SHRM Exam Overview

To earn the SHRM credential, you need to pass all four sections of the Uniform SHRM Examination.

Find out more about each exam section and its key topics.

Exam Format

4 hours long, computer-based:


• SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams consist of 160 multiple-choice questions:
- 95 knowledge

- 65 situational judgment


• Both exams include “field test” items that do not count toward a candidate’s final score.





Exam Topics

1. Behavioral Competencies

• Leadership

• Business

• Interpersonal Item Type:

• Situational Judgment (40%)

• Foundational Knowledge (10%)


2. Technical Knowledge (HR Knowledge Domain)

• People

• Organization

• Workplace

Item Type:  HR-Specific Knowledge (50%)

Exam Requirements

To earn the CPA credential, you need to pass all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.

Find out more about each exam section and its key topics.

SHRM-CP

  • If you hold less than a Bachelor’s Degree (HR-related): You require 3 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold less than a Bachelor’s Degree (non-HR): You require 4 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree (HR-related): You require 1 year experience in an HR role

  • If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree (non-HR): You require 2 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold a Graduate Degree (HR-related): You’ll need to be currently working in an HR role

  • If you hold a Graduate Degree (non-HR): You require 1 year experience in an HR role

SHRM-SCP

  • If you hold less than a Bachelor’s Degree (HR-related): You require 6 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold less than a Bachelor’s Degree (non-HR): You require 7 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree (HR-related): You require 4 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree (non-HR): You require 5 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold a Graduate Degree (HR-related): You require 3 years experience in an HR role

  • If you hold a Graduate Degree (non-HR): You require 4 years experience in an HR role

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