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SHRM-CP / SHRM-SCP Certification

Decide to Pursue Certification

Make the Case for Support

Determine Eligibility

Choose a Learning Option

Apply for Exam

Remaining Certified

The Future of HR is Here

SHRM Certification is the driving force behind effective business outcomes and talent management for HR professionals across industries, sectors and organization size.

Based upon the widely regarded evidence-based SHRM Competency Model, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications leverage core competencies needed for HR success in the global business community.

6 Reasons Why You Should Pursue SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® Certification

  1. The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials are state of-the-art certifications offered by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR membership organization and the industry leader in HR professional development.

    For more than 60 years, SHRM has supported more than 100,000 employers representing 140 million employees worldwide.

  2. The SHRM certification exams test your knowledge AND how you use that knowledge to demonstrate your proficiency as a business leader.

  3. The SHRM certification program was created to meet the needs of employers worldwide, driving business through the globally recognized competencies for HR professionals around the world. This is achieved through critical thinking, practical application and real-world experience.

  4. Over 90,000 HR professionals have earned their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. To date, more than 4,500 employers are seeking SHRM credential holders every month. This includes Fortune 500 organizations from every sector and industry.

  5. SHRM’s recertification program provides a broad scope of eligible recertification activities, allowing you to determine your professional development needs based on your specific career path.

  6. SHRM certifications directly link to on-the-job scenarios and realistic work situations, making them the most relevant certifications available for HR professionals. Over 60 percent of examinees say the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are more job relevant than any other HR certification.

The HRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), draws heavily on the SHRM Competency Model. The SHRM BoCK documents the HR Behavioral Competencies and Knowledge Domains tested on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exams. The SHRM BoCK is also the common framework for item writers developing questions and individuals developing exam preparation materials. SHRM operates exam development and study material development as separate, independent functions, and observes a strict firewall between these activities to protect the integrity and credibility of the certification exams.

Learning System Modules

The 2017 SHRM Learning System delivers the most effective and comprehensive SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification preparation, including learning modules and interactive online study tools.

Sections on Competencies in Action are interspersed throughout the learning modules to highlight how the competencies apply to particular topic areas.


  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication


  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee & Labor Relations
  • Technology Management


  • HR Strategic Planning
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Engagement & Retention
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards 


  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. Only)

Make the case for training support

You know the benefits that SHRM-CP®/SHRM-SCP® and the SHRM Learning Systems would bring to you and your organization. Now it’s time to ask for the support of your manager. PIHRA can help!

Before you approach your supervisor, consider how this training will not only benefit you and your career, but the entire organization. Be prepared to discuss how HR management training can help you meet challenges and influence business objectives related to current initiatives at your company or within your department. Answer how much your training will cost in terms of out-of-pocket expenses and determine whether training will qualify for tuition reimbursement, state-funded training grants or assistance programs. Start with your department training budget and go from there.

Download the Top Five Reasons My Employer Will Benefit flyer and use the email template to help you draft a letter to your supervisor.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time they submit their application in order to be eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. These requirements are outlined below:

Credential Less than a Bachelor's Degree* Bachelor's Degree Graduate Degree
HR-Related Program Non-HR Program HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
SHRM-CP 3 years in HR role 4 years in HR role 1 year in HR
2 years in HR role Currently in HR role 1 year in HR role
SHRM-SCP 6 years in HR role 7 years in HR role 4 years in HR role 5 years in HR role 3 years in HR
4 years in HR role

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

For more details on exam eligibility, click here.

A Guided Study Program


The 2017 SHRM Learning System delivers the most effective SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification preparation.

Interactive, online study tools and learning modules that reflect current HR content prepare you for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam. PIHRA has created three learning options to meet every learning style:

  • A Guided Self-Study Program
  • In-person and virtual Certification Preparation Seminars
  • Organizational Training & Development Programs

Some companies that have prepared their staff using the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP include:*

  • ADP
  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • Chevron
  • UPS
  • Hormel Foods
  • IKEA
  • Paychex
  • Target

*All trademarks, service marks and trade names, either federally registered or at common law, of the above-listed corporations are the exclusive property of their respective owners. No sponsorship or affiliation with the above-listed customers is intended.

Learning Options Location

Pasadena Area

In person, 12 week

Bolton & Co

3475 E Foothill Blvd, Suite #100

Pasadena, CA 91107

Registration closed


Los Angeles County

In person, 12 week

PIHRA Office

1515 W. 190th Street,

Gardena, CA 90248

Registration closed


Orange County

In person, 12 week

Brandman University

16355 Laguna Canyon Road

Irvine, CA 92618

Registration closed


Valley Area

In person, 12 week

Phillips Graduate University

19900 Plummer Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Registration closed



Virtual, 12 week

Online Class

Registration closed 



In person, 3-day

Brandman University

16355 Laguna Canyon Road

Irvine, CA 92618

Click here for registration details

In Person, 12 week
Members - $1,125
Non-Members** - $1,275

Virtual / 3-Day
Members - $1,050
Non-Members** - $1,200

*All Classes are instructor led and include the SHRM learning materials (a $870 value)

**PIHRA membership is included with all non-member registration (a $150 value).


As part of the PIHRA community, you're never alone. To join our NEW online study group, click here.

Selecting the Right Exam

You have made the important decision to pursue SHRM certification. Congratulations! Now you must decide whether to apply for the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP exam.

Even if you are eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP exam, you may still choose to pursue the SHRM-CP. This certification is designed for HR professionals 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.

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.

One approach to selecting the right exam is to read the SHRM BoCK and assess which responsibility statements and key behaviors represent the work you perform on a daily basis. If your daily work most resembles key responsibilities listed for advanced professionals, then we suggest applying for the SHRM-SCP exam. If your daily work most resembles key responsibilities listed for all professionals, then we suggest registering for the SHRM-CP exam.

Upcoming Exam Schedule:

Spring Window: Dec 1, 2017 - Feb 15, 2018
Applications Accepted: May 15 - Oct 20
Late Application Deadline: Nov 10
Please note: The exam application deadlines close at 11:59 PM, ET.

2017 SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP Exam Fees

SHRM member: $300 USD
Nonmember: $400 USD

These seminars are not a substitute for certification examination. If you wish to take the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP examination, you must complete a separate application form at

Exam Format

Computer-based testing (CBT) via Prometric


  • 160 questions (90 knowledge/40 situational judgment/30 field test items)
  • Up to 3 hours and 40 minutes in length



Recertification Guidelines

Not only is PIHRA a SHRM Education Partner, there for you when you start the process . . . we are also a Recertification Provider and will help you to maintain your valuable credential you worked so hard to obtain.

All certifications are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam.

Time Frame
3-year recertification period.
The recertification period begins the date that a candidate takes and passes the exam.
The recertification period ends on the last day of a credential holder’s birth month, at least 3 years from the date the candidate becomes certified.
During the first recertification period, some credential holders may have a slightly longer period.

Required Number of Credits
60 professional development credits (PDC)

Qualifying Recertification Activities
All activities must be related to human resource topic areas or related competencies consistent with the areas outlined in the Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK).

PIHRA offers more than 200 opportunities each year to obtain recertification credits. Most popular are the California HR Conference, Legal Update, monthly webinars, and monthly meetings in a community near you.

Recertification Opportunities

Contact Us

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