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 2018 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
2018 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 2018 SHRM Certification Handbook.
SHRM Certification – Winter Testing Window: Dec 1, 2018 – Feb 15, 2019
SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam applications are being accepted now through October 19 (or applicants can pay a $75 late application fee for applications received between October 20 – November 9) for the December 1, 2018 – February 15, 2019 testing window.
SHRM Certification Core Leadership Area (CLA) Webcast Schedule
Join SHRM for Certification CLA webcasts on the following dates. In addition to preparing for SHRM Certification, these forums are an excellent resource for chapter Certification leaders.
- September 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET
- December 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET
If you don’t receive the quarterly webcast announcement and schedule from SHRM directly, please contact Jennifer Lange for registration information.
Find past webcasts in the SHRM webcast archives.
SHRM is Hosting Quarterly SHRM Recertification Webinars and Monthly Live Chats
Do you or your chapter members have SHRM Recertification questions? Register for a quarterly webinar or view past webinars on your schedule. Chapter leaders and SHRM members can also attend a Live Chat, offered the second Wednesday of every month for personalized SHRM Recertification assistance.
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 2018 SHRM BoCK and you can download a 72 page 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 2018 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 May 1, 2018 – July 15, 2018 testing window kick off in February 2018, but it’s never too late to get started! Email our HR Certification Director, Jennifer Lange, for assistance, SHRM materials and best practices. We will also post chapter study groups and educational partnerships on the HR Indiana SHRM website.
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 Jennifer Lange.