Earn the New Standard in HR Certification with our Preparation Exam Program with Expert Instruction

Prepare with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison’s SHRM Learning System for CP/SCP course.       

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Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP℠) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP℠). Ensure you’re prepared  for the new SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success.

This intensive one evening a week for 9 weeks program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

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 Why Enroll?

Our course is based on the NEW 2015 SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. Comprised of comprehensive learning modules teaching the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), and advanced online multimedia resources, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning and build confidence for passing the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam.

By attending our course, you’ll benefit from:

  • An experienced, certified instructor
  • The SHRM Learning System, historically ranked the #1 HR certification prep tool
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers
  • Tuition reimbursement and up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs)

This course is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. The course investment includes all course materials but does not cover registration for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP examinations.

Who Should Take this Course?

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


Advancing your career. For those not seeking certification, the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core HR competencies and increase productivity.

Judy PeirickJudy Peirick, SPHR; SCP
Judy is the Vice President of Human Resources at Webcrafters, Inc. She has over 25 years of Human Resource experience in health care and manufacturing. Her primary areas of responsibility have included strategic planning, employee and labor relations, compensation, benefits, training, and safety.

Judy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management. She is very involved in the community and has served on numerous boards including United Way, Meriter Retirement Services, The Alliance, and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. Judy also has served on several human resource advisory committees including the Council on Wisconsin Strategies, W-2 steering committee, Workforce Development Board, Oakwood, and United Cerebral Palsy to name just a few.

Karen BenderKaren Bender, SPHR; SCP
Karen is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience, ranging from a large multi-national to a local start-up. She has extensive experience working in both union and non-union environments in manufacturing, but has also worked in health insurance. Duties have included all facets of HR tasks in both a manager and director role. She has led teams that have earned recognition for their accomplishments in safety, environmental, and wellness arenas. Currently, Karen is the Director of HR and Admin Services for a start-up technology company in Madison.

Certification Details

This is an exciting and pivotal time in the HR profession.  Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organizations.  The profession is no longer just about what you know – but how you do your job.  

SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP℠) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP℠) are poised to become the new standard for all HR professionals around the globe, as it is among the first HR certifications that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including behavioral competencies, knowledge and skills..

Exam Format and Length

  • Computer-based testing (CBT)
  • 130-150 questions (knowledge-based and situational-judgment test items)
  • Approximately 3 hours in length

Test Windows and Registration Dates

Spring Window: May 1 - July 15
Applications Accepted for Spring Window: January 5
Application Deadline: March 13
Late Application Deadline: April 17

Winter Window: December 1 - February 15
Applications Accepted for Winter Window: May 1
Application Deadline: October 16
Late Application Deadline: November 13

Certification Cycle

All credentials are valid for three years.  Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam.



Course Topics

The SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP includes five modules covering the comprehensive SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) so you’ll learn everything you need for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.


HR Competencies

  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication




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


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


  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)


  • Business & HR Strategy


Program Requirements: There are no admission requirements to take this program, however certain criteria must be met for participants taking the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.  See exam requirements under who should enroll.

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Requirements: To apply for either the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, candidates must have a combination of education and professional HR experience. For more information, visit SHRMcertification.org



For more information about The SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP® Course Preparation, contact Julie Wood by calling 608-263-9675 or via e-mail: julie.wood@wisc.edu.

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Refund Policy

If you cancel prior to the start of the program there is a $10 cancellation fee. Cancellations after the start of the program will be charged the full program fee. A substitute may attend if notified prior to the start of the program. 


The Grainger Hall, Lot 7 parking entrance is on Brooks street between University Ave. and Johnson St.

Lot 7 beneath Grainger Hall, owned and operated by UW Transportation Services, has been converted into an hourly, pay-as-you-go lot. Please take a ticket from the automated gate upon entering. A limited number of advance permits may be available through Conference Services on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click here for more information.

Additional parking is available to the public at the Lake Street/Frances Street Parking Ramp which is located between Lake and Frances Streets, near State Street, and is three blocks from the Fluno Center and Grainger Hall School of Business, and two blocks from The Pyle Center. This lot does not require a reservation, but often fills up early. Parking may also be found at the Lucky/University Square Parking Ramp located off Johnson St, 1/2 Block East of Park St.


What our students are saying:

"Thank you so much for the expert instruction and class organization! I am so glad that I took the class rather than just doing independent study - several times during the exam (which I thought was very difficult) I almost felt like I had Karen and Judy whispering in my ear!"
"Thank you, thank you for all you have done for me and the HP professional."

  • Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison
  • Schedule: Nine Wednesday evenings 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dates:
    - September 23- November 18, 2015
  • Fees:

    $1295 (Non-SHRM members)

    $1245 (Local SHRM members)

    $1195 (Nat’l SHRM members)

    $1145 (Local & Nat’l members)

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE or Call to register at 608-262-3909


Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

If there is inclement weather, please call 608-263-2221 for a recorded message after 6:30 am for day classes or after 3:30 pm for night classes.

For more information on the SHRM certification course please contact Julie Wood at julie.wood@wisc.edu or 608-263-9675

Shrm preferred providerThe Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Madison is a preferred provider for SHRM recertification credits. Click here to see what classes are eligible for credit.