SHRM Certification

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Congratulations! You've made the important decision to pursue a SHRM certification. First, you must decide whether to apply for the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP exam; check the eligibility criteria at Note: Effective January 1, 2022, everyone who does not perform executive-level or strategic level must take the SHRM-CP.

The SHRM-CP credential is designed for HR professionals who are engaged primarily in operational roles—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.

The SHRM-SCP certification is designed for HR professionals at a senior level who operate primarily in a strategic role—developing policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of HR operations, analyzing performance metrics, and/or contributing to the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals. The SHRM Foundation offers grants for those pursuing either Certification. Read more at