Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

Want information on certification? Use the links below for helpful information:

About SHRM   Certification

Exam Prep

Apply for the Exam

Or contact INSHRM Certification Co-Directors Jennifer Jackson and Jeff Lesser at  [email protected]


  • INSHRM coordinates a local study group for those interested in taking the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.
  • There are two study group sessions per year (spring and fall). Each study group session is nine (9) weeks long. The spring study group session is held from late February through April. The fall study group session is held from mid-September through November.
  • There is no cost for the study group; however, participants are highly encouraged to purchase the SHRM Learning System through the local study group, as the study group is based around these modules. Normally, the cost of the SHRM Learning System for SHRM members is $795.00 plus tax and shipping. Participants of the INSHRM study group can purchase the SHRM   Learning system at significant discount of approximately $565.00 plus tax and shipping.  
  • Study group sessions include a review and discussion of the SHRM Learning System modules, provide you with general information about the exam, various ways to prepare for the exam, what to expect, practice exams, useful websites/tools, etc.
  • Study group sessions are held on Tuesdays from 5:30PM-7:00PM.   Participants come to each meeting prepared, having read and studied the material to be discussed beforehand.


Time to start planning for Spring 2019!  We are offering another study session for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP spring testing window (May 1 – July 15).  The start date for the study group is Tuesday, February 26, 2019.  The sessions will be weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. through April 23, 2019. The location of the study sessions is to be determined. One of the advantages of participating in the INSHRM study group is the opportunity to purchase the SHRM Learning system at a significant discount. If you purchased the SHRM Learning System on your own as a SHRM member, it would cost approximately $795 plus shipping/tax.  INSHRM chapter members who participate in the study group can purchase the SHRM Learning System for approximately $565. The Learning System includes a paper set that covers the 15 functional areas plus full online access to the system for practice test taking, online experts, e-reader download of the full text, etc. Orders for the Learning System will be placed by January 31, 2019 so they arrive in time for the study sessions.  If you are interested in the spring study session, please contact Certification Co-Directors Jennifer Jackson and Jeff Lesser at [email protected]


Would your organization like to host the upcoming study group from February 26, 2019 - April 23, 2019?  This is a great opportunity to have the study sessions conveniently located at your organization and support your Human Resources staff in furthering their careers. In order to host the study group, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your organization must be centrally located with sufficient parking to accommodate approximately 20 participants.
  • You must have a meeting room capable of accommodating 20 participants with a projector, projector screen, and Wi-Fi access available on Tuesday evenings from 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. from February 26, 2019 - April 23, 2019.
  • The INSHRM study group will need after hours access to the meeting room during study sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.
  • If you are interested in hosting the Fall 2018 study session, please contact Certification Co-Directors Melody Matthews and Jennifer Jackson at [email protected].


  • If you are unable to join us for the Spring 2019 study session, consider saving the date for these upcoming study sessions:
    • Fall 2019: September 10, 2019 - November 5, 2019


INSHRM will be accepting applications for individuals who are seeking their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification prior to the Spring 2019 study session.  The Application window is from December 1, 2018 – January 22, 2018. 

  • Only current INSHRM members, with a valid SHRM ID as of December 1, 2018 are eligible for this award. INSHRM will award two (2) scholarships for the SHRM Learning System and reimbursement for testing fees with a successful certified pass. CLICK HERE to apply!
  • For the first time, INSHM will be offering one (1) Student Certification Scholarship! If you are selected to receive this scholarship, you will be reimbursed for the testing fee upon successful pass of the SHRM-CP certification.  CLICK HERE for additional information and to apply!
  •  In addition to the INSHRM scholarship, the SHRM Foundation has scholarships available to assist the HR professional in obtaining their SHRM certification as well. SHRM members may apply for this $750 award to support their pursuit of professional SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.  Application deadline April 15, 2019.  Click here to review available SHRM Foundation Scholarships.

If you have questions about certification, recertification, or if you are interested in participating in a study group session, please contact our Certification Co-Directors, Melody Matthews and Jennifer Jackson at [email protected].