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 SHRP Designation

Who is a Senior Human Resources Professional?

A senior HR professional is a person who, through 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 SHRP is a designation reserved for the HR​ profession's proven, high-impact leaders.


Finally, a designation that celebrates high-impact HR leadership!​​​​​​​​​​​

SHRP Application: A Two-Step Process

The application process for the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designation consists of two steps:

  1. ​Phase I: An online self-assessment and an initial review
  2. Phase II: Written application or oral presentation

Phase I: Online Self-assessment and Initial Review

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.

For consultants who may not work in a large organization today, it is very important that you describe the scope of the role you play for the organizations you typically work with.

The online self-assessment gives an initial indication of your eligibility for the SHRP designation. A score of ≥80 is required to move on to the initial review. The self-assessment tool requires Adobe Flash to be installed on your computer. If you do not have Flash installed, click to install it.

Access the Phase I Online Self-Assessment here

The initial review is intended to confirm that an applicant meets the minimum criteria for the SHRP designation and is eligible to proceed to Phase II. Applicants who have successfully passed the online self-assessment will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar and asked to submit a chronological resume as well as an organizational chart for their most senior HR position.

Your resume and organizational chart will be reviewed by an SHRP Review Panel. If the Panel determines that you meet the basic criteria for the SHRP designation, you will be invited to proceed with Phase II of the application process by either completing a written application or opting for an oral presentation.

The two-step process was designed because the application and assessment phase requires an investment of time. The self-assessment and initial review give 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.

Passing Phase I is not a guarantee though that your Phase II application will be successful. Phase I simply gives you 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 II – Written Application or Oral Presentation

Applicants who successfully completed Phase I will be invited to continue the application process. In Phase II, you have the choice of either submitting a written application or opting for an oral presentation. For both options you will be asked to provide two examples for each of the six SHRP dimensions as outlined in the SHRP Phase II Application. The only difference is that those who opt for a oral presentation will present their examples orally. The application is provided to everyone who qualifies through Phase I. Your examples should follow the STAR-framework: Situation – Task – Action – Result.

The assessment of your written application or the oral presentation will be conducted by an SHRP Review Panel. The panel is made up of three SHRP designates who have been trained in the SHRP designation assessment process.

The panel will consider the following six dimensions:

  • ​Leadership
  • Trusted advisor
  • Strategic orientation
  • Breadth of knowledge—not just in HR, but management generally
  • Ability to build HR strategy that aligns to business
  • Ability to have significant impact and influence across their organizations

In each case, the panel determines whether the candidate has demonstrated these dimensions to the level expected of a senior HR professional. The Phase II Grid provides information about the assessment criteria.

The results for written applications will be sent to you usually within 8 - 10 weeks after your Phase II application is submitted, depending on meeting dates of the assessment panel. Results for oral presentations will be sent to you usually within 2 -3 weeks after the presentation.

For more information, please have a look at the Guide to the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) Designation.


Generally, successful applications are levied a one-time administrative fee of $350 plus tax that must be paid before the designation can officially be granted. The fee will be waived if the application is submitted within 60 days of the applicant passing the initial review. There are no other fees associated with the SHRP designation except the annual membership dues.

The Invitation Route

Until now, the only way to earn the SHRP designation was to complete a two-step application process. Going forward, in addition to the regular application process, there will be an invitation process for exceptional candidates who more than meet the SHRP standard in all respects. Those individuals are carefully identified by Office of the Registrar staff and must meet all of the criteria outlined in the Guide to the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) Designation.

The list of potential candidates will be presented to an SHRP Review Panel for review. Candidates who obtain the approval of the SHRP Review Panel are contacted about their potential eligibility to receive an SHRP designation, provided information about the SHRP invitation process and asked to attest that they have senior level experience in the six SHRP dimensions.

Once a candidate returns the completed and signed attestation form a formal invitation is sent under the signatures of the Chair of the Board of Directors of HRPA and the CEO of HRPA. Upon acceptance by the candidate, and after confirming that the candidate is/has become a member of HRPA, the SHRP designation is granted.

Only a limited number of individuals will qualify for the invitation process. That does not mean that individuals who don't qualify for the by invitation route cannot obtain the SHRP designation. They are strongly encouraged to apply through either of the application routes (written submission or interview panel).

Being an SHRP

With SHRP recognition come certain responsibilities. SHRPs are leaders who welcome the opportunity to mentor up-and-coming, high-impact managers and they are encouraged to donate some of their time to participate in the SHRP Review Committee.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mara Berger, Coordinator, Office of the Registrar at​​​​​​​​​