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Certification February 2016 Update

SHRM Certification Exams

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are based on the SHRM BoCK and its two major aspects of modern HR practice, competencies and knowledge. The exams contain two types of questions:
Knowledge Items, which cover the four Knowledge Domains (People, Organization, Workplace, and Strategy) associated with the SHRM BoCK’s Technical Knowledge competency. Knowledge items assess candidates' understanding of factual information.
Situational Judgment Items, assesses the candidate's judgment and decision-making skills associated with situations calling for proficiency in the behavioral competencies. 
Breakdown of Testing-Time:
  • Introduction & Instructions: 12 minutes
  • Exam Questions: 3 hours and 40 minutes
  • Survey: 8 minutes
Candidate Performance Report
SHRM has introduced a new developmental and strategic tool, the Candidate Performance Report.  Examinees may access their individual reports on the SHRM Certification Portal, under the "Results" tab.

The new reports offer valuable information, previously unavailable to test-takers, about their actual scores, specific areas for improvement, and resources for further study. All examinees, successful or not, will benefit from such enhanced performance insights. Those who passed will be able to continue building their competencies, and those who missed the mark will have a guide to help them plot their retesting strategies.

1)  Score: The examinee's individual score, ranging from 120 to 200, is the most important item provided. Unsuccessful examinees will now have a precise scoring scale (see below) by which to measure just how far they were from attaining their SHRM credential. (Passing candidates automatically receive a score of 200.)

2)  Developmental feedback: Knowing the areas in which you scored best and worst on the exam helps you maintain your proficiencies in the former, and work to become more proficient in the latter. The new report gives examinees specific feedback on their individual performance in each of the five knowledge domains—People, Organizations, Workplace, Strategy, and Behaviors—relative to a correlated passing score (see below). Where you performed well, the domain is noted as an "area of strength." Where you performed poorly, the domain is noted as an "area to improve." Each data point shows exactly how close—or far—you were from achieving a perfect score in each domain.
3)  Resources: Additional tools for building proficiency ensure a successful development journey. Your individual report provides information on how to take advantage of SHRM Certification resources, including websites, handbooks, Learning Systems, community groups, and more. The SHRM Certification LinkedIn Group, in particular, offers a forum in which to share your experiences with SHRM and other SHRM credential holders.

For Additional Information:
For details on the new Candidate Performance Report, email certification@shrm.org or call 1-800-283-7476.
Information on the SHRM Certification eligibility, application process, and deadline dates may be found at: www.shrmcertification.org.
Information on 2016 SHRM Certification Scholarships for SHRM members to support their pursuit of professional SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification may be found at:
http://www.shrm.org/about/foundation/scholarships/pages/shrmfdncertschol.aspx - click on Certification Scholarships.  Applications accepted May 2 – July 15, 2016.
Information on SHRM Student Member scholarships may be found at http://www.shrm.org/about/foundation/scholarships/pages/ags.asp.aspx
Submitted by
Susan Richardson, SHRM-CP, PHR 
WISHRM Certification Director


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Susan Richardson, PHR

Susan Richardson, PHR
WI State Council Certification Director
HR Results by Richardson LLC
P.O. Box 085206
Racine, WI 53408
Ph:  262.930.6246
Em: wishrmcertification@gmail.com
Term Began: 1/1/14
Susan Richardson, SHRM-CP is the owner of HR Results by Richardson LLC, a human resource consulting business established in 2006.  Susan has been a certified human resource professional since 1997 and earned her SHRM-CP certification in November 2014.  She is a national SHRM member and a member of the SHRM Racine and Kenosha Area (SRKA) chapter.  She is currently the Diversity CLA Director with SRKA.  Prior to this role she served 3 years as Workforce Readiness CLA Director, 2 years as Treasurer, and 2 years as Membership CLA Director.  Prior to the creation of the SRKA chapter, she was a member of the HRMA chapter.  Susan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has over 30 years of experience in the Human Resources field.

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