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SHRM Certification Prep

Offered at the San Marcos Campus


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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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Learn about program details, costs, the registration process and much more.

  • 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

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.

    Credential Less than a bachelor’s degree* Bachelor’s degree Graduate degree

    HR-Related Program

    Non-HR Program

    HR-Related Program

    Non-HR Program

    HR-Related Program

    Non-HR Program


    3 years in HR role

    4 years in HR role

    1 year in HR role

    2 years in HR role

    Currently in HR role

    1 year in HR role


    6 years in HR role

    7 years in HR role

    4 years in HR role

    5 years 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

    Jan. 27 - May 11, 2020

    SHRM Prep Registration

    Course Details

    • Classes held at CSUSM on Mondays from 6-9 p.m.
    • Program fee for HR Association members:
      • $1,399
    • Program fee for nonmembers:
      • $1,499

    Fee Includes

    • All course materials
    • SHRM Learning System
    • Parking


    • CSUSM alumni and students receive a 15% savings, call Extended Learning at 760-750-4004 to register and receive your savings code

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


    This course provides an in-depth exploration of the five knowledge domains and 10 Knowledge Areas tested on the PMP exam. You will also gain valuable test-taking tips and strategies to help you approach the PMP with confidence.

    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)

    Cole Williamson, SPHR-CA

    Cole has been practicing HR for more than 20 years in a variety of industries, with a majority of his background being in retail and life sciences. He is currently the SVP of People and Culture Services for Silvergate Bank. Cole has a master’s degree in organizational management and a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Diego State University. He holds the unique distinction of having the SHRM - SCP, Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR), the California Human Resources certification (CA) and the Global Human Resources certification (GPHR). For more than 13 years, Cole has been an adjunct professor at CSUSM, where he teaches HR Strategy and the SHRM Certification Review Program.

  • FAQ

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

    Please contact Eric Sandoval, our veteran services coordinator at 760-750-8705 or to learn more about 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.


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