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 (Link to “SHRM-BoCK-FINAL.pdf” in our section on deciding to pursue certification) 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.