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SHRM Learning System


Gain the credentials you need to distinguish yourself in the human resource field and advance your career with globally recognized training.

 
 

Further Your HR Expertise

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) certifications.

These professional certifications can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations, and signal to employers advanced professional development. They reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession.

Give yourself the best advantage possible by taking part in the leading SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preparation and professional development tool.

SHRM Partnership

Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, updated to reflect legislative changes and the latest HR developments

Ranked #1

The SHRM Learning System is historically ranked the #1 HR certification prep tool

Expert Instruction

Taught by well-respected, industry veteran JD Sanders

Why Enroll in Our Course?

Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) which encourages HR professionals to acquire the competencies and knowledge they'll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success. Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining the best exam preparation system with expert instruction and peer discussion.

As part of your course, you will receive the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. Comprised of comprehensive learning modules in print and e-reader formats, and advanced online resources, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning, and build confidence for passing the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam.

What You'll Learn

The SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP includes five modules covering the comprehensive SHRM BoCK, so you'll learn everything you need for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.

  • HR Competencies
    • Leadership & Navigation
    • Ethical Practice
    • Business Acumen
    • Relationship Management
    • Consultation
    • Critical Evaluation
    • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
    • Communication
  • People
    • Talent Acquisition & Retention
    • Employee Engagement
    • Learning & Development
    • Total Rewards
  • Organization
    • Structure of the HR Function
    • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
    • Workforce Management
    • Employee Relations
    • Technology & Data
  • Workplace
    • HR in the Global Context
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Risk Management
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)
  • Strategy
    • Business & HR Strategy

JD Sanders M. Ed, SPHR

JD Sanders, M.Ed., SPHR, is currently a Human Resource Business Consultant with over 20 years experience and founder of J.D. Sanders Consulting. He is a human resource leader with extensive expertise in strategic management, workforce planning, and integration both in large and small high tech companies, including five years with Silicon Graphics Inc. He has also held senior HR positions at Irwin Home Equity and Lam Research.

Sanders is known for the successful ability to align human resources with organization business objectives and leadership development. He has a Master of Education, Human Services and Human Resource Education from Boston University.

Among many recognitions, Sanders was named 2004 NCHRA Volunteer of the Year, is a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), SPHR California (SPHR-CA), Senior HR Generalist Certificate holder, SHRM Member, NCHRA Member, Former NCHRA Board Member, Former SCVC-NCHRA Chapter Chair, 15 years experience as an SPHR/PHR Certification Instructor (90+ Sessions).

Ready to Enroll?

Before enrolling, make sure to check out the eligibility requirements for each exam.

SHRM-CP Eligibility

If you are interested in taking the SHRM-CP exam, you will need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you have a graduate degree, you will need 1 year of experience in an HR role with a non-HR degree or to be currently in an HR role with an HR-related degree
  • If you have a bachelor's degree, you will need 2 years of experience in an HR role with a non-HR degree or 1 year of experience in an HR role with an HR-related degree 
  • If you have less than a bacherlor's degree, you will need 4 years of experience in an HR role with a non-HR degree or 3 years of experience in an HR role with an HR-related degree

SHRM-SCP Eligibility

If you are interested in taking the SHRM-SCP exam, you will need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you have a graduate degree, you will need 4 years of experience in an HR role with a non-HR degree or 3 years of experience in an HR role with an HR-related degree
  • If you have a bachelor's degree, you will need 5 years of experience in an HR role with a non-HR degree or 4 year of experience in an HR role with an HR-related degree 
  • If you have less than a bacherlor's degree, you will need 7 years of experience in an HR role with a non-HR degree or 6 years of experience in an HR role with an HR-related degree

Please note:

  • Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to 1 year of experience.
  • HR experience may be in an HR exempt or nonexempt capacity.
  • Applicants with a graduate degree (or global equivalency) in HR must currently be employed in an HR role.
  • HR experience may be classified directly as working in an HR role, or indirectly, by consulting, educating, or researching HR practices linked specifically to human resource management.
  • SHRM membership is not required.

Common Questions

Why has SHRM created its own credentials?

SHRM is committed to ensuring that the certification HR professionals achieve is the best in class and distinguishes them in the marketplace. Therefore, SHRM determined that it was necessary to move forward independently with the development of a competency-based certification, which is urgently needed for the advancement of the HR profession and HR practitioners.

What are the credentials?

The new SHRM credentials, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™), are competency and knowledge-based credentials that will be universally recognized.

What is the foundation for the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP?

SHRM conducted an intensive research study to define the Competencies and Knowledge relevant to today's global HR professional. Through these efforts, a clear picture emerged of what is expected of future HR professionals and leaders. The SHRM Body of Competency & KnowledgeTM (SHRM BoCKTM)—designed to elevate the HR profession around the world—forms the foundation for the new SHRM certification.

What is the foundation for the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP?

SHRM conducted an intensive research study to define the Competencies and Knowledge relevant to today's global HR professional. Through these efforts, a clear picture emerged of what is expected of future HR professionals and leaders. The SHRM Body of Competency & KnowledgeTM (SHRM BoCKTM)—designed to elevate the HR profession around the world—forms the foundation for the new SHRM certification. 

 

Who was involved in the research study?

This certification is the culmination of over three years of research, and based on the SHRM Competency Model, which was validated by more than 35,000 HR professionals around the world. These HR professionals identified the skills needed to grow and succeed in HR careers. Studies were conducted with four major corporations and four major research universities, including Walmart, Boeing, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, Lusiada University (Lisbon, Portugal), and University of North Carolina-Charlotte. 

Do I have to retest if I already hold an HR generalist certification?

No, SHRM understands the time and energy you've invested in obtaining your existing credentials. Beginning January 5, 2015, HR professionals with existing HR generalist certifications (you must have obtained your certification on or before January 31, 2015) that are in good standing, will be eligible for SHRM certification—at no cost—by completing the following by December 31, 2015:

  • Document that your current certification is in good standing.
  • Sign the SHRM Code of Ethics.
  • Complete a brief online tutorial on HR competencies. 

Where can I take the exam?

The exam will be offered at test centers around the world via Prometric. Visit prometric.com to find the exam location nearest you.

What is the cost to take the exam?

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are each $300 for SHRM members and $400 for nonmembers. (This price includes a $50 nonrefundable processing fee.) 

How long will the exam be? How many questions?

Candidates for the SHRM-CP exam will have 3 to 3-1/2 hours to answer a total of 160 questions. Candidates for the SHRM-SCP exam will have 3-1/2 to 4 hours to answer a total of 180 questions. 

How does the exam test HR Competencies?

Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) measure Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) and decision-making skills that cannot be easily measured by other aptitude tests (e.g., numerical, abstract or verbal). SJTs describe a work-related scenario that the test-taker might experience on the job and for each scenario, a variety of behavioral-based approaches to resolving the issues are suggested. Test-takers are asked to identify the most appropriate approach to resolving or addressing the scenario. Several questions may be based on the same scenario. SHRM has partnered with a premier test development organization with deep expertise in the design of situational judgment-based exams. 

Is there a credential for HR professionals whose organizational work is on a global scale?

There is not a separate credential—because the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are applicable across geographic borders, industries, job titles, and career levels. The exams cover the new global Body of Competency and Knowledge and are relevant worldwide, giving professionals the recognition and flexibility to use their knowledge, skills and competencies anywhere their career takes them. 

What are the benefits of preparing for my exam with a SHRM Education Partner Program?

SHRM Education Partner programs combine the comprehensive SHRM Learning System® for SHRMCP/SHRM-SCP—together with a structured classroom environment that ensures you stay on track with your studies. The program will be led by an experienced and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified instructor, and peer discussion will help reinforce your learning materials. Plus, tuition reimbursement may be available from your employer.

Will I need to recertify once I’ve earned my SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP?

Yes, SHRM believes that recertification is key to ensuring that your knowledge is current and skills are sharp. Credential holders must earn 60 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) within a 3-year recertification period that ends on the last day of the credential holder’s birth month (or retake the certification exam at the end of the 3-year recertification period.) SHRM has addressed the needs of HR professionals by creating three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders earn recertification credits: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization, and Advance Your Profession. These categories parallel the SHRM BoCK’s three main elements of Effective Individual Performance, Successful Business Outcomes, and Advancing the HR Profession. View the full Recertification Handbook at shrm.org/recertificationhandbook.

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At a Glance

Area of study: SHRM Learning System

Ideal for: Human resource practitioners, including directors, managers, vice presidents, and supervisors

Human resource educators, researchers, and consultants

Program format: In-person

Number of courses: 1 course

Program length: 12 weeks

Tuition costs: $1,095, including all course materials (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

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