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HR Certifications

SHRM and HRCI

The following are the exam eligibility charts for two HR credentialing organizations offering Human Resources certifications: SHRM and HRCI. SHRM offers the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications, and HRCI offers the aPHR, PHR, and SPHR certifications as well as global credentials. These are different certifications with unique types of exam questions that require diverse study materials. For detailed information regarding these certifications, visit the SHRM website at (www.shrm.org) and/or the HRCI website at (www.hrci.org).



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

 * Less than a Bachelor’s Degree includes: Working toward a Bachelor's Degree; Associate's Degree; some college; qualifying HR Certificate Program; High School or GED.

**Student SHRM-CP Eligibility:  Studying in the final year of an HR Degree program, and having a minimum of 500 hours of relevant HR experience.


HRCI PHR AND SPHR ELIGIBILITY CHARTS

EXPERIENCE IN A PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL HR POSITION

Credential

Less than Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s Degree

PHR

4 years

2 years

1 year

SPHR

7 years

5 years

4 years

 

KNOWLEDGE-BASED CREDENTIAL-NON-EXEMPT LEVEL

Credential

Less than Bachelor’s Degree

 

aPHR

High school diploma/global equivalent for recent college graduates and other professionals

 



For more information, visit shrm.org.


 

Additional Resources 

SHRM Certification Suggested Learning Options: https://www.shrm.org/certification/learning/options/pages/default.aspx

 

SHRM Certification Education Partners: https://www.shrm.org/certification/learning/options/Pages/Partners.aspx

 

SHRM Certification Preparation Courses at UMBC Training Centers: http://www.umbctraining.com/Courses/Human-Resources

 

HRCI Certification Resources: https://www.hrci.org/our-programs/what-is-hrci-certification/certification-resources

 

Dual Certification Prep Course Boot Camp: HRA-NCA (DC SHRM Chapter) - Contact Jennifer Thornton at jthornton@stringfellowgroup.net

  

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