SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP HR Certification Preparation
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.
Registration for Spring 2017 is open!
Spring 2017 course dates
- April 8–May 20, 2017 (All day on Saturdays for 6 weeks — no class on 4/15)
Register by Friday, March 24 to save your seat!
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
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.
SHRM 301-0 Course Content
- Leadership & Navigation
- Ethical Practice
- Business Acumen
- Relationship Management
- Critical Evaluation
- Global & Cultural Effectiveness
- 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
"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
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.