SHRM Certification Preparation

Take your HR career to new heights with SHRM Certification. Position yourself for success with the SHRM Learning System at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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Commit to Your Career

Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) global HR credentials: SHRM-Certified Professional (CP) and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP); offer growth, advancement and recognition. 

The HR profession is no longer just about what you know – but how you do your job. By becoming SHRM certified, you prove your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to 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.

Ensure you're prepared with our online course designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success.

This intensive twelve-week online program combines expert instruction with the 2024 SHRM Learning System®.  

  • Learn faster.
  • Retain more knowledge.
  • Stay on track for success on the exam.
  • Convenient 24/7 Online Access

UW-Stout's online SHRM certification preparation course is designed to provide a structured, peer and instructor-supported review of the content in the SHRM Body of Applied Skills (BASK). Participants are guided through the content with a variety of materials and study tools each week.


About The Instructor
Dr. Alicia Stachowski
Dr. Alicia Stachowski


Dr. Alicia Stachowski, SHRM-CP
College of CEHHHS

Who Should Enroll?

Our certification preparation course is designed primarily for individuals seeking SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

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

The SHRM-CP certification is for 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.

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 is recommended.

For details on these requirements, visit SHRM's Eligibility Criteria.

Scheduling Your Exam

For best results, schedule your certification exam for a date that is after the end of your preparation course. Testing windows are May 1-July 15 and Dec 1-Feb 15. Visit SHRM's website to apply.

Exam Application Deadline

The early-bird deadline to apply for the summer window of the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam is TBD. Live remote proctoring is now available for SHRM certification exams, so you have the option to take your test at home or at a testing center. Visit SHRM's website to apply.

Not interested in certification? Advance your career.

If you're not interested in certification but want to improve your HR skills, this course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain:

  • Generalist viewpoint
  • Refresh key ideas and concepts
  • Strengthen your understanding of core behavior and technical competencies
  • Increase productivity in the workplace
Why is Getting Your SHRM Certification So Important? / Society for Human Resources Management
Study According to Your Lifestyle
  • Online eReader and downloadable ePublications are both included
  • Printed book provided
  • At home or on-the-go, the SHRM Learning System is portable and convenient
  • 24/7 access to all the materials so you can study when it fits in your schedule
Build Your Knowledge and Confidence with Practice Questions
  • More than 2,500 practice questions
  • Pretest, Quizzes, Post-test, and Practice Exam are included
  • Practice Exam is made up of questions that were previously used on actual SHRM certification exams

Course Outline:


  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Relationship Management
  • Communication
  • Global Mindset
  • Business Acumen
  • Consultation
  • Analytical Aptitude 


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


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


  • HR in a Global Workforce
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. Only) 
Keep on Track with Your Personal Dashboard
  • Track your progress in relation to your exam date
  • Quickly see completed tasks, scores, and recommended next steps
  • Easily navigate to your next area of study
  • Review areas you’ve already completed to retain learning
Access Important Testing Resources, Right at Your Fingertips
  • SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™), which provides the foundation for both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams
  • SHRM Certification Handbook
  • “Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam” Guide
Easily Navigate Through Three Steps to Success
  • 1-ASSESS: Take the Pretest to evaluate your knowledge gaps
  • 2-STUDY: Study the topics and use the online tools to close your gaps
  • 3-PASS:  Prepare for success on your exam by completing the Post-test and Practice Exam
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