therefore as the BoCK content evolves with the global HR profession, the enhancements are reflected on the exams.

In addition to the content, SHRM has also monitors candidate experience with the exam format.

To learn more, download the current SHRM BoCK.

Do the exam study materials change every year? If so, how?

The SHRM Learning System and SHRM certification preparation options are optimized each year to incorporate current legislative changes and market feedback. Any significant content enhancements are aligned with the updates to the SHRM BoCK and the changes to the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. This typically occurs every 3-5 years.

To learn more, download and review the current SHRM BoCK.

Going forward, how frequently will the BoCK be updated?

To maintain an industry-leading level of excellence, and in compliance with industry standards, SHRM will review and update the BoCK every 3-5 years.