Earning your HR certification makes you a recognized expert and leader in the field of HR, and a valuable asset to your organization. SHRM-Atlanta's comprehensive review courses prepare you to sit for HR certification exams.
Our courses offer participants a full classroom experience with individual advice and direction from the instructor, as well as study-group opportunities.
The curriculum provided in the 2019 SHRM Learning System is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™). Throughout the program HR professionals are encouraged to acquire the Competencies and Knowledge they'll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success. Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining the best exam preparation system with expert instruction and peer discussion.
Here's what you get when you take our prep course:
- An engaging expert instructor, offering real world advice and answers to your questions
- A structured learning environment to keep you on track
- The full print/online version of the 2019 SHRM Learning System, including quick-start videos, practice questions, flashcards and more (retail: $985)
- Ability to acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies to help you prepare for the exam.
- A cohort of your HR peers which provides study group support
- Information on how to request employer reimbursement
- Up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs) if you are attending this program for professional development only
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"Don't be foolish, like yours truly, and wait until something hits the fan before deciding to get certified. Learn from my error of fighting the certification trend for 20+ years. In late 2011, I found myself RIF'd from a job/company I loved. Within weeks I found myself as a finalist for several positions only to be given feedback that I wasn't selected because the other finalist was certified and I was not. I bit the bullet, took a certification preparation course and passed the exam on the first try. Get your certification NOW!"
Dr. José A. De La Cruz, J.D.
HR Lead & Director - Eastern Region, Travelers Insurance
SHRM-Atlanta EVP of Organizational Effectiveness
Benefits To You
When it comes to the value of earning HR credentials, certified SHRM professionals reported:
An average salary increase of nearly $17,000 for SCP and $5,500 for CP
Greater career satisfaction
Better understanding of necessary HR skills
Greater likelihood of staying with your organization
Opportunity to receive a promotion, when certification is a key qualifier
Benefits To Your Employer
Certification benefits your entire organization:
- It demonstrates that you have mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies
- Certification prepares you to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of your organization
- Exam preparation helps you bring new ideas to your organization that will help drive success
- It helps create a common HR language that optimizes consistency and effectiveness
- Certification is relevant worldwide, as exams cover the global SHRM BoCK™
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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
Advance your career
Even 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 a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core behavior and technical competencies and increase productivity in the workplace.
SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Eligibility Chart
||Less than a Bachelor's Degree*
||3 years in HR role
||4 years in HR role
||1 years in HR role
||2 years in HR role
||Currently in HR role
||1 years 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's degree; some college; qualifying HR certificate program; high school diploma; or GED.
Dates & Times
Spring 2019 Course
Orientation at AJC Building: February 7, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Class Dates (Thursdays): February 14 - May 2, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
223 Perimeter Center Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30346
SHRM-Atlanta Members: $1,500
Future Members: $1,640*
*Future Member registrations include one year of SHRM-Atlanta membership that becomes active once the registration has been processed.
Learn more at one of our Information Sessions:
Wondering if this course is right for you? Join us at one of our information sessions to learn more about the HR Certification process, our Exam Preparation Course, and how SHRM-Atlanta can lend support to your professional journey towards advancement. We will cover FAQ's, exam eligibility, course scheduling and expectations, learning tools, and the testing experience.
Meet Your Instructor: Xavier Cugnon
SHRM-Atlanta is pleased to be working with Xavier Cugnon this year and wants you to become better acquainted with him before class begins.
Hi everybody! I’m excited to work with SHRM-Atlanta in 2019 and help new students prepare for the SHRM Certification Exam. Before we dive into the learning material, I’d like to share a little more about me and how I became your next Certification Prep Instructor.
To start, I have an extensive career in Marine Corps aviation, manufacturing, and proposal writing, which has enriched me with the vast array of job skills. With an aptitude in Microsoft applications, experience in project management, and studies in HR, each role has been a building block to a rich background in multiple industries.
I spent years being developed by talented leaders to become one. My experience in a food manufacturing plant as a Continuous Improvement Manager and Technical Trainer exposed me to the unison of Supply Chain management. My role as a Proposal Development Analyst focused on collaborating with engineering, operations and maintenance, financial management to produce sound, competitive, and profitable bids.
I have completed a Masters of Science degree in Human Resource development at Villanova University and (you’ll be pleased to know) am certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). I also teach HR certification prep as an adjunct instructor at Kennesaw State University.
I am currently working as Vice President of HR Administration for Arrow Exterminators, who employs more than 2,100 employees throughout the U.S and was awarded a 2018 Top Workplace honor by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In this role, I work to lead the Human Resources practices at Arrow Exterminators in support of its business goals. Primarily, our team focuses on unifying human capital management systems and practices to effectively deliver on Arrow's vision to hire, train, and retain the best people in order to become the largest, family-owned, private pest control company in the US.
Here are some Fun Facts:
- I’m an 8-year Marine Corps veteran and spent my last tour in the classroom as an Aviation Maintenance Instructor.
- I have lived in 4 countries and 5 states: the US, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
- Thai and authentic Chinese are my all-time favorite foods!
- The reason I love teaching is that teaching is theater. It’s an art. Knowing stuff doesn't qualify you as a teacher. I enjoy the challenge of sharing knowledge through engaging theater.
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2019 SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® Exam Schedule
||Application Acceptance Begins
||Late Application Deadline*
||May 1 – July 15, 2019
||December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to some of the most common questions, like exam windows, recertification, eligibility and more. (Important note: The “Payments & Refunds” section in the SHRM FAQ link above contains information that may not be applicable to SHRM-Atlanta. Please verify all financial details with a SHRM-Atlanta representative.)
Download a Certification Handbook
The information in the handbook will provide you with an overview of the certifications, outline certification policies and procedures, and describe the steps you must take to earn and maintain your credential.
FREE Online Demo of Learning System
This demo will provide you with sample portions of the text, practice tests, and other features that are designed to optimize your learning experience as you prepare for your SHRM certification exam.
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