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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

LAX / South Bay

In person, 3-day1

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

2100 Park Place

El Segundo, CA 90245

Click here for registration details


In person, 3-day1

Brandman University

16355 Laguna Canyon Road

Irvine, CA 92618

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1Can be added to a 12-week course

during registration for savings of $250


Downtown L.A.

In person, 12 week

California State University, Los Angeles
801 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Click here for registration details

Pasadena Area

In person, 12 week

Pasadena/Alhambra area

Location TBD

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Orange County

In person, 12 week

Brandman University

16355 Laguna Canyon Road

Irvine, CA 92618

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Valley Area

In person, 12 week

Phillips Graduate University

19900 Plummer Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Click here for registration details



Virtual, 7 week

Online Class

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



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

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
1515 W 190th St, Ste 530
Gardena, CA 90248
+1(310) 416-1210
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