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The Human Resources Management Certificate, a 40-hour classroom training program, assists students seeking to earn the new Society of Human Resources Management's (SHRM®) competency-based certification. SHRM's new credentials include two levels: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™). This program prepares you to take SHRM's exam for either certification level.


Format: Classroom

Hours: 40 hours / 4 CEU's

Where: UGA's Gwinnett campus

When: Weekend or Weekday

Cost: $1,599 (including books)

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Human Resources Management Certificate is made available through a partnership between The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM®). This program will help you put HR knowledge and competencies to work through critical thinking and application for career success.

More about SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP

  • The new certifications demonstrate that the HR professional is a technical expert and has mastered the application of HR competencies, through practice and experience, to drive business results.
  • The certifications are relevant worldwide, giving professionals the recognition and flexibility to use their knowledge, skills and competencies anywhere their career takes them.
  • The certifications are based on in-depth research focused on, and backed by, global employers and business leaders. They reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and the profession.

What you will learn

Based on the SHRM Learning System, the program covers four knowledge domains and nine competency models needed to grow and succeed in HR careers.

The domains covered are:

  1. People
  2. Organization
  3. Workplace
  4. Strategy

The nine competency models covered are:

  1. Business Acumen
  2. Critical Evaluation
  3. Global and Cultural Effectiveness
  4. Leadership and Navigation
  5. Consultation
  6. Communication
  7. Relationship Management
  8. Ethical Practice
  9. HR Expertise

SHRM Exams

SHRM’s exam windows provide accessibility and flexibility for all professionals worldwide.

Exam Dates:

  • 2015 Winter Window: December 1, 2015 - February 15, 2016
  • Spring Window: May 1 - July 15, 2016
  • 2016 Winter Window: December 1, 2016 - February 15, 2017

Application dates for Spring:

  • Applications Accepted: May 16, 2016
  • Regular Application Deadline: October 21, 2016
  • Late Application Deadline: November 11, 2016

Exam Fees:

  • SHRM Member: $300 USD
  • Non-Member: $400 USD
  • There is a nonrefundable $75 late application fee.

For more information about the certifications and the exams, download the SHRM documents in the right column.

Who Should Attend?

  • Managers and staff in general management or human resources management positions
  • Human resources professionals seeking to advance their career with a SPHR® certification
  • Certified human resources professionals needing credit for PHR®/SPHR® recertification
  • Human resources practitioners seeking professional development to advance their careers
  • Experienced managers who are new to the field of human resources
  • Mid-level managers pursuing  a career change or a promotion

Course Information

Course Date Info: 

Weekday Session – Register Now
Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016; 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Classes: Every Wednesday, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 and 16, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Weekend Session – Register Now
Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016; 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Classes: Every other Saturday, Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5 and 19, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Location Info: 

Please check signage. 

Course Fee(s): 

$1,599 (including books)

Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 40 hours of course work.

Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments is required. To receive your Certificate of Completion, your attendance is also required for a specified number of class sessions (at least 9 for weekday & 5 for weekend; does not include the orientation session), and you must have a score of 70% or better for the final written examination.

Military Funding Information:
The Human Resources Management Certificate Program has been approved by the Department of Veterans Services to receive GI Bill funding. Spouses of active duty military members that are eligible for MYCAA and active duty military members that are eligible for Air Force TA and Army TA may contact their education service officer to apply for course approval. For more information regarding military funding for this course, visit our Financial and Military Assistance page or contact our office at 706-542-3537.