SCEIS Training Accreditation and Recognition Certification

STAR is designed to identify SCEIS users who have completed specific training requirements in SCEIS HR and payroll modules and can demonstrate their knowledge by passing a certification exam.  

HR and Payroll Learning Paths

SCEIS offers STAR certification to HR and payroll users in the following learning paths:


é  Organizational Management and Personnel Administration

é  Time and Leave Management

é  Benefits and Payroll Administration


Users receive STAR certification by:


1.    Completing all courses in the chosen learning path. Click here to view the required courses for each learning path.

2.    Holding applicable SCEIS security roles that correspond with the learning path.

3.    Having two or more years of experience within those security roles.

4.     Scoring 80% or higher on the certification exam. Exams are administered at the SCEIS office in May of each year.

STAR Benefits

é  Upon completing all requirements, users will receive a framed program certificate during the certification ceremony.

é  The STAR certification will be recorded in the employees’ HR records in SCEIS for Certification and Licensing.*

é Users can promote their STAR certification on resumes and applications for state job opportunities. This may be especially important as more agencies note STAR certification as a preferred qualification. 

Application Information

SCEIS will begin accepting applications for the May 2023 STAR certification exams on September 1, 2022. Applications for the May 2023 exams are due by December 1, 2022. Click on the links below to access applications for each learning path.


STAR Benefits and Payroll Administration Certification Application (PDF 183kb PDF)

STAR Organizational Management and Personnel Administration Certification Application (185kb PDF)

STAR Time and Leave Administration Certification Application (184kb PDF)

Validity Period and Recertification

STAR certification remains valid for five years. Users who wish to renew their certification must complete any new or significantly updated courses required by SCEIS and retake the exam.

Important Dates

  • September 1, 2022: SCEIS begins accepting applications for the May 2023 STAR certification exams.
  • December 1, 2022: Applications are due for the May 2023 STAR certification exams.
  • December 1, 2022, through January 15, 2023: SCEIS will review applications and validate that applicants meet all STAR requirements.
  • January 15, 2023: SCEIS will notify applicants about their eligibility status. Applicants will receive a notice indicating if they are eligible for certification or if they are missing requirements.
  • February 2023: A mandatory candidate meeting will be held. SCEIS will provide exam information and links to current training materials.
  • May 2023: STAR certification exams will be administered.


There is no fee to apply for or take a STAR certification exam.


*HR professionals will add the STAR certificate to Infotype 0795 for Certification and Licensure.