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SHRM Learning System

You are the future. Invest in yourself with SHRM Certification!

Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

Increase your chances of passing your exam by attending our upcoming certification prep course. An expert, SHRM-certified instructor will be on hand to answer your questions, guide you through interactive discussions, review sample test questions, and provide exclusive test-taking tips.

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12 – Week Course Registration Now Open! Class begins September 13, 2023


Personalized and Flexible

Finding the time to focus on career training can be tough when you’re managing a busy workday and responsibilities at home. Stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience and support.

Affordable Programs

We are committed to keeping your course fees as low as possible while helping you reach your SHRM Certification or professional development goals.  We can also help you take advantage of student discounts and funding options available to you.

1-on-1 Support

Gain guidance from our SHRM-certified instructors to help you comprehend and learn to apply your new HR knowledge.  Network with peers to share real-life examples and bring HR knowledge and competencies to life.

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The SHRM® Learning System® covers the comprehensive SHRM BASK so you’ll learn everything you need for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® exam. Download your free copy of the 2022 SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge Roadmap for a Career in HR.

Which Certification is right for you?

SHRM offers two premier certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

  • The SHRM-CP is right for you if you’re new to HR or have zero to two years of experience, and your HR responsibilities are tactical in nature. This certification assesses your HR competencies and skills at an operational level. The SHRM-CP does not require you to currently be in an HR job or have an HR job title, but it is recommended to have a working knowledge of HR principles prior to testing.
  • The SHRM-SCP is the best fit if you’ve been in a strategic-level position for at least 3 years, or have held the SHRM-CP for at least 3 years are have actively been developing into a strategic-level role. The SHRM-SCP certification validates your skills at a strategic level, including duties such as developing HR policies, overseeing the entire, integrated HR enterprise or leading the alignment of HR strategies within your organization. This certification requires applicants to dedicate at least 1,000 hours per year to strategic-level HR-related work.


Test Windows and Registration Dates

First Test Window: May 1 – July 15, 2023

Applications Accepted Starting:
January 4, 2023

Early Bird Application Deadline:
March 18, 2023

Regular Application Deadline:
April 8, 2023

Second Test Window: December 1, 2023 – February 15, 2024

Applications Accepted Starting:
June 1, 2023

Early Bird Application Deadline:
September 11, 2023

Regular Application Deadline:
November 9, 2023

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Application Process

To apply for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam, please follow the eight-step process below:

 2 Create a user account. Enter your name as it appears on your unexpired original government-issued ID. (Name on ID must be represented in Latin characters). 
 3 During an open registration window, select SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam.
 4 Complete the application form with your eligibility, job, and demographic information.
If you require testing accommodations, complete and submit the Testing and Certification Accommodations Request Form at the time of application submission.
 5 Sign the affirmation statement agreeing to abide by:
  SHRM Code of Ethics
  SHRM Privacy Policy
  Policies and procedures outlined in the SHRM Certification Handbook
 6 Submit payment for your exam.
 7 Upon verification and/or successfully completing an audit, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter via e-mail within 10 business days.
 8 After receiving your ATT letter, schedule your exam with SHRM’s test delivery vendor at or call 888.736.0134.

Exam Application Audits

SHRM will randomly audit a percentage of applications during each testing window. Candidates will be responsible for providing the requested supporting documentation to verify their years of HR experience and degree obtained (if applicable). SHRM’s practice is not to contact employers or educational institutions to obtain verification documentation on the candidate’s behalf. Failure to comply with the audit, and/or falsification or misrepresentation of the requested information, will result in denial of the application and/or revocation of the authorization to test. Candidates subject to audit will be notified by e-mail and will have 10 business days to respond. Once selected for audit, candidates will be required to satisfy the audit requirements before being able to continue with the certification process. Failure to comply with the audit will result in forfeiting all fees. Additionally, a candidate who does not comply with the audit will be subject to audit if reapplying for a future testing window.

For questions or technical support, please contact or 800.283.7476, option #3 or +1.703.548.3440, option #3.

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“When I bid for contracts, I have to tell them who’s going to be working on that contract. If I can submit someone who has their SHRM certification, hands down we win…You have to have that SHRM certification!”

— Dethra Giles, SHRM-SCP


Frequently Asked Questions

What job titles are considered HR roles?

HR experience may be classified directly—working in an HR role—or indirectly, by consulting, educating or researching HR practices linked specifically to human resource management. If you have specific questions about your experience or which certification is right for you, review the eligibility requirements or contact for additional assistance.

Will certification add to my credibility?

Achieving accreditation is important to SHRM because it provides SHRM-certified professionals and their employers with the assurance that SHRM’s credentials meet the high standards expected and needed to advance the HR profession.

What is the difference between SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP?

The SHRM-CP credential is designed for HR professionals who are engaged primarily in operational roles—implementing policies, serving as the HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders, and/or performing day-to-day HR functions. If this is your focus, the SHRM-CP is likely your best option.

The SHRM-SCP certification is designed for HR professionals at a senior level who operate primarily in a strategic role—developing policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of HR operations, analyzing performance metrics, and/or contributing to the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals. Learn more about Selecting the Right Exam. 

If I earn the SHRM-CP, when can I earn my SHRM-SCP?

If you meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the SHRM-SCP exam, you can apply for the SHRM-SCP exam. Learn more about the eligibility requirements

How is the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP different from PHR/SPHR?

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are different from the HRCI credentials in several ways. Ultimately, the difference lies in focus and backing. Focus SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are behavioral competency-based and focused not only on affirming an HR professional’s knowledge of HR policy and practice but also on their ability to apply that knowledge in the workplace. This is what makes it a powerful tool for employers. 

Backing SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are the only credentials backed by SHRM, which means you have the power of the SHRM brand behind you (an organization with over seven decades of serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management). When people see the SHRM name after your title, they know they’re dealing with a level of expertise that can be matched by no other. As an SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holder, you have just taken your expertise to the next level.

Is the SHRM exam included with this course?

This course does not include the final exam or exam fee. Practice exams are included, however.

Do I need to purchase the SHRM Learning System separately?

No. The SHRM Learning System is included with this program. There are no additional costs.

What is the passing score for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam?

The passing score and all candidate results on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP are reported as scaled scores. The range of possible scores for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams is 120 to 200; all candidates who pass the exam receive the maximum score of 200. The number of questions that have to be answered correctly varies depending on which form of the CP or SCP examination a candidate takes. The passing score is equal to a scale score of 200.

If I just barely miss the SHRM-SCP, do I get the SHRM-CP based on my score?

No. The SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP exams are two separate and different exams. If a candidate does not pass the SHRM-SCP exam, they do not earn an SHRM-CP credential.

What is the recertification process?

  1. 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. 
  2. Retake the certification exam at the end of the 3-year recertification period.

If you plan on retaking the exam to renew your certification please contact for additional assistance. Learn more about the recertification process at

Can I earn recertification credits taking this course?

If you have already earned the SHRM Certification, you can obtain up to 36 professional development credits if you are attending this program for professional development only.

How long is the course?

12 Weeks with 3-hour sessions.

How long should I commit to studying? How many hours a day?

While your study efforts will be dependent on your knowledge of the content, we generally recommend that you study an overall minimum of 60 hours to adequately prepare for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. Your time could be reduced if you feel comfortable with a particular area. 

One of the unique tools within the Learning System is a SmartStudy tool that provides you with a detailed plan to study based on your current experience and knowledge since the recommended time will vary based on those factors.

Is the SHRM Learning System included in the price of the instructor-led course or do I have to buy the self-study version if I want these tools?

Yes, each of the learning options utilizes the SHRM Learning System. The instructor-led participant will receive the additional guidance of a qualified instructor in a structured classroom environment and the ability to network with peers. 

Is it possible to prepare for the SHRM-SCP using only the BASK?

The SHRM BASK was developed to identify the behavioral and technical competencies which are the foundation of effective HR job performance. It does not teach or thoroughly explain the concepts.

What percentage should I get in the LS questions before I’m “ready” for the exam?

You should strive for 80%, but be careful that you’re not answering the questions correctly from memory. One way to ensure you truly understand the concepts is to take the other level’s post-test; you will receive a unique set of questions on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP tests. 

Are the practice questions like the actual exam questions?

The SHRM Learning System and the certification exams include both knowledge and situational judgment questions. The formatting is similar, however, they are developed by two separate entities and so the tests will not be exactly the same. The practice exam consists of items that have previously been used on actual SHRM certification exams and are scored in the same manner as those exams.

Are there any other types of resources to practice test questions?

There are sample exam questions available in the certification handbook, within the SHRM Learning System, and on

How long after studying for the program should I wait to take the exam?

You also will want to balance the retention of information leading up to your exam, therefore we do not recommend a large gap in time between studying and sitting for the exam. 

We recommend that you ensure that your study plan provides time for you to take the post-test and then close any identified knowledge gaps. After the additional review, we recommend you take the practice exam, which consists of items that have previously been used on actual SHRM certification exams and are scored in the same manner as those exams.

Do you get a break during the four hours of testing?

No breaks are scheduled during the exam. Candidates who have to leave the testing room to take a break will not be given extra time on the exam. Candidates may not leave the testing facility during a break. Learn more about taking the exam by downloading the SHRM Certification Handbook.

How soon do you know if you passed or not?

  1. Candidates will get a preliminary result immediately after the test. Official scores will come about 3-4 weeks after the close of the testing window. 

If I don’t pass the exam, how long do I have to retake the exam?

Candidates who are unsuccessful on the exam may take it again during a future exam window. Testing in the same window is not permitted. Candidates who wish to retest are required to apply as a new candidate, which includes remittance of the full examination fee. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can re-apply and test.

How do I register for the exam?

To register for the exam you will need to complete an application through SHRM.  You can start this process by visiting

What if I already own the SHRM Learning System?

Contact us at or (912) 478-6005 to find the best learning options for you.

Can the SHRM Learning System be shared?

No, the SHRM Learning System is licensed to an individual user and cannot be transferred or shared.  

How do I attend a class?

You have either an option to register for and attend face-to-face sessions in Savannah or a virtual class.

Can I ask the instructor questions during the online sessions?

Yes, there will be opportunities to ask direct questions as well as a chat function so you can list questions so the instructor or other classmates can respond.

My employer won’t help pay for my certification. What alternative funding options are available?

  1. Tuition reimbursement: While some companies will not reimburse for training materials, they may offer tuition reimbursement.
  2. Loans: For professional training and trade certificate courses. Get the money you need, plus features that can help make your education possible. A career training student loan can help you build credit, and Sallie Mae will help you track it with free access to your FICO® Scores, updated quarterly. Visit the Sallie Mae website for more information.
  3. SHRM scholarships: SHRM offers various scholarships for professional development and certification. For more information visit the SHRM Scholarship site.

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For questions or more information about the course,
contact the program manager, Dr. Deedee Southerlin at For assistance with registration, call (912) 478-5551.

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Last updated: 9/29/2023