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There are many reasons to obtain professional certifications. You are showing that your skills are up to date. You are making yourself look more appealing on the job market. You are showing that you take initiative. You are separating yourself from your peers. The list just keeps going! Obtaining your SHRM certification will show prospective employers and colleagues, that you are an expert and leader in the HR field. Who wouldn’t want to be recognized as an expert?

Let’s take a look at how to obtain your SHRM certification. We are going to explore 2 paths on how to obtain a SHRM certification.

If you are already hold a valid HR generalist certification (including: PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP and IPMA-CP*) which you obtained by January 31, 2015, you are eligible for SHRM's new certification—at no cost—by completing the following simple steps by December 31, 2015.


  1. Got to the SHRM Certification Portal
  2. Create an account and select “Online Tutorial Pathway.”
  3. Affirm that you hold a valid HR credential.
  4. Enter current certification details: certification name, issue date and expiration date.
  5. Agree to abide by the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  6. Access and complete the Online Tutorial via the link sent to your e-mail.
  7. Receive your SHRM credential once you complete the pathway process, and begin a three-year recertification cycle.

Note: You will not lose or have to give up any of your current credentials in order to obtain the new SHRM certification.

If you don’t already hold a valid HR certification, then you can follow the steps below in order to obtain your SHRM certification.

  1. Got to the SHRM Certification Portal
  2. Create an account
  3. When there is an open registration window, select SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP
  4. Fill out the application form with all of your information, including job information and why you are eligible to take the exam
  5. Sign the affirmation statement agreeing that you will abide by the SHRM Code of Ethics, SHRM Privacy Policy, and the Policies and Procedures in the certification handbook
  6. Then submit payment
  7. You will receive an Authorization to Test letter and then you can schedule your exam!
  8. Study, Study, Study!

If you have any questions regarding the exam don’t hesitate to ask Meredith Leader ( or contact SHRM. Now get started!




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