Certification Courses


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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.

"This course provided real world experiences in HR along with key industry insights. Highly recommend!"

Why enroll?

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


**Scored 9 out of 10 by SHRM-Atlanta students in Course Organization, Relatability of Instructor, and Application of Learning Materials!


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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. SHRM-SCP, SPHR | HR Lead & Director - Eastern Region, Travelers Insurance


Benefits To You

When it comes to the value of earning HR credentials, certified SHRM professionals reported:
  • An average salary increase of more than $17,000 for SHRM-SCP and $5,500 for SHRM-CP

  • Enhanced credibility as an HR expert

  • Confidence in my decision-making skills
  • Greater job satisfaction and opportunity for promotion

  • Becoming more competitive in my field

Benefits To Your Employer

Certification benefits your entire organization:
  • Demonstrates that I have mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies
  • Prepares me to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of my organization
  • Brings new ideas to my company that will help drive success
  • Creates a common HR language that optimizes consistency and effectiveness
  • Lends world-wide relevance to my organization

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Who should attend?

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

Credential Less than a Bachelor's Degree* Bachelor's Degree Graduate Degree
HR-Related Program Non-HR Program HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
SHRM-CP 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
SHRM-SCP 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.

Course Information & Dates



 Dates & Times



 Registration Fee

Spring 2020 Course

Class Dates (Thursdays): February - May (Dates to be Announced)

Atlanta, GA  Xavier Cugnon

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.


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Pricing Advanced Payment Plan Regular Payment Plan
Until 07/31/19 Due at Checkout 08/01/19 - 08/15/19 Due at Checkout
SHRM-Atlanta Members $1,500 $500 $1,700 $566
Future Members $1,640* $547 $1840* $613


Payment Plan Option Now Available! Click Here to Apply >>>

If registering under a payment plan, an outside link will be provided to allow for installments.

  1. Upon registration, 1/3 of total balance is due at checkout. This initial payment secures a place in the course
  2. Remaining Balance can be paid in multiple installments using your personal invoice link
  3. Final Payment Due 7 day prior to start date, by 11:59 pm
  4. Cancellation Fee: $150.00 through late registration deadline. Non-Refundable after date TBD.


Need Financial Aid?

SHRM-Atlanta is now offering Scholarships for our Certification Prep Course. Visit shrmatlanta.org/scholarships to learn more.


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. 

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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:

  1.  I’m an 8-year Marine Corps veteran and spent my last tour in the classroom as an Aviation Maintenance Instructor.
  2.  I have lived in 4 countries and 5 states: the US, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  3.  Thai and authentic Chinese are my all-time favorite foods!
  4.  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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What our students say about Xavier...

"An industry expert with confidence"

"Proactive and Sharp"

"Very knowledgeable with great energy that fills the room!"

"Committed to every student's success"


Exam Dates

2019 SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® Exam Schedule

Window Application Acceptance Begins Application Deadline Late Application Deadline*
Spring May 1 – July 15, 2019 January 2 March 22 April 12
Winter December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020 May 13 October 18 November 9


See the Exam Application Process >




 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.


Scholarship Information

The SHRM Foundation awards nearly $500,000 in scholarships each year, with academic and certification scholarships now open to any eligible SHRM member: student or professional.


Download SHRM BoCK

The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) is the basis for the SHRM credentials. The SHRM BoCK describes the behavioral competencies and HR knowledge which HR professionals need for effective job performance.+




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