The field of human resources is always evolving to meet new challenges and emerging issues. Effective HR professionals are strategic planners with current knowledge across areas that affect the workplace and certification in today’s best HR practices and strategies.
Benefits of SHRM Certification
Earning a SHRM Certification comes with recognition as an expert and leader in the HR field, a valuable asset to your organization and a competitive advantage in today’s economy.
With SHRM Certification, HR professionals:
- Ensure they are up to date on key knowledge, strategies and competencies in the ever-changing field of human resources
- Demonstrate a commitment to a higher standard to employers
- Show appreciation for learning and continuing eduction
Download Top 5 Benefits for Employers.
What is SHRM Certification?
SHRM Certification Exams
The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) is for early and mid-career professionals with a primary focus on operational responsibilities like implementing and executing HR policies. The SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exam is for senior level professionals whose primary responsibilities include developing and aligning strategies and analyzing performance.
The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK)
The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK) defines the standards required of HR professionals everywhere. Based on extensive research from employers, academics and practicing HR professionals, it serves as the basis for SHRM certification exams.
The SHRM BoCK organizes eight (8) behavioral competencies into three (3) clusters:
Additionally, the SHRM BoCK organizes 15 areas of HR knowledge, which comprise the technical competency HR Expertise into three (3) domains:
Resources to Prepare for SHRM Certification
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 Certification – Winter Testing Window Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 15, 2021
SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) spring exam applications will be accepted at the early-bird rate now through October 16 and the price goes up by $75 during the standard application window between October 17 and November 16, 2020 for the Winter testing window of December 1, 2020 – February 15, 2020.
Also, effective June 1, SHRM will offer a remote proctoring option, which provides an opportunity to test from home. Check the website soon for full details, geographic restrictions apply.
2020 SHRM Certification Core Leadership Area (CLA) Webcast Schedule
Join SHRM for Certification CLA webcasts on the following dates from 4:00 pm ET – 5:00 pm ET. In addition to preparing for SHRM Certification, these forums are an excellent resource for chapter Certification leaders.
- February 19, 2020
- June 3, 2020
- September 2, 2020
- December 2, 2020
SHRM Foundation Scholarships – Certification
Individuals, SHRM Chapters and State Councils can apply for many of the SHRM Foundation scholarships, including those for Certification. Learn more about SHRM Scholarships.
Resources for Chapter Leaders
You can find the 2020 SHRM BoCK and you can download a booklet with more detailed and expansive information related to both the behavioral and technical competencies. This is a great resource to utilize to ensure that your 2020 chapter programming aligns with one or more areas of the SHRM BoCK. The topics and/or leaning objectives may also inspire your chapter to create a program focused around one of these.
Engage Your Chapter Members in SHRM Certification!
The SHRM Certification section of the Volunteer Leader Resource Center (VLRC) houses a wealth of promotional materials for chapter leaders to share with members. Materials include answers to frequently asked questions, sample exam questions and much more for help with:
- Promoting SHRM Certification
- Promoting recertification
- Certification preparation
- Locating chapter & Certification prep partnership resources
- Locating other Certification resources
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about SHRM promotional materials.
Running a SHRM Certification Review Course
Chapter leaders can start their own SHRM Certification study groups. Check out this video Joe Rotella (Central Ohio) created to help you get started.
Most study groups for the upcoming testing window kicked off in February 2020, but it’s never too late to get started! Email our HR Certification Director , Jennifer Lange, for assistance, SHRM materials and best practices. We also hope to post chapter study groups and educational partnerships on the HR Indiana SHRM website.
NEW! 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.
For more information, see SHRM’s announcement email from July 29, 2019.
REMEMBER – SHRM Adapted their SHRM Recertification Requirements
Budget constraints, location or schedule shouldn’t keep you from earning the 60 PDCs needed to maintain your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification. SHRM adapted their recertification process to provide additional flexibility to match your learning needs.
Going forward, SHRM will no longer have a maximum limit on self-paced activities, in the ‘Advance Your Education’ category.
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Learn more about SHRM Recertification requirements: shrmcertification.org/recertification
SHRM’s Certification YouTube Videos
Use these SHRM Certification videos on your chapter website, in newsletters and emails to your members and during meetings and programs.
Roadmap for the HR Profession
Meet our Certification Director
If you have questions about Certification, please contact Cheryl Shepherd.