SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® Certification Preparation Course

Earn the new standard in HR certification and establish yourself as a globally recognized human resource expert.

The SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation Course is designed for candidates preparing for the professional HR certification exams administered by the SHRM Certification Commission.

Course topics include HR competencies, people, organization and workplace. HR professionals and business leaders who are not exam candidates but want an in-depth understanding of human resources may also enroll in this program.

Eligibility Criteria

This course is designed primarily for exempt and nonexempt level HR professionals seeking SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® certification. Candidates for certification must meet the eligibility criteria established by the SHRM Certification Commission.


The SHRM-CP certification is intended for individuals who perform general HR/HR-related duties, or for currently enrolled students and individuals pursuing careers in Human Resource Management.

Candidates for the SHRM-CP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles or a degree from an academically aligned program is recommended.

The SHRM-CP exam is designed to assess the competency level of HR at the operational level. This level includes implementing policies, supporting day-to-day HR functions, or serving as an HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders.


The SHRM-SCP certification is for individuals who have a work history of at least three years performing strategic level HR/HR-related duties, or for SHRM-CP credential holders who have held the credential for at least three years and are working in, or are in the process of transitioning to, a strategic level role.

Candidates for the SHRM-SCP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree to apply.

The SHRM-SCP exam is designed to assess the competency level of those who engage in HR work at the strategic level. Work at this level includes duties such as developing HR policies and/or procedures, overseeing the execution of integrated HR operations, directing an entire HR enterprise or leading the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they devoted at least 1,000 hours per calendar year (January–December) to strategic level HR/HR-related work. 

  • More than 1,000 hours in a calendar year does not equate to more than one year of experience.
  • Part-time work qualifies as long as the 1,000-hour per calendar year standard is met.
  • Experience may be either salaried or hourly.

Individuals who are HR consultants may demonstrate qualifying experience through the HR/HR-related duties they perform for their clients. Contracted hours must meet the 1,000-hour standard.

Course Overview

Price Discounts Modality Materials
$1,350 early bird if you register 30 days before the course
$1,450 standard price
SHRM members, NIU alumni, and NIU staff and students receive a discount Instructor-led online or in person Course materials and online resources included



I never worked so hard to pass a test but couldn't be happier. I went to every class, put in the work, and studied so hard because I feel so proud and would recommend taking the course and sitting through the exam to every HR professional out there!

Jaclyn O’Brien Mills

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