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There are many reasons to consider certification. For example:

  • Professional certification establishes credibility. Earning the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential shows that a person has mastered the SHRM BoCK and has remained current on HR developments through the recertification process.
  • Certification recognizes professional achievement. It is a visible reminder to senior management of the holder’s expertise.
  • Certification allows you to make a greater contribution to your organization’s success. The knowledge and visibility you gain provide you with an opportunity to make a difference in your organization.
  • Certification provides a sense of personal satisfaction based on having undertaken and succeeded in a challenging endeavor. Many newly certified HR professionals say, “I did it for myself.”


Fall 2016 HR Martin Study Group

If certification sounds like something you are ready for please consider joining our six week study group beginning Thursday, October 6, from 5pm-8pm at Paradigm Precision located at 3601 SE Commerce Avenue, North Building in Stuart.  We will be meeting on 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/25, 11/3, and 11/17.  Please note 10/25 is a Tuesday and 11/17 has been reserved for a make-up class or a final review if needed. 

The study group sponsored by HR Martin will include a SME, Stephanie Strozak, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, guided discussions, activities, and review sessions. 

In order to participate in the group you must purchase the SHRM Learning System.  HR Martin County can provide you with the SHRM Learning System at a discounted Chapter rate of $499 which includes shipping and taxes.

The SHRM Learning System provides you on-line access to pre-tests, post-tests, practice test questions, and flash cards.  As the Facilitator I will be able to track your progress through the Facilitators Kit and lead discussions based on your progress.  

If you’re interested in joining the study group email me today at stephanie@strozak.com.  Seats are limited and filling up quickly so join today.   


SHRM Credentials

SHRM is committed to ensuring that the certification HR professionals achieve is best in class and distinguishes them in the marketplace. Therefore, SHRM determined that it was necessary to move forward independently with the development of a competency-based certification, which is needed for the advancement of the HR profession and HR practitioners.

The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) are competency and knowledge based credentials that will be universally recognized.


Exam Schedule

2016 Exam Schedule

Spring Window

Winter Window

Exam Dates

May 1 – July 15, 2016

December 1, 2016-February 15, 2017

Applications Accepted

January 4

May 16

Application Deadline

March 25

October 21

Late Application Deadline

*Additional $75 nonrefundable late application fee

April 15

November 11

You can apply at shrmcertification.org/apply

To ensure a successful test-taking experience, first access your eligibility, then download the SHRM Certification Handbook to learn more about which exam to take.

Selecting the Right Exam

The first step in selecting the right credential for you is to determine your eligibility.  Eligibility for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP is based on your combination of education and HR-related work experience.  See Exam Eligibility Criteria for details.  

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 operates 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 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 SHRM suggests applying for the SHRM-SCP exam.  If your daily work most resembles key responsibilities listed for all professionals then SHRM suggests registering for the SHRM-CP exam. 

The Exam

Candidates for the SHRM-CP exam will have up to 3 hours and 40 minutes to answer a total of 160 questions, of which approximately 110 will be knowledge items and 50 will be situational judgment items.

Candidates for the SHRM-SCP exam will have up to 3 hours and 40 minutes to answer a total of 180 questions, of which approximately 110 will be knowledge items and 70 will be situational judgment items. 

Situational judgment items assess candidates’ KSAs and decision-making skills, which are not easily measured using traditional knowledge-based questions.  Examinees are presented with realistic work-related scenarios and asked to choose the best of several possible strategies to resolve or address the issues described in each scenario.  Because more than one strategy may be effective for addressing actual work-related scenarios, examinees will receive full credit for choosing the best possible answer, or partial credit for choosing the second-best possible answer.  Incorrect answers which reflect ineffective strategies, will receive no credit. 

Note: both exams include “field test” items that do not count toward a candidate’s final score. 

Learn more about the exams’ policies and procedures by downloading the SHRM Certification Handbook.    

Exam Fees

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are each $300 for SHRM members and $400 for nonmembers.  This price includes a $50 nonrefundable processing fee.  A $75 nonrefundable late application fee will be applied if you apply for the exam during the late application periods. 


SHRM believes that recertification is key to ensuring that your knowledge is current and skills are sharp.  Credential-holders must earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within a 3-year recertification period that ends on the last day of the credential-holder’s birth month (or re-take the certification exam at the end of the 3-year recertification period.) 

SHRM  has addressed the needs of HR professionals by creating three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders earn recertification credits: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization, and Advance Your Profession.  These categories parallel the SHRM BoCK’s three main elements of Effective Individual Performance, Successful Business Outcomes, and Advancing the HR Profession.

Learn more about maintaining your credentials by downloading the SHRM Recertification Handbook. 

For more information on the benefits of certification and the tools available to assist you in becoming certified please contact Stephanie Strozak, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Martin Certification Chair at stephanie@strozak.com

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