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Why seek SHRM certification? 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.

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are your credentials, based on the current HR landscape. This certification is 100% focused on the competencies and knowledge all HR professionals need to lead in today’s business community.

SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) are based on one single, comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) and are relevant worldwide, giving professionals the recognition and flexibility to use their knowledge, skills and competencies anywhere their career takes them.

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP tests HR competencies as well as knowledge, and their application, to ensure the professional’s ability to demonstrate what they know, and what they can do with their knowledge in the variety of situations they encounter.

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

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recognize diversity in the HR profession. The eligibility requirements minimize barriers to participation and reflect current HR roles. The exam windows provide accessibility and flexibility for all eligible professionals worldwide. In addition, the new exam is affordable, making certification attainable by more professionals.

SHRM believes that HR certification must be as inclusive and diverse as the profession itself. The SHRM certification is applicable across industries, geographic borders, job responsibilities and career levels. 

By creating a consistent certification path for HR professionals around the world, SHRM will deliver a new global standard. To ensure worldwide recognition of the new certification, SHRM has begun the process to obtain accreditation of the certification program according to standards for educational and psychological testing defined by the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement and Education. 


Congratulations on choosing to pursue the next-generation credentials in the field of human resources-the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP! 

APPLY NOW (Note: The 2017 Exam application deadlines close Mar. 24, Apr. 14, Oct. 20 and Nov. 10 at 11:59 PM, ET.)

Spring Exam Window: May 1, 2017 - July 15, 2017
Applications Accepted - Jan 3
Regular Application Deadline - Mar 24
Late Application Deadline - April 14
Winter Exam Window: December 1, 2017 - February 15, 2018
Applications Accepted - May 15
Regular Application Deadline - Oct 20
Late Application Deadline - Nov 10


HRCI's New aPHR Certification? Get the Right Start in HR

Embarking on a new human resource management career and new to the field of HR? HRCI's Associate Professional in Human Resource™ (aPHR™) is the perfect certification for you!

The aPHR represents the industry’s first-ever HR certification designed for practitioners who are just beginning their HR professional journey. HRCI will begin accepting aPHR applications in April. If you are interested in participating in the aPHR pilot program, please complete your request below. 

Why did HRCI develop the aPHR? Our conversations with the HR community indicates a growing need for an entry-level HR certification program such as the aPHR. CHROs tell us there is a huge benefit in putting new HR leaders on a successful course to certification and continuous learning ? right from the start. The aPHR will help newly graduated HR students and professionals make more productive transitions into the HR field. 

How will I benefit from the aPHR? With the aPHR, you will start your HR career off right. You will demonstrate:

  • Mastery of foundational HR knowledge based on the most trusted and credible HR certification authority, HRCI
  • Commitment and passion ? not only to enter the HR practice, but to remain in the practice as a dedicated and continuous-learning contributor.
  • Confidence to stay on a successful HR career path – always growing through real-world experience and along the way earning HRCI’s more advanced credentials such as the PHR, SPHR and GPHR. 


Who is eligible? You are eligible if you are interested in pursuing a career in HR management and you have a high school diploma or equivalent. This is the perfect program for recent college graduates, armed services men and women who want to make the transition to a civilian profession and other professionals seeking a career transition into the HR field. The pilot program will only be available in the United States. In April, aPHR testing will be available worldwide (basic knowledge of U.S.-based HR laws will be required of all participants).

How much does it cost to participate in the pilot program? For a limited time, the pilot program will be accepting applications. The pilot fee is $200 to participate (the $75 application fee will be waived).  In April, the exam fee will be $325, plus a non-refundable $75 application fee. For more information on the aPHR, read our Press Release.

When can I register? Registration for the aPHR pilot program begins on February 16. For updates and reminders, please fill out the form below. 

- See more at: http://www.hrci.org/aphr#sthash.O82sJU6l.dpuf


The SHRM Certifications will become the new standard for HR professionals around the globe, as it is among the first HR certifications that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and competencies. This certification program was built with employers in mind, will help set the global standard for excellence in HR, and aims to grow certification throughout the HR profession. 

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.

Choosing a Certification

More info:  800-444-5006, Option 2 or 651-905-2663

The SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP 

Quick Overview

    • Printed workbooks
    • Mobile accessibility for on-the-go studying
    • HR skills application and testing software
    • Online Resource Center
    • Flashcards and glossary of key terms
    • Special member savings available immediately by ordering your membership and product selection together 




Let University of Arkansas Fayetteville's expert instructors guide you to your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification. Expand your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies to make an immediate impact on your job and excel in your career. Make this the year to earn your SHRM credentials! This course will help you acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies which originate from the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) to help you prepare for the exam - all while engaging in peer discussions to help reinforce learning materials. 

For more information: http://training.uark.edu/professional-development/shrm_hr_certiļ¬cation.php


WCASHRM's 2017 Certification Director:

Linda Heitz, SHRM-CP, PHR
Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
239 Central Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Phone: 501-601-2542
e-mail: lheitz@arlingtonhotel.com