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Certification credentials are a key element in adding value to your career and your organization. We can help!

Earning your certification 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. Certification options include the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP through SHRM, and variations of the PHR through HRCI.


Ready for more information on SHRM Certification? These links will help you navigate your certification journey:


Are you a current SHRM member, ready for certification, but the cost of the exam is an obstacle?

Click here for details on scholarships on SHRM certification exam and preparation available through the SHRM Foundation. Application deadline is May 1, 2020.

SHRM Study Guide

 
DC SHRM now offers a Certification Study Group, to help local peers prepare for the SHRM certification exam.

Thinking about obtaining your SHRM certification? Why go it alone? DC SHRM offers a 12-week certification study group to prepare yourself for the SHRM certification exam. These sessions are facilitated by certified members of DC SHRM and are given twice a year. Click here for more details.




Where do you start? Below are two charts to help you determine your eligibilty for certification, based on where you are in your career, experience, and education.

 

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Eligibility Chart

(Exempt and Non-Exempt levels)

Credential

Less than a Bachelor's Degree*

Bachelor's Degree

Graduate Degree

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree

HR-Related Degree

Non-HR Degree

SHRM-CP**

3 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

1 year in HR role

2 years in HR role

Currently in HR role

1 year in HR role

SHRM-SCP

6 years in HR role

7 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

5 years in HR role

3 years in HR role

4 years in HR role

For more information on certification options through SHRM, please follow this link: https://www.shrm.org/certification/pages/default.aspx


HRCI PHR and SPHR Eligibility Chart

Experience in a Professional-Level HR Position

Credential

Less than Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Graduate Degree

PHR

4 years

2 years

1 year

SPHR

7 years

5 years

4 years

For more information on certification options through HRCI, please follow this link: https://www.hrci.org/our-programs/our-certifications


As an approved provider of PDCs for SHRM and Recertification Credit hours for HRCI, DC SHRM strives to offer regular opportunities to earn credits toward certification and recertification. Our monthly education programs, annual conference,and annual employment law update program are pre-approved for credit with both SHRM and HRCI. Check out our calendar of events to register for our next educational offering, and earn credits toward your certification and recertification.