2015 Certification Information

SHRM-Info-Badge-FINALThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has announced the 2015 application deadlines and exam windows for the first year of its new certifications the SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Like the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), SHRM will offer spring and fall testing windows. Applications for the spring testing window will be accepted from January 5 to March 13, 2015, and April 17, 2015, is the late application deadline. Successful applicants will be able to take the exam between May 1 and July 15, 2015.

The exam fees are $300 for SHRM members and $400 for non-members. The test can be taken at one of four Prometric locations in Colorado, one in western Nebraska, and six in Arizona. Prometric is the same independent test-delivery organization that administers the HRCI suite of exams the PHR, SPHR, GPHR, and California PHR and SPHR. SHRM’s Learning System, which is developed by third party Holmes Corporation, is now available for preorder on the SHRM website.

HRCI’s application deadlines for the 2015 spring testing window are currently the same as SHRM’s and the testing window is May 1 to July 31, 2015, for the PHR and SPHR, and May 1 to June 30, 2015, for the GPHR and California exams. The cost to sit for these exams is $400 for the PHR, $525 for the SPHR, and $325 for the GPHR and California PHR and SPHR. There are association member discounts of $50. HRCI lists several resources to help prepare to take their exams at http://www.hrci.org/exam-preparation/preparationresources-for-candidates-and-instructors.

The information in this article was current at the time it was written, but SHRM and HRCI may change, fees, deadlines, and exam times at their discretion.