Program Overview

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP HR Certification Preparation

The SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Certified Professional (SHRM-CPSM) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCPSM) credentials are the new standard for all HR professionals around the globe. These HR certifications focus on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and competencies.

The SHRM Certified Professional course (SHRM 301-0) is offered twice per year in September and April. This intensive 36-hour program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

This course will be offered in Spring 2018. Registration will open in February.

SHRM 301-0 SHRM Certified Professional - Saturday. April 7 - Saturday, May 12, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (excluding Saturday, April 14)


The Value of SHRM HR Certification

Hear what Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP and president of HRU Technical Resources, has to say about the importance of SHRM certification in the marketplace.

SHRM 301-0 Program Audience

Individuals Seeking SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification

HR certification is a great choice for human resource professionals who want to increase their knowledge, advance their skills, and earn recognition from the global community.

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exam Eligibility Requirements

SHRM Certification Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to one 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.

For more information about the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials visit

Individuals Seeking Career Advancement

For those not seeking certification, the SHRM Certified Professional course (SHRM 301-0) provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core HR competencies and increase productivity.

Not sure which SHRM course is right for you? Compare programs and find out more.

SHRM 301-0 Course Content

HR Competencies

  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication


  • Talent Acquisition & Retention
  • Employee Engagement
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards


  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Technology & Data


  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)


  • Business & HR Strategy

As part of your course, you will receive the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. The curriculum is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK).

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.

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Kristin Byrnes "Having researched several options and locations to take a course, I decided on Northwestern and I can confidently say that I am completely satisfied with the results. Throughout the five week course, we covered all the major topics of the SHRM Learning System. To help focus our study our instructor, Kathleen Seebert, guided us in understanding the most important items. In addition to lecture, we were also able to have thoughtful discussions, review case studies, and take a practice exam to address any areas that required further development. Kathleen offered useful insight into the exam and question structure, so there were no surprises on test day.

I was able to be implement the knowledge gained in the class immediately into my day-to-day work. Another notable benefit of the class was how it changed my thinking to that of business strategy, which is a focus throughout the program. Overall, I feel that my job performance improved and I am now more confident in my decision making, thanks to the excellent foundation gained through this course and my subsequent certification. With that, I recommend this class to future SHRM-CP candidates as it will effectively prepare you not only for the actual exam, but set you up for success in your current position and future career goals."

— Kristin Byrnes, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager, The James Hotel

"The preparation course at Northwestern was instrumental to my success in passing the certification exam. I enjoyed being able to read the competency books and then participate in classroom discussions about the subject material. I believe the certification has expanded my HR knowledge and I would definitely recommend the SHRM Learning System to other SHRM-CP candidates."

— Kimberly Kerbrat, MHRM, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager, Om of Medicine

Program Completion

Certificate Requirements

To earn a "SHRM Certified Professional" certificate from Northwestern University, students are only required to successfully complete the SHRM 301-0 SHRM Certified Professional core course.

The SHRM 201-0 Essentials of HR Management core course is a separate program and is NOT required for this certificate.

Core Courses:

  • SHRM 201-0 Essentials of Human Resources
  • SHRM 301-0 SHRM Certified Professional