Define Yourself as an HR Leader with SHRM Certification
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This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills. Become an HR expert.



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The SHRM Learning System provides you with an interactive, personalized path toward success for your certification or professional development needs.


Commit to Your Career

SHRM's global HR credentials, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, offer growth, advancement and recognition. These credentials are based on extensive global research involving employers, academics, and practicing HR professionals at all levels to ensure they maintain an industry-leading level of excellence and relevance in this ever-evolving profession.

By becoming SHRM–certified, you prove your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to employers looking for a competitive edge in today's global economy. Wherever your career takes you, your SHRM certification will define you as an HR expert and leader.

Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success.

SHRM Learning System

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


Why seek SHRM Certifcation?

Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

The curriculum provided in the SHRM Learning System is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK). Throughout the program HR professionals are encouraged to acquire the Competencies and Knowledge they'll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success. Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community

Benefits To You

You'll benefit from:

  • The SHRM Learning System, historically ranked the #1 HR certification prep tool.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies to help you prepare for the exam.
  • A structured and customized learning experience that keeps you on track.
  • Study wherever you go with mobile access and e-reader capability.
  • Eligibility for funding options. Approach your boss for potential company-funding. We've created a toolkit to help with this conversation. Visit the SHRM Learning System demo to access.
  • Earning up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs) if you are using this program for professional development only.

Benefits To Your Employer

Certification benefits your entire organization:

  • It demonstrates that your HR professionals have mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies.
  • Certification prepares your HR staff to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of your organization.
  • Exam preparation helps HR professionals bring new ideas to your organization that will help drive success.
  • It helps create a common HR language that optimizes consistency and effectiveness.
  • Certification is relevant worldwide, as exams cover the global SHRM BoCK.
  • Volume discounts for the SHRM Learning System are available on purchases of 2+. For more info, call +1.651.905.2617 or e-mail

Not Sure Where to Begin?

Am I eligible for SHRM Certification?

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:

SHRM Certification Eligibility Requirements

For more information on eligibility, please visit here.

Once you determine your elgibility, then 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 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.

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

Exams are administered during two annual exam windows: Spring (May-July) and Winter (December-February).

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Advance your career.

If you're not interested in certification but want to improve your HR skills, this course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core behavior and technical competencies and increase productivity in the workplace.

Study Tools

The SHRM Learning System provides you with an interactive, personalized path toward success.

  • EFFECTIVE AND PROVEN RESULTS. Candidates who use the SHRM Learning System consistently beat the average exam pass rate.
  • ONE SOURCE FOR KNOWLEDGE AND APPLICATION. All the study tools you need to understand, apply and engage with behavioral competencies and HR knowledge.
  • CURRENT AND RELEVANT CONTENT. The SHRM Learning System has been updated to align with the 2017 SHRM BoCK, the defined standard for knowledge and competencies required of HR professionals around the world.
  • CONVENIENT 24/7 ONLINE ACCESS to your study tools from any mobile device, tablet, or computer.




> Complete the Assessment
Complete an online assessment to determine current knowledge and identify areas for improvement.

> Create a SmartStudy Plan
Create a personal SmartStudy plan to identify learning priorities, estimate study time and create a roadmap to success.


> Read Learning Modules
The SHRM Learning System is comprised of four modules of study based on the SHRM BoCK. When you're online, navigate quickly and easily from reading a module to completing questions and other activities. For access when you're offline, download the files to your e-reader device.

> Watch Quickstarts
Review quickstart videos for an overview of the foundational elements of each HR behavioral competency.

> Review Flashcards
Study flashcards to reinforce your understanding of key terms and concepts.


> Test Your Knowledge and Use Your Judgment
Utilize over 1,500 practice questions to assess your competencies and test your knowledge and understanding.

> Engage with Competencies in Action
Engage in six Competencies in Action activities that put you in the role of an HR professional who is faced with unique challenges. Analyze the situation, consider the background information, complete the activities and make your decision.


> Complete the Post-Test
Complete a post-test that mimics the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam format and weighting to build exam day confidence.

> Review Test-Taking Tips
Review test-taking tips and download the SHRM Certification Handbook.

Flexible Learning Options

Convienient learning options give you the ability to choose your perfect fit based on your personal preferences for scheduling, budget, instructor support and location.

SHRM Learning System Self Study Learning Option

Self-Study Option

This learning option allows you to study at your own pace, where and when it's convenient, with comprehensive reading materials and interactive online tests and tools.

  • Learn at your own pace.
  • Study when and where your schedule allows.
  • Develop a personalized study plan.
  • Avoid the expense of off-site training and time away from work.

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SHRM Learning System Education Partner Learning Option

Education Partner Programs

A traditional classroom setting, online format or a hybrid of the two—over a period of weeks or in a condensed format, led by a local, trusted training provider.

  • Classroom learning environment utilizes experienced, SHRM-certified instructors to provide structure and keep you on pace.
  • Peer discussion and real-world experiences help reinforce learning materials.
  • Take advantage of employer-funded tuition reimbursement.

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SHRM Learning System Seminar Learning Option

Certification Prep Seminars

Comprehensive and detailed review of the SHRM BoCK, held in a learning environment via both in-person and virtual options.

  • SHRM seminars are available in 3-day (in-person) or 7 or 9 weeks (virtual).
  • Led by qualified and certified instructors.
  • Outside-the-classroom assignments help reinforce seminar sessions.
  • The virtual seminar delivery option allows realtime Q&As and chats between virtual seminar participants, providing a dynamic virtual classroom experience. All virtual classes are recorded in their entirety for viewing at your convenience.

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SHRM Learning System Corporate Learning Option

Organization Training & Development

Customized staff training at your location, virtually, or a hybrid of the two—eliminating costly travel expenses and time away from the office.

  • Customize a program to meet the specific needs of your organization.
  • Train and prepare your entire staff at your location, while eliminating costly travel expenses and fulfilling professional development requirements.
  • Promote a common HR language across your entire organization.

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