SHRM Certifications - SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Study Group

For more than 65 years, SHRM has served the human resources profession. HR professionals worldwide look to SHRM for comprehensive resources to enhance their effectiveness on the job, to develop their careers, and to partner strategically with business leaders and stakeholders.

SHRM also works to advance the HR profession as a whole, ensuring that as business evolves, HR evolves to meet business needs. Businesses increasingly understand that effective people management is a strategic imperative. As a result, business leaders expect that HR professionals will demonstrate, in addition to a thorough knowledge of HR concepts and requirements, the behavioral competencies required to effectively apply knowledge in the modern workplace in support of organizational goals.

To meet business needs, SHRM has established two competency-based certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) for early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) for senior-level practitioners. SHRM regards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new global standard in certification for the HR profession.

The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK) is the foundation for these certifications. The SHRM BoCK - the product of rigorous research involving thousands of HR professionals - identifies eight key behavioral competencies and 15 HR functional areas that are critical to the success of any HR professional.

By incorporating key HR competencies and knowledge into the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, SHRM's certifications demonstrate to the global business community that the credential-holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice - competency and knowledge - that are required for effective job performance. 

SHRM Pathway

IF you are presently certified through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) you are eligible to use the SHRM "Pathway" to achieve their new certification using your present credentials for FREE, if done before 12/31/2015.  For more information on the Pathway visit

If you are not presently certified and/or elect not to use the Pathway and would like to pursue the New Professional Certification offered by SHRM, please visit the SHRM website for information  - go and click the "Education and Certification" Box in the toolbar.  There will be two educational opportunities using the SHRM Learning System to help prepare you for the exam:

  • 1.  TAHRA will be organizing a professional Study Group for this Fall - If you are interested in participating, please email your interest and your contact information to eat0@eau0eav0eaw0  and more details will be forthcoming. This Study Group will likely meet weekly for 12 weeks to help you prepare.
  • 2.  Tulsa Community College plans on offering a condensed 3 day program sometime in October - as soon as we have the details we will provide to you.

The cost of the above options differ significantly - we will send out an email blast with more details to all TAHRA Members with more details mid-August.