Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). This professional certification can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations and signal to employers advanced professional development. The SHRM-CP reflects what HR practitioners need to know to be professionals in their organizations and in the profession.

SHRM-CP certification is designed for HR practitioners who are engaged primarily in an operational role— implementing policies, serving as the HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders, and/or performing day-to-day HR functions. If this is your focus, the SHRM-CP is likely your best option, even if you meet the eligibility criteria for the SHRM-SCP.

HR professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services, and perform operational HR functions, should take the SHRM-CP exam.


Less than a bachelor’s degree includes: working toward a bachelor’s degree; associate’s degree; some college; qualifying HR certificate program; high school or GED.

Exam Format and Length

-Computer-based experience.

-Up to 4 hours in length.

-160 questions (90 knowledge/40 situational judgment/30 field test items).

Exam Fee

-SHRM Member: $300* USD

-Non-member: $400* USD

*Includes $50 USD non-refundable application fee

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