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Certification Update March 2020

Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP Director of Certification

Scholarship Opportunities

5th Annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships for HR Professionals

Please check out two new scholarship opportunities

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2020 and all applicants notified prior to HR Indiana Conference (August 24 – 26, 2020).

Apply for either scholarship here.

More SHRM Certification Scholarships available through the SHRM Foundation

The SHRM Foundation will award SHRM Certification scholarships on August 2. Scholarship applications will be accepted January 15 – May 1. Scholarships received August 2 must be used between August 2, 2020 and August 2, 2021. Learn more.

If you are selected to receive a SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarship you will receive a SHRM Learning System and exam for the SHRM Certification for which you are eligible (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SC), to be claimed 12 months from the date they are issued. If you do not claim your scholarship by the deadline, you will have to reapply for a new scholarship, with no guarantee of receiving a new scholarship. Please note, the SHRM Foundation cannot reimburse certification exam fees.

Chapters are also eligible to apply for a separate SHRM Certification scholarship. The SHRM Foundation selects up to 15 state councils or chapters each window for an award to promote SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP and/or SHRM-SCP). Most of the past awardees have used the funds to launch or continue SHRM Certification preparation courses for their members. Other ideas for promoting SHRM Certification may be considered for an award, with the exception of using the funds to create a state or chapter certification scholarship. Learn more.

Certification Exam

SHRM Certification Spring Testing Window May 1, 2020 – July 15, 2020

SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) spring exam Early Bird (savings of $75) applications will be accepted beginning January 6 through March 20, then with a standard deadline price (including nonrefundable $75 standard deadline fee) for applications between March 21 and April 10 for the May 1, 2020 – July 15, 2020 testing window.  

View the entire SHRM Certification application process.

Check out the SHRM Certification exam eligibility requirements.

2020 SHRM Certification Handbook

The SHRM Certification Handbook provides an overview of both the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP certification exams, including the steps you should take to earn and maintain your credentials, as well as test policies and procedures.

Download the 2020 SHRM Certification Handbook.

SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK)

You can find the 2020 SHRM BoCK and a booklet with more detailed and expansive information related to both the behavioral and technical competencies. This is a great resource to ensure that your 2020 chapter programming aligns with one or more areas of the SHRM BoCK. You can also use it to hone in on your personal development goals. The topics and learning objectives may also inspire your chapter to create a program focused around one of these. Or as an individual, you can build your own capabilities by learning more!

Need a Chapter Programming Idea? SHRM Offers Competency-Based Education for Chapters

Check out SHRM’s Competency-Based Education for Chapters. You will see two 1.5 hour programs to address topics based on the SHRM HR Competency Model. This is free of charge for SHRM Chapters and Councils in good standing. It’s a multimedia presentation, includes easy-to-use facilitator guides and is accessible via the VLRC. More programming will continue to be added!
Note: SHRM will need a five day lead window to approve the request to use it.

SHRM Recertification

Now in Effect: Policy Changes to SHRM Recertification

SHRM formally announced via email several enhancements to the SHRM Recertification process for those with an existing SHRM Certification. A brief recap:

Earn PDCs During the Grace Period, effective August 1, 2019. SHRM Certification holders who are working toward recertification can earn PDCs for activities they participate in through their grace period (the 60-day period between their certification end date and expiration date).

Immediately begin earning PDCs for the new recertification cycle when you recertify early, effective August 1, 2019. The new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification holders who recertify early will begin the next day after they recertify. Their end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month.

Carry over a maximum of 20 credits to the next recertification cycle, effective August 1, 2019. SHRM Certification holders who recertify with more than 60 PDCs in their account will be able to carry over up to 20 credits to their new cycle.

One More Way to Earn PDCs

Remember, your annual national SHRM membership qualifies for three (3) PDCs per year. SHRM automatically loads the credits in your SHRM portal.

SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program

Looking for another way to earn PDCs? Check out the SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program. It’s FREE and open to all HR professionals who are interested in learning about best practices to attract, hire and retain veterans. Anyone holding the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential may also receive 10 PDCs toward their recertification.

Accelerate Your HR Career with SHRM’s Competency Self-Assessment

SHRM has launched new member-only career resource that can help fast-track your HR career development with easy-to-use tools that assess your HR skills and competencies and guide you toward further training and development. There are three easy steps that will get you on your way to becoming the best HR professional you can be! First, Competency Self-Assessment, then Development Activity Wizard, and finally, Competency Development Plan. Learn more about this new benefit and how to accelerate your career.

NOTE – If you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified member, you will receive one PDC per year for each calendar year you complete the Competency Self-Assessment. Use it to evaluate how best to target your professional development efforts toward the 60 PDCs required to maintain your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential over your three (3) year recertification period.

Other SHRM Certification Information

Check Out Tools and Stay in Touch with SHRM via SHRM’s VLRC

Check out  the Top 5 Ways Your Organization Will Benefit from Your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification

Subscribe to SHRM’s Certification Update e-newsletter by logging into your SHRM membership profile and subscribing. This e-newsletter shares things like books for PDCs, hiring best practices, how to sharpen your competency skills, HR job postings, pre-approved links and more.

Then, subscribe to SHRM’s Recertification Credit Guide e-newsletter by logging into your SHRM membership profile and subscribing.

SHRM Specialty Credentials

Check out SHRM’s Specialty Credentials. SHRM Specialty Credentials educate individuals on specific learning objectives. You participate in a series of learning events and pass an assessment to demonstrate comprehension of program learning objectives.  You cannot recertify a Specialty Credential; after three (3) years, you must complete the learning events and pass the assessment to earn a new credential. Please spread the word! You are encouraged to obtain a SHRM Specialty Credential (and share with your team and/or network) in:

  • SHRM California Law HR
  • SHRM Talent Acquisition
  • SHRM People Analytics
  • SHRM U.S. Employment Immigration
  • SHRM HR Department of One
  • SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture