SHRM Certified Professional

Confirm your HR expertise by obtaining the globally recognized certification for HR professionals functioning at the operational level.

Eligibilty Criteria

The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential is for individuals who perform general HR and HR-related duties at work; or for those pursuing a career in Human Resource Management.

A SHRM-CP is for individuals performing HR or HR-related duties or pursuing a career in Human Resources (basic working knowledge in HR is recommended).

Your current or most recent work in HR is operational in nature (i.e., implements policy, serves as HR day-to-day point person, etc.)

Your duties tend to be specialized versus general.

Exam Composition

There are also 24 field-test items that are used to gather data on a question's effectiveness and don't count as part of a candidate’s score. Field test items are randomly mixed with scored exam items.

The SHRM-CP exam contains two types of multiple-choice questions: stand-alone knowledge-based items that assess your knowledge and understanding of factual information, and scenario-based situational judgment items that assess your judgment and decision-making skills. Approximately half of the items on each exam are allocated across the three behavioral competency clusters, and the other half are allocated across the three HR knowledge domains. For more information, please review the SHRM BASK®.
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  • The SHRM-CP certification, with its operational focus, may align better with your career history. Additionally, taking the SHRM-CP exam first acquaints you with the exam structure, question format, and overall test experience, enhancing your study methods.


  • Opting for the SHRM-CP initially is particularly beneficial if you have test anxiety or have been away from academic settings for some time. It also boosts your confidence for future attempts at the SHRM-SCP exam.

SHRM CP Testimonial

Give your HR skillsets a boost with the inestimable value that a SHRM CP Certification provides.