Prepare for SHRM Certification

HR Certification Preparation Course


Purdue University Global is pleased to host Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) prep courses at select regional locations. SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Utilizing the SHRM’s preparation tools, these SHRM exam prep courses help HR professionals prepare for SHRM's competency-based certifications:

  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

By combining the 2019 SHRM Learning System with structured teaching, classroom discussions, and online prep course tools, we help keep you on track to pass the SHRM exam.

Who Should Enroll in the SHRM Essentials Course?

This two-day course provides an introductory overview of key HR topics and fundamental issues surrounding HR that you can apply directly to the situations that you face on the job. This course is ideal for individuals who are new to HR, small business owners, and professionals with HR responsibilities.

Who Should Enroll in the SHRM Exam Course?

The HR certification course is designed primarily for those seeking SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. According to the SHRM, certification is a great choice for HR professionals who seek to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community

Eligibility Requirements for SHRM Certification

HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
Less Than a Bachelor's Degree 3 years in HR role 4 years in HR role 6 years in HR role 7 years in HR role
Bachelor's Degree 1 year in HR role 2 years in HR role 4 years in HR role 5 years in HR role
Graduate Degree Currently in HR role 1 year in HR role 3 years in HR role 4 years in HR role
  • Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to 1 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 Prep Course Schedule

The SHRM-CP / SHRM SCP Certification Prep Course will be offered online or onsite in the evening at select locations. Contact the individual location for details.

Classes begin September 23, 2019: 

  • Hagerstown (Online)
  • Davenport (Online) 

Regional Locations and Contact Information

To prepare for SHRM exams at one of the Purdue Global locations below, contact Chad Nelson at 563-468-7941 or

Davenport, IA
1801 East Kimberly Road, Suite 1
Davenport, IA 52807

Hagerstown, MD
18618 Crestwood Dr.
Hagerstown, MD 21742

View Purdue Global Regional Locations

Already Earned Your SHRM CP/SCP Certification?

You may be eligible for credit toward a Purdue Global degree. Credits can count toward the ExcelTrack™ Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or ExcelTrack™ Master of Business Administration.

Note: Certifications must be active to be eligible for transfer. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

  • Articulated Credit

    SHRM CP/SCP Certification Articulated Credit by Program

    ExcelTrack™ Bachelor of Science in Business

    • MT203M1: Employment Laws—1 quarter credit
    • MT203M2: Recruiting and Selecting Employees—1 quarter credit
    • MT203M5: Cultural Literacy—1 quarter credit
    • HR400M1: Recruiting and Interviewing Employees—1 quarter credit
    • HR400M2: Employment-Related Laws—1 quarter credit
    • HR400M6: Employee Recruitment and Retention Factors—1 quarter credit
    • HR485M1: Human Resource Strategy—1 quarter credit
    • HR485M2: Strategic Human Resource Management—1 quarter credit
    • HR485M5: Human Resource Metrics—1 quarter credit
    • Upper-Level Human Resource Elective—3 quarter credits

    Total undergraduate: 12 credits

    ExcelTrack™ Master of Business Administration

    • GB520M1: Strategic Management and the HRM Fit—1 quarter credit
    • GB520M2: SHRM, HR Planning, and Work Systems Design—1 quarter credit
    • GB520M4: Managing SHRM in a Global Economy—1 quarter credit

    Total graduate: 6 credits

  • SHRM Course Modules

    SHRM Course Modules

    (Either CP or SCP certification level)
    Each course module is 1 credit

    • MT203-1: Identify the laws of employment practices that managers follow.
    • MT203-2: Examine the recruitment and selection process.
    • MT203-5: Apply cultural literacy in personal and professional environments.
    • HR400-1: Plan the steps involved with the recruitment and interview process.
    • HR400-2: Evaluate employment-related laws organizations must comply with when hiring.
    • HR400-6: Examine the factors that influence employee recruitment and retention.
    • HR420-1: Evaluate employer liability and remedies with regard to discrimination.
    • HR435-5: Contrast methods for developing a total compensation strategy.
    • HR435-6: Understand competitiveness and collaboration in a global economy.
    • HR485-1: Explain a strategic approach to human resources.
    • HR485-2: Examine the elements that support a human resources strategy.
    • HR485-5: Explain how strategic human resource decisions advance the strategies of an organization.
    • GB520-1: Evaluate the value of Human Resources Management in the organization system.
    • GB520-2: Evaluate Human Resource systems for how well they support organizational strategic goals.
    • GB520-4: Assess global Human Resource initiatives relative to social and ethical values.
    • GB545-1: Analyze the role of reward programs in attracting, retaining, and motivating employees.
    • GB546-1: Assess the implications of current models of talent management.
    • GB546-2: Evaluate employment law and competency-based interviewing for selection processes.

    Total Undergraduate: 12 credits
    Total Graduate: 6 credits


*Although certain programs are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. Please visit for more information about SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP eligibility and testing windows. In addition, the University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.