Dear SHRM Volunteer Leader:

I have some very exciting news to announce, and wanted to make sure that you heard it first before we notify the public.

New Certification Name:
After more than 1,100 responses from our members, I am happy to announce that we have a name for the new SHRM certification. There will be two levels to the new certification:

  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Governance Body:

We have established a governance body called the SHRM Certification Commission that will serve as a technical advisory committee and will have delegated authority from the SHRM Board.  We are designing our certification program to meet the highest standards of the industry and are creating the SHRM Certification Commission in order to ensure that there is no conflict of interest.  The SHRM Certification Commission will oversee all technical aspects of the certification program, including the overall development of the exam, eligibility requirements and issuance of recertification.  The commission will be comprised of volunteers who have extensive HR and business expertise from industries and organizations around the world.

Certification Preparation and Recertification Credit:

Recertification and what counts toward recertification will remain the same through the end of 2014.  SHRM chapters and state councils can offer recertification credits through 2015 for both the current certification and the new SHRM certification as part of their meetings and programming.  SHRM will continue to support the current programs through the December 2014 - January, 2015 testing windows.  For example:

  • We will continue to submit our 2014 and 2015 programs to HRCI for pre-approved recertification credits in order to ensure that individuals with current certifications meet the eligibility requirements to obtain the new SHRM certification.
  • We will continue to offer the current SHRM Learning Systems through November 30, 2014.  Beyond that, we will only offer the Learning Systems for the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.

SHRM is very excited by these developments and we are confident that we are doing what is needed to ensure that the Society remains the thought-leader for the HR profession.  For more on the new SHRM certification, please visit  Please address all questions you may have about this announcement to eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.

Thank you,

Elissa C. O'Brien, SPHR
Vice President of Membership