Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 SHRP Application: a two-phase process

A senior HR professional is a person who, through their personal attributes and achievements, has reached the upper echelons of the profession. Although most senior HR professionals will be found in the corporate world, Senior Professionals are also found in other settings such as consulting.

The Senior Human Resources Professional designation involves a two-step assessment process.

Phase one – Self-assessment

The first step is a self-assessment based on markers of seniority. These include experience, title, education, compensation, and both the scale and scope of your role in your organization. Additional consideration is given to CHRP designation holders. When answering, please refer to your most senior position, even if you are no longer in that role.

-- Important Instructions for Consultants --

For consultants who may not work in large organizations today, it is very important that you describe past organizational roles and the scope of the roles you play for the organizations you typically work with.

Based on the self-assessment, candidates are placed into one of three categories:

  1. Those that are most likely to meet the criteria,
  2. Those who might or might not meet the criteria, and
  3. Those that are unlikely to meet the criteria.

The two-step process was designed because the application and assessment phase requires an investment of time. The self-assessment gives an idea of whether it would be worthwhile to complete an application. It also helps potential candidates determine whether the SHRP is the right designation for them. In the end, the decision is made by the reviewing panel; but the self-assessment gives a useful indication of the likely outcome of the panel assessment.

The fact that a candidate may not meet the requirement at a given time does not mean that the same candidate may not meet the requirement at some later time.

Phase two – Application and Assessment

Depending upon the outcome of your self-assessment, you will be invited to continue the application process. Phase two of the process consists of a detailed application that will be emailed to you within three business days. A sample of it can be seen here. You can provide documents that support your experience, capability and accomplishments as a senior HR leader, and you will be asked to supply references who can comment on them.

Your application will be subject to assessment by a panel. The panel is made up of senior HR professionals who have been trained in the SHRP designation assessment process. The panel will consider six dimensions. These dimensions are:

Trusted advisor is the ability to establish oneself as a business partner. Being a trusted advisor is not only a matter of the advice itself but how it is given;

Leadership refers to the ability to influence and engage others in the pursuit of specific objectives. This influence can be accomplished in many ways including mentoring and coaching others or thought leadership;

Strategic Orientation is the ability to link long-range visions and concepts to daily work, ranging from a simple understanding to a sophisticated awareness of the impact of the world at large on strategies and on choices;

Breadth of knowledge refers to knowledge but not in a textbook sense. An understanding of how things work in HR and in business—this breadth of experience comes from having worked through business challenges—and commitment to continuous development in the application of knowledge to create solutions and recommendations;

Ability to build HR strategy that aligns to business. Able to set a direction. Has a clear sense of what needs to be done, what the best course of action is. Able to develop a multi-pronged and articulated response to various HR challenges;

Impact and influence. Ability to deal with organization-wide challenges. Able to size up organization-wide problems. Understands what kinds and level of investments (effort, talent, and budget) need to be made to achieve certain objectives. Knows how to coordinate action across teams and departments. This individual is a catalyst for alignment and change. Establishes partnerships. Is adaptable.

In each case, the panel determines whether the candidate has demonstrated these dimensions to the level expected of a senior HR professional.

You will hear about your application within a month or two of submission, depending on meeting dates of the assessment panel and reference checks.


If the application is approved, the new SHRP will be charged a one-time fee of $350 to cover administrative costs.

The self-assessment tool requires Abobe Flash to be installed on your computer. If you do not have Flash installed, click to install it.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Registrar.

I want to