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With over 120,000 Certified HR professionals worldwide, SHRM-LI strongly supports the pursuit of SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certifications and encourages all SHRM-LI Member holding or pursuing Certification to become more involved with our Chapter.





This Study Group is made up of fellow SHRM-LI Members and is utilizing the 2023 SHRM Learning System® and other study aids to help prepare for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Exams. The Spring 2023 Dates are:


- March 11
- March 18
- April 1
- April 29
- May 6
- May 20
- June 3


Each participant must have the 2023 SHRM Learning System®.

To order the 2023 SHRM Learning System® at a special discounted rate available to Study Group members only

Spring Study Group Registration Form
Spring Study Group Informational Flyer


NEW! Applicants now have the option to test from home through live remote proctoring. Click here to learn more.

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are offered during two windows each year. Applications must be received by the standard deadline for each window.

First Test Window: May 1 - July 15, 2023

January 4, 2023
March 18,2023
April 8, 2023

Exam application deadlines close at 11:59 PM, ET.

Second Test Window: Dec. 1, 2023 - Feb. 15, 2024

June 1, 2023
September 11, 2023
November 9, 2023

Exam Fees

Early-Bird Exam Fee $335
Standard Exam Fee $410
Student Exam Fee
Student Eligibility Requirements
$149 $209
Corporate Exam Fee
Team Certification Requirements
$270 $270
Military Exam Fee
Military Eligibility Requirements
$270 $270
Transfer Exam Fee $100
Subject to an additional $53 exam cancellation fee when applicable.
Subject to an additional $53 exam cancellation fee when applicable.
Retest Exam Fee Full exam fee Full exam fee
Rescore Exam Fee $50 $50

See Payments and Refunds for the refund policy and additional information.

Exam Composition

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams contain two types of multiple-choice questions: stand-alone knowledge-based items that assess a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of factual information and scenario-based situational judgment items that assess a candidate's judgment and decision-making skills.

Half of the items on each exam are allocated across the three behavioral competency clusters (Leadership, Interpersonal, and Business), and the other half are allocated across the three HR knowledge domains (People, Organization, and Workplace). Forty percent of the items on each exam are situational judgment items, 10% are foundational knowledge items that test the key concepts of the nine behavioral competencies, and 50% are knowledge items that test the 14 HR-specific HR functional areas.

Knowledge Items: There are two categories of stand-alone knowledge-based items on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. Items in the first category, referred to as HR-specific knowledge Items (KIs), cover key concept topics associated with the 14 HR functional areas. Items in the second category, which are referred to as foundational knowledge items (FKIs), cover key concept topics that are considered foundational to the eight behavioral competencies. Examinees receive credit for selecting the single correct answer to a given question.

Situational Judgment Items: Situational judgment items (SJIs) assess candidates’ judgment and decision-making skills. 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. Although more than one strategy may be effective, examinees only receive credit for choosing the one best answer, as determined by a panel of experienced HR professionals.

Field-Test Questions: Each exam contains 24 field-test items that are not counted as part of a candidate’s score. Field test items are used to gather data on a question’s effectiveness. Examinees’ answers to field-test items do not count toward any part of their exam scores and are only used for item development purposes. Field test items on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are randomly mixed with scored exam items.

Taking the Exam

The SHRM Certification exams are delivered by computer, and candidates for both exams have 3 hours and 40 minutes divided into two 110-minute sections to answer a total of 134 multiple-choice questions. There are 80 stand-alone knowledge-based questions, and 54 are scenario-based situational judgment items. The testing schedule is as follows:

  • Confidentiality Reminder – 2 minutes
  • Introduction and tutorial – 8 minutes
  • Exam Section 1 – Up to 1 hour and 50 minutes *
  • Exam Section 2 – Up to 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Survey – 5 minutes

* Candidates may take one optional 15-minute break. SHRM recommends the candidate take a break only if needed and before ending Section 1 if time remains in Section 1. Otherwise, take a break after Section 2 starts. The clock will not stop during the optional break.

Each section shows a countdown timer on the screen, and each section is separate and time-independent. Minutes do not roll over. If a candidate spends less time in the introduction, extra minutes are not rolled over to the exam portion.


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