The SHRM-SCP certification is for individuals that have a work history of at least 3 years performing strategic level HR/HR-related duties; or for SHRM-CP credential holders who have held the credential for at least 3 years and are working in, or are in the process of transitioning to, a strategic level role.

  • Candidates for the SHRM-SCP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they devote at least 1,000 hours per calendar year to strategic level HR/HR-related work.



Overview of SHRM Exams - SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

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SHRM-SCP Pass Rate as of Jan. 2022

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What's on the SHRM-SCP exam?

The SHRM-SCP exam covers a knowledge base that includes HR, business, compliance, HRBP, ethics, diversity, and employment law. This is discussed in the Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (BaSK). Access the BaSK here. To learn more specifics on what is covered in the SHRM-SCP exam, you can view our free Insider Secrets webinar series.

We offer a SHRM webinar that discusses many of the exam foundations in more detail. Click the link to sign up below.

Testing Windows and Fees for the SHRM Exams

Each exam requires that HR professionals apply for the exam and pay a fee. The application will ask about your work history, including experience working in HR and your educational background.

For SHRM, the testing windows are Spring and Fall.


2022 Spring Testing Window: May 1 – July 15, 2022

Applications are accepted beginning January 6, 2022. The early bird application deadline is March 20, 2022 and the standard application deadline is April 10, 2022.


2022-2023 Winter Testing Window: Dec. 1, 2022 – Feb. 15, 2023

Applications are accepted beginning May 13, 2022. The early bird application deadline is October 16, 2020 and the standard application deadline is November 6, 2022.


Details about SHRM Exam Fees and Application Process


Exam Fees SHRM Member Price Nonmember Price
Exam Fee (SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP) $300 USD $400 USD
Application Processing Fee (nonrefundable) $50 USD (included in exam fee) $50 USD (included in exam fee)
Late Application Fee (nonrefundable) $75 USD $75 USD
Transfer Fee $100 USD

(subject to additional $53 Prometric exam cancellation fee when applicable)

$100 USD

(subject to additional $53 Prometric exam cancellation fee when applicable)

Retest Fee Full exam fee Full exam fee
Rescore Fee $50 USD $50 USD


How Do I Study for the SHRM-SCP Exam?

First, assess your strengths and weaknesses by taking a self-assessment. This will help you understand what areas should be your primary focus for study. We recommend at least 12 weeks of studying 3-7 hours a week. In our signature HR review program, we offer a 12-week study schedule along with a self-assessment designed to help you organize and focus your study efforts on the areas where you need to shore up your knowledge.


How to Study and Prepare for the SHRM-SCP

Here are five things to consider that can help with your exam study and preparation.


#1 - Accountability and scheduling.

Having a plan (as opposed to a single deadline) can help keep you on schedule, especially when your time to study is limited to nights, weekends or your lunch hour. Programs like Workology's study prep break your studying down into manageable bites with multiple deadlines, setting up a series of accomplishment milestones as opposed to a singular finish date. This helps to ensure you have absorbed each section of exam prep as an item you can check off of a list, and holds you accountable for the deadline for each section.

#2 - Make time for studying.

Your job, especially if you’re already working in human resources at any level, tends to consume a large percentage of your time. If you’re looking into SHRM Certification, it means you’re also looking for ways to be more efficient with your time and better at your job. Like any type of training, in order to accomplish the goal, sometimes you have to prioritize tasks differently so you have time to study. Setting aside blocks of time and treating them as appointments you must keep can help move you forward in the learning process.

#3 - Studying regularly and consistently over time.

Consistency is key to retaining the information you learn. Following a regular study schedule and having a roadmap to follow, can help you retain the information you studied in the first week as well as you do that last. A learning roadmap, which is part of Workology's certification prep programs, gives you a solid foundation and each block of new information builds on what you previously learned, with real-world examples and solutions to situational questions. We offer this in every part of our SHRM certification prep programs.

#4 - A community of support is critical.

Having a method of communicating with like-minded people who are at a similar stage in their human resources career and can commiserate or share information about their study process can help keep you motivated. You’re not out there on your own and you’re not the only person who is struggling to keep up with a study workload along with a full-time job and family. An online community of people who are also studying for their SHRM Certification can be the support you need to keep up with your study schedule and a cheering section when it comes time to take your exam.

#5 - Adapting to your specific learning style.

There are seven types of learning styles, and you may fall under more than one. It’s important to know how you learn best in order to absorb information in the most efficient way. For example, visual learners have had great results with flashcards and aural learners study more effectively by listening to audio courses.



Visual Learning Using Pictures and Spacial Understanding


Aural Learning Means You Prefer Sound and Music


Physical Learners Prefer Using Their Body and Hands to Touch


Social Learners Prefer to Learn in Groups or with People


Verbal Learners Learn with Words Using Writing & Speech


Solitary Learners Prefer to Work Alone or Use Self-Study


Logical Leaners Rely on Logic, Reasons and Systems

Sample Test for SHRM-SCP Questions


SHRM's test questions are different even between the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. However, they both use a weighted scoring system and a score of 500 is passing.

Keep in mind that with the SHRM-SCP exam, 40% of your exam questions will be situational judgement test questions with more of a focus on complex behavioral competencies. Workology's prep programs offer sample situational judgement test questions along with a comprehensive strategy to help you answer correctly even if you are not completely confident about your answer. This can increase the chances that you will answer correctly and allow you to score higher and pass your exam.



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