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SHRM’s global HR credentials, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®), offer growth, advancement, and recognition. In fact, 71% of HR executives agree that SHRM certification increases the likelihood of obtaining a promotion in the field of HR*.

Metro Milwaukee SHRM offers two SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study groups per year. One in spring and one in fall of each year. Click on our events page for more information and to register.

The SHRM Learning System is included within the enrollment. The learning system provides a roadmap to guide your studies through the entire SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™). Join us for a comprehensive and effective way to prepare for success on your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam.

*2020-2021 SHRM HR Careers Study

What do you get?

A Course Designed for Your Success

Metro Milwaukee ‘s SHRM Certification Preparation Course will broaden and update your knowledge and skills while delivering everything you need to pass the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam, all in an interactive virtual environment.

  • Learn from a group of certified facilitators who provides expertise, insights, and guidance.
  • Acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies you need to prepare to pass the exam.
  • Network, share experiences, and discuss best practices with a diverse group of HR professionals.
  • Stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience.

Eligibility Requirements:

SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)

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.

Intention: The SHRM-CP certification 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.

SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Candidates for the SHRM-SCP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree to apply.

The SHRM-SCP exam is designed to assess the competency level of those who engage in HR work at the strategic level. Work at this level includes duties such as developing HR policies and/or procedures, overseeing the execution of integrated HR operations, directing an entire HR enterprise, or leading the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals.

Intention: The SHRM-SCP certification is for individuals that have a work history of at least 3 years performing strategic level HR/HR-related duties; or for SHRM-CP credential holders who have held the credential for at least 3 years and are working in, or are in the process of transitioning to, a strategic level role.

Student Eligibility

SHRM certification eligibility requirements for students changed at the beginning of 2022 and now only require a student to be actively enrolled in a degree program.

Students seeking to earn the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential must meet the SHRM-SCP criteria to apply.

Refer to the SHRM BASK™ for detailed information on proficiency standards for this credential (i.e., Proficiency Indicators For All HR Professionals and For Advanced HR Professionals).

Selecting the Right Credential:

Applicants should consider the following when deciding which credential (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) to select:

1. Their level of education and work experience.

SHRM certification has very specific eligibility requirements to ensure that applicants are true HR professionals who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to potentially achieve success on the exam. In most cases, applicants may be able to determine their appropriate exam level based on their level of education and work experience alone. However, some may choose a higher or lower level based on other criteria such as those listed below.

2. The actual HR/HR-related work performed.

If an applicant's current or most recent work has been operational in nature and involves activities such as implementing policies, serving as an HR point person in their organization or with organizations they support, and/or performing day-to-day HR functions, then SHRM-CP is likely the better choice.

If an applicant's current or most recent work has been strategic in nature and involves activities such as developing policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of HR operations, analyzing performance metrics, and/or contributing to the alignment of HR strategies with organizational goals, then SHRM-SCP may be the better choice.

3. The breadth and depth of their HR knowledge and experience.

To get an idea of the things that an HR professional needs to know and do for both credential levels, applicants should review the SHRM BASK.

The value of SHRM Certification for your Employer:

Certification Resources:

Frequently Asked SHRM Certification Questions

Learn more about the SHRM Certifications

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Phone (U.S. only): 800.283.7476, option 3

SHRM Certification Process (at-a-glance):

SHRM Recertification:

Once you obtain your SHRM Certification, you will begin a three-year SHRM recertification cycle.  As a SHRM Certification-holder you have two options for recertification:

Earn 60 professional development credits (PDCs) within your 3-year recertification cycle. Metro Milwaukee SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP/SCP, Professional Development Credits. Visit our events page for various different programs offered throughout the year.

Re-take the certification exam within the last year of your recertification cycle.  Visit the recertification page for more details and to download the latest recertification handbook.



Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

The profession is no longer just about what you know—facts and figures—but rather how you effectively implement that knowledge in the workplace each and every day. SHRM certification provides you the opportunity to prove not only what you know but also how you can apply that knowledge on the job. 

SHRM certifications directly link to on-the-job scenarios and realistic work situations, making them the most relevant certifications available for HR professionals. Seventy-five percent of examinees say the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are more job relevant than any other HR certification.

HR certification must be as inclusive and diverse as the profession itself. Built upon one comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), SHRM certification is applicable across industries, geographic borders, job responsibilities and career levels. Whether your organization has a global focus or not, customers and talent can come from anywhere, and a universal set of skills is preferred.

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials are based on the current HR landscape, focusing on the competencies and knowledge HR professionals need to lead in today’s business community. Boost your confidence to take that next step in your HR career or to distinguish yourself in a job search. More than 5,000 employers are seeking SHRM credential-holders every month.

Based on in-depth research focused on—and backed by—global employers and business leaders, the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession. 

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials are state-of-the-art certifications offered by 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. To date, over 96,000 HR professionals have earned their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

SHRM is proud to announce that both its competency-based certification exams—the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP—have been accredited by The Buros Center for Testing, and recognized as meeting the highest standards in testing. Learn More.


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