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Human Resources

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preparation Course

Do you have the necessary credential that establishes you as a recognized expert in the Human Resources field? HR Professionals like you face new and larger challenges daily due to a changing workforce, shifting legislation and regulations and so much more. Ensure you’re prepared for these changes, and anything else thrown your way with SHRM’s global HR credentials, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. By becoming SHRM certified, you prove your knowledge, competency, and value to colleagues and employers looking for a competitive edge in today’s global economy. Wherever your career takes you, your SHRM certification will define you as an HR expert and leader, and our course can help you get there. By combining expert instruction with the current SHRM Learning System, you will learn faster, retain more knowledge, and stay on track as you prepare for the examination.

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Course Outline

This 15-week, online live program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System including HR Competencies, People, Organization, and Workplace. You’ll be able to tap into the expertise and guidance of our highly experienced, SHRM-certified instructors who are ready to work with you to make sure you are prepared for success on your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. In addition to the included textbooks, you will have e-access to supplemental materials through an online portal.

Attendance is vital. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion and 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completing the course. Successful completion includes attending twelve of the fifteen sessions, completing the online coursework, and earning an 80% or better on the graded components. The online coursework is beneficial to your success in the class and in preparing for the certification exam.

Module 1: HR Competencies

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

Module 2: People

  • HR Strategic Planning
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Engagement & Retention
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards

Module 3: Organization

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

Module 4: Workplace

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

Who Should Attend

  • HR professionals qualified for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification who are preparing for the exam
  • Individuals who want advanced education and training for a successful HR career
  • HR professionals wanting a broader education or to update their HR knowledge
  • HR professionals who want to enhance their marketability by gaining current HR knowledge

*While there are not any prerequisites for this course, it should be understood that this course is oriented to prepare participants to take the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP examination.

Program Benefits

  • Recognized by HR and employers
  • Meets the highest standards
  • Expert instruction
  • Increase productivity in the workplace
  • Comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development
  • Gain a generalist point of view
  • Refresh key ideas and concepts
  • Strengthen understanding of core competencies
  • Earn recognition from the global community


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Suzanne “Suzi” Lemen

SHRM-SCP certification: SHRM-SCP – Senior Certified Professional of Human Resources

Suzi has been the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of DCSI since 1993. She has more than 36 years of experience in Human Resources. Before joining DCSI, Suzi was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Barnett Banks, Inc.

Liz Charron

Elizabeth “Liz” Charron

SHRM-SCP certification: SHRM-SCP – Senior Certified Professional of Human Resources

Liz is a Human Resources professional with over 20+ years of experience in the field and is an Enneagram-certified coach. Liz has directed HR activities in large corporate organizations and smaller, private businesses. She has been in charge of Human Resources for national call centers, a home improvement store chain, and restaurant chains. She is now the Senior People Services/Leadership Development Manager for a large national food chain.


Five starts

“This course gave me a great overall perspective of HR functions. Starting with the basic foundation of the Competencies really helped. Instructor’s knowledge and experience drove issues home and were easy to relate to.”
—Christy Eads, 2018 graduate

Five starts

“Very informative and supportive class. Very happy to have been part of it. I highly recommend.”
—Ivana Renier, 2018 graduate

Five starts

“Suzi and Liz had a way of converting the course content into real-world scenarios because they are so experienced. There were key nuggets, takeaways that will stick with me forever.”
—Tanishia Ravnell, 2018 graduate

  • What job titles are considered HR roles?

    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. If you have specific questions about your experience or which certification is right for you, review the eligibility requirements or contact for additional assistance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 7 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 a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holder, you have just taken your expertise to the next level.

  • 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 a 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.

  • What is the recertification process?

    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.
    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.

  • My employer won’t help pay for my certification — what alternative funding options are available?
    • Quantity discount: Gather a group of friends and co-workers who are looking for training. By registering together in groups of 3–5, you’ll save 10% per person. For groups of six or more, you’ll save 15% per person.
    • Tuition reimbursement: While some companies will not reimburse for training materials, they may offer tuition reimbursement.
  • 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 so will not be the same.

    How long after studying the program should I wait to take the exam? We recommend that you ensure your study plan provides time for you to take the post-test and then close any identified knowledge gaps before your exam. In addition to that, you 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. Ultimately, your schedule should account for this.

    Is it possible to prepare for the SHRM-SCP using only the BoCK? The SHRM BoCK was developed to identify the behavioral and technical competencies that are the foundation of effective HR job performance. It does not teach or thoroughly explain the concepts.