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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.

    Less than a Bachelor's degree
    Credential HR-Related Program Non-HR Program


    3 years in HR role

    4 years in HR role


    6 years in HR role

    7 years in HR role

    Bachelor’s degree
    Credential HR-Related Program Non-HR Program


    1 year in HR role

    2 years in HR role


    4 years in HR role

    5 years in HR role

    Graduate degree
    Credential HR-Related Program Non-HR Program


    Currently in HR role

    1 year in HR role


    3 years in HR role

    4 years in HR role

    *Less than a bachelor’s degree includes: working toward a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, some college, qualifying HR certificate program, high school diploma or GED

    Course Dates Registration

    SHRM Certification Exam Prep

    Aug. 22 - Dec. 5, 2022

    SHRM Prep Registration

    Course Details

    • Classes held from 6-9 p.m. Monday evenings
    • Classes will be held online utilizing Zoom and an online resource center
    • 2022 SHRM Learning System Online platform will be used for online resources
    • Registration must be received by Aug. 12, 2022, to ensure you receive the SHRM 2022 Learning System prior to course start. Enrollments after this date may have delayed delivery of materials.

    Fee Information

    • Program fee for HR Association members:
    • Program fee for nonmembers:
      • $1,599
    • Program fees incldude the SHRM 2022 Learning System (shipped directly to you!) and supplemental online learning resources


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


    HR Competencies

    • Leadership and navigation
    • Ethical practice
    • Business acumen
    • Relationship management
    • Consultation
    • Critical evaluation
    • Global and cultural effectiveness
    • Communication


    • Talent acquisition
    • Employee engagement and retention
    • Learning and development
    • Total rewards
    • HR strategic planning


    • Structure of the HR function
    • Organizational effectiveness and development
    • Workforce management
    • Employee and labor relations
    • Technology management


    • HR in the global context
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Risk management
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Employment law and regulations (U.S. only)

    Jenn Acfalle, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Sr. HR 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.

  • FAQ

    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 BoCK 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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