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SHRM Certification Prep Program



CSUSM’s 12-week intensive certification prep program prepares you to sit for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exams which are the globally-recognized standard in HR certification. This program is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

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Program Details


    This certification prep course is designed primarily for:

    • Individuals seeking SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification
    • Those in HR seeking advancement or more information about employee relations, benefits, compensation, training or development
    • People who have completed previous HR study like CSUSM’s HR Management certificate program

    There are no admission requirements to take this program; it is open to all those currently working in HR and those looking to enter the field. However, to be eligible to sit for one the SHRM exams, you must meet the criteria below. For more details, view the SHRM eligibility criteria page.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Individuals who perform HR duties or currently enrolled students who wish to verify, validate, enhance and/or expand their HR capabilities are likely candidates for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. 

    SHRM membership is not required for eligibility and individuals need not be employed at the time they apply.

    Specific criteria for each credentialing level is listed below. 

    SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)

    The SHRM-CP certification is intended for individuals that perform general HR/HR-related duties; or for currently enrolled students and individuals pursuing a career 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.

    SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

    The SHRM-SCP certification is for individuals that have a work history of at least 3 years performing strategic level HR/HR-related duties; or for SHRM-CP credential holders who have held the credential for at least 3 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 (Jan. – Dec.) to strategic level HR/HR-related work. 

    • More than 1,000 hours in a calendar year does not equate to more than 1 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 Dates Registration

    SHRM Certification Exam Prep

    Class Dates: Aug. 26 - Dec. 16, 2024

    Registration Deadline: Aug. 19, 2024

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    Course Details

    • Classes held Mondays from 6-9 p.m.
    • Classes will be held online utilizing Zoom and an online resource center
    • 2024 SHRM Learning System Online platform will be used for courses in 2024
    • Please be sure to register early to ensure you receive the SHRM 2024 Learning System prior to course start. Later enrollments may have delayed delivery of materials.

    Fee Information

    • Program fee:
      • $1,599
    • Special program fee for any HR Association membership (i.e. SHRM, NCHR-SD, SDHR):
    • Program fees include the SHRM 2024 Learning System (shipped directly to you!) and supplemental online learning resources


    Please note: All rates are subject to change without notice.



    In 2022, SHRM updated the Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK) to become the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™) to reflect the evolution of the HR profession.

    SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (SHRM BASK)

    The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are built upon the SHRM BASK which is more than an exam outline. It defines the standards for the knowledge, strategies and competencies required for effective HR professionals around the world.

    To maintain this level of excellence and relevancy, SHRM brought together some of the best minds in the HR profession to define nine behavioral competencies and 14 functional areas that every HR professional should know.

    The nine behavioral competencies are organized in three “clusters” and include:


    • Leadership & Navigation
    • Ethical Practice
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


    • Relationship Management
    • Communication
    • Global Mindset


    • Business Acumen
    • Consultation
    • Analytical Aptitude

    The 14 functional areas are organized within three “domains” and include:

    People Knowledge Domain

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

    Organization Knowledge Domain

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

    Workplace Knowledge Domain

    • Managing a Global Workforce
    • Risk Management
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • U.S. Employment Law & Regulations

    Jenn Acfalle, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Principal Human Resources Analyst
    City of Oceanside

    Jenn Acfalle has over 22 years of general human resources experience in both the private and public sectors collaborating with stakeholders to develop HR strategies that align with organizational objectives and add value. Jenn has a doctorate's degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), with an emphasis in post-secondary education and a masters in business administration degree (MBA), with an emphasis in human resources management. Jenn is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

    If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise with our students, consider submitting an instructor application or course proposal for consideration.  Please contact Cathy Scavone at or 760-750-8706 for more information.

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    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.

    What are the course materials?

    The SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP includes four modules covering the comprehensive SHRM BASKTM so you’ll learn everything you need for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. This learning system is included in your program fee and provides the following:

    • Effective and proven results
    • One source for knowledge and application
    • Current and relevant content
    • Convenient 24/7 online access

    Can I earn PDCs with this program?

    Yes, this program is eligible for up to 36 PDCs.

    Do you offer SHRM recertification PDCs?

    Yes, CSUSM is a SHRM recertification provider. You can earn PDCs for a variety of programs.

    Can I use my employer’s tuition reimbursement for this program?

    Yes, this program will accept employer’s tuition reimbursement funds.

    How can I be considered for an instructor position or send in a course proposal?

    Thank you for your interest in becoming an instructor!  Please contact Cathy Scavone ( to receive an application and course proposal form.

Exam preparation

This program prepares you for the SHRM-SP and SHRM-SCP exams and provides the knowledge and tools to help prepare you for test day

Learn from the best

Learn from an experienced and certified instructor who covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK)

Hands-on preparation

Course includes the SHRM Learning System, comprising print and digital guides, online study tools and other resources designed to help streamline your exam preparation

Earn PDCs

CSUSM is recognized by SHRM to offer various professional development credits (PDCs) including this program, which is worth up to 36 PDCs


(Preparing for the SHRM certification exam) shows that you’ve taken the time to increase your knowledge and that you are serious about human resources. It shows that you are truly dedicated to your field.

– Jon Aasted, SHRM-CP

Graduate; Human Resources Technician, City of Carlsbad

– Jon Aasted, SHRM-CP

This was a great course. I enjoyed having two instructors who provided different perspectives and opinion. I felt the class was extremely helpful in preparing for the exam!

– Ruth L.


– Ruth L.

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