The SHRM-CP Certification focuses on the core knowledge and competencies entry-level to mid-level HR professionals functioning at the operational level require to be outstanding in their roles.

About The SHRM-CP Certification

It is a globally recognized certification that demonstrates an individual’s knowledge, skills, and commitment to the HR profession. The SHRM-CP validates the understanding of HR concepts, principles, and practices, as well as the ability to apply them in real-world situations.

The SHRM-CP validates the understanding of HR concepts, principles, and practices, as well as the ability to apply them in real-world situations. Being SHRM-CP certified proves that the HR professional is indeed a technical expert and has gained mastery of the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies, via practice and experience, to drive desired business results.

Exam Topics

  • Leadership 17% 17%
  • Business 16.5% 16.5%
  • Interpersonal 16.5% 16.5%
  • People 18% 18%
  • Organization 18% 18%
  • Workplace 14% 14%

SHRM-CP Frequently Asked Questions…

Why do you need a SHRM-CP Certification?

The SHRM-CP certification is 100% focused on the competencies and knowledge all HR professionals require to lead in today’s dynamic and competitive business community. Benefits of the SHRM-CP Certification include:


  • Enhanced Credibility: A SHRM-CP certification demonstrates that an individual has a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of HR and has the skills to apply this knowledge in real-world situations. This enhances their credibility with both employers and clients.
  • Career Advancement: Earning a SHRM-CP certification increases an individual’s chances of being promoted or obtaining a higher-paying job. It also opens up new career opportunities in HR, including management positions.
  • Expanded Knowledge: The certification requires an individual to complete an extensive training program and pass the SHRM-CP exam, which proves they possess a deep understanding of HR principles and practices. This knowledge improves their day-to-day work and enables them to take on more significant responsibilities.
  • Networking Opportunities: SHRM-CP certification holders become part of a global community of HR professionals, which provide networking opportunities, access to resources, and opportunities to share ideas and best practices.
  • Improved Professional Development: SHRM-CP certified individuals have access to a wide range of continuing education programs and resources, which enable them to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in HR.
What are the Benefits of SHRM-CP Certified Professionals to Organizations?

The presence of SHRM-CP certified professionals in your organization demonstrates that your HR professionals have mastered the application of global best practices in HR. Benefits of SHRM-CP certified professionals in your organization include:


  • Demonstrated expertise: SHRM-CP certified professionals have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in the understanding of HR concepts, principles, and practices. This expertise helps organizations ensure they have the right people in the right roles, and increases the confidence in their HR functions.
  • Improved HR practices: SHRM-CP certified professionals have a deep understanding of global HR best practices and can help organizations improve their HR processes and policies. They are best equipped to provide guidance on issues such as employee relations, recruitment, compensation, and benefits, and help organizations create a positive and productive work environment.
  • Increased compliance: SHRM-CP certified professionals are knowledgeable about employment laws and regulations and can help organizations ensure they are in compliance. They can provide guidance on issues such as equal employment opportunity, workplace safety, and labor relations, and help organizations avoid costly legal issues.
  • Better communication: SHRM-CP certified professionals are skilled communicators and can help organizations improve communication between employees, managers, and HR. They can provide training on effective communication techniques and help organizations create a culture of open and honest communication.
  • Career development: Organizations that support their employees in earning the SHRM-CP certification can benefit from increased employee retention and loyalty. Offering professional development opportunities such as certification programs can help employees feel valued and invested in their careers, which can lead to better job performance and a stronger commitment to the organization.
Who Should Attend The SHRM-CP Training?

The SHRM-CP certification exam preparatory training is intended for individuals that perform general HR/HR-related duties; or for currently enrolled students and individuals pursuing a career in Human Resource Management. The training is designed to help HR professionals develop and strengthen their skills in various areas of HR, such as recruitment, compensation, employee relations, and compliance. The SHRM-CP training is generally suitable for individuals who:

  1. Are interested in pursuing a career in HR: If you’re looking to start a career in HR, the SHRM-CP training can provide you with a strong foundation in HR practices and help you gain an edge in the job market.
  2. Want to advance their careers: If you’re already working in HR and looking to advance your career, obtaining the SHRM-CP certification improves and validates your expertise in HR practices.
  3. Need to update their knowledge: If you’ve been working in HR for some time, the SHRM-CP training help you unlearn, relearn and stay up-to-date with the latest global HR trends, practices, and legal requirements.
  4. Want to enhance their HR skills: If you want to improve your HR skills in core areas such as employee engagement, talent acquisition, and HR analytics, the SHRM-CP training provides you with the adequate knowledge and skills you need to excel in these areas.
  5. Are seeking to increase their earning potential: Obtaining the SHRM-CP certification leads to better job opportunities and higher earning potential.
What Is The Course Outline?

The SHRM-CP exam preparatory course outline is designed to cover the major exam content areas listed below:


  • 18%  – Organization
  • 18%  – People
  • 17%  – Leadership
  • 16.5% – Business
  • 16.5% – Interpersonal
  • 14% – Workplace
Am I Eligible to take the SHRM-CP Certification?

Candidates for the SHRM-CP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles or a degree from an Academically Aligned program is recommended.


The SHRM-CP exam is designed to assess the competency level of HR at the operational level. This level includes implementing policies, supporting day-to-day HR functions, or serving as an HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders.


How Much Does the Exam Cost?

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When Can I Take the Exam?

Testing for the SHRM certification is available within specified Test windows annually. For 2023, the Test windows are as follows:

Test Window 1: May 1 – July 15, 2023

Test Window 2: Dec. 1, 2023 – Feb. 15, 2024

When Can I Take the Exam?

Testing for the SHRM certification is available within specified Test windows annually. For 2023, the Test windows are as follows:

Test Window 1: May 1 – July 15, 2023

Test Window 2: Dec. 1, 2023 – Feb. 15, 2024

What Is the SHRM-CP Exam Format & Length?

The SHRM-CP is a Computer-based Test (CBT) taken in person at an authorized Prometric Test center or from home through live remote proctoring (for candidates based outside Nigeria).

How Do I Remain Certified?

Once certified, your SHRM certification is valid for a three year period. To maintain your SHRM credential:

  • You are required to earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within your 3-year recertification period.
  • Re-take the certification exam within the last year of your recertification period.


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