Do You Qualify for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Credentials?
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Welcome to Morgan’s handy guide to assessing your eligibility for the SHRM certifications. Your academic and professional background both count when it comes to assessing your eligibility, so we’ve made it easy by breaking it down according to your academic background.
If you have less than a bachelor’s degree
You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for SHRM certifications, but your academic background will still play a role in determining your required professional experience. First up let’s explore your position if you have an HR-related* degree – this could be, for example, an associate degree in HR management, administration, or something similar. If this is the case you’ll need to have three years of experience in an HR role to qualify for the CP, or six years of experience in an HR role for the CSP. If your qualification is not HR-related, you’ll need four years of HR experience for the CP, and seven years of HR experience for the CSP.
If you have a bachelor’s degree
If your degree is HR-related*, you’ll need one year in an HR role for the CP, or four years in an HR role for the SCP. If your degree is not HR-related, you’ll need two years in an HR role for the CP, or five years in an HR role for the SCP.
If you have a graduate degree
With an HR-related* master’s degree under your belt, you can be eligible for the CP if you’re currently in an HR role. For the SCP you’ll need three years in an HR role on top of your HR-related master’s. If you have a non HR-related degree, you’ll need one year of HR experience for the CP, and four years in an HR role for the SCP.
For all of the above you’ll need to show that you’ve worked more than 1,000 hours in any calendar year for it to equal one year of experience.
*To find out whether your academic qualification fits the criteria for being HR-related, we suggest contacting Morgan and we’ll be only too glad to help.
Find out whether you meet your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam requirements with Morgan’s Instant Eligibility Advisor.