The SHRM Certification Pathway process is your way as someone who has already obtained their PHR/SPHR (obtained on/before January 31, 2015 and your credential is in good standing) to also obtain the new SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP for those with their PHR, SHRM-SCP for those with their SPHR; there isn’t a GPHR equivalent at this time) FOR FREE THOURGH DECEMBER 31, 2015.

The SHRM Certification Pathway is now available at:

All you need to do go to the website above and “Get Started” and from there you will most likely create an online account then once you get that setup you can being the Pathway process.  Through this you will 1) certify your HRCI certification is in good standing, 2) acknowledge/sign the SHRM Code of Ethics, and 3) participate in SHRM’s online HR competency tutorial (the pathway – it is not an exam/test nor is it pass/fail.)  After completing all three (3) requirements between now – December 31, 2015 you will have obtained the new SHRM certification for FREE.

The SHRM Certification Pathway Tutorial is only available in 2015 – so plan to participate in the SHRM Pathway ASAP.  After you’ve completed the pathway and have your new SHRM Certification – let IndySHRM know (317-841-3236) or update your IndySHRM membership profile online.  For those IndySHRM members who complete the SHRM pathway and obtain your new SHRM Certification between January 5 – June 30, 2015…you will be entered to participate in a special promotion/prize drawing so let us know when you obtain your new SHRM credential through the Pathway/tutorial process. 


SHRM’s certification will have a three (3) year recertification cycle (recertification is $100 for national SHRM members and $150 for non-members) and will follow the birthday rule (like HRCI now does.)  For example, if a current PHR/SPHR certified individual (who was born in the month of November) obtains the new SHRM certification in February 2015 – the three (3) year recertification cycle would be valid until February 2018, but since they have a November birthday…their recertification cycle actually then goes from February 2018 to November 2018.  Recertification requires 60 Professional Development Credits (PDCs – individuals have three (3) years to obtain 60 PDCs.)

NOTE:  Only PDCs obtained after you’ve received the SHRM certification count toward the SHRM certification recertification.  Both HRCI’s and SHRM’s recertification process is independent of one another (but programming may be certified for recertification through both HRCI and SHRM) and each has its own recertification application cost associated with it (so you will need to pay two (2) separate recertification fees to recertify both of your certifications.)

HR professionals can obtain/maintain BOTH the HRCI and SHRM certification credential.

For 2015, both national SHRM and IndySHRM will continue to provide HRCI recertification credits in addition to offering SHRM PDCs for the new SHRM certification.

Please share this information with your PHR/SPHR certified coworkers/colleagues.

Fall 2015 Certification Study Group(s)

IndySHRM is planning to offer (assuming there is enough interest) a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group in the fall (September – November) for those interested in obtaining the new SHRM Certification.  You can learn more about the new SHRM Certification at (you can also check exam eligibility requirements at  The first SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification testing window is May 1, 2015 – July 15, 2015 and the IndySHRM fall study group will be helping participants prepare for SHRM’s December 1, 2015 – February 15, 2016 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP testing window.

Remember, if you have/obtained your PHR/SPHR certification prior to January 31, 2015 and it is in good standing – you can earn the SHRM Certification NOW (through December 31, 2015), for FREE, by participating in the SHRM Certification Pathway (currently PHR certified professionals can obtain the SHRM-CP certification and SPHR certified professionals can obtain the SHRM-SCP) at then “Get Started”

Additionally, if you (or someone you know) is interested in participating in a PHR/SPHR study group in the Fall 2015 (August – October/November) please let us know so we can determine if there is enough interest for a PHR/SPHR study group this fall.  This study group will help those prepare to take HRCI’s PHR/SPHR exam November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016.  You can learn more about the PHR/SPHR certifications at and check exam eligibility at

If you are interested in learning more about the Fall 2015 certification study groups – either the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification and/or HRCI’s PHR/SPHR – please email our IndySHRM Director of Certification, Jennifer Lange, PHR, SHRM-CP, at so you can receive more information as it becomes available.

Volunteer Call Out – Certified HR Professionals –

IndySHRM hopes to offer both a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group this fall as well as a PHR/SPHR study group.  If you are currently a certified professional (PHR/SPHR certified to facilitate a module or two for the PHR/SPHR study group and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified for the SHRM certification study group) who is not only passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, but who are also subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline to facilitate a unit or two this fall (August/September – October/November 2015) please reach out to our IndySHRM Director of Certification, Jennifer Lange, PHR, SHRM-CP, at

Assuming we have enough interest in the SHRM certification this fall, we will most likely host a study group that will meet weekly for 9 – 12 weeks (specifics TBD) and we will use the SHRM Learning System materials to facilitate the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group.  For the PHR/SPHR study group we will be using materials from Human Resources Certification Preparation ( and this study group will meet one night a week for 12 weeks (specifics TBD).