HR Certification

Register for the Certification Class

Each semester Big Bend SHRM hosts a Certification Study group to help members reach their goals of becoming SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certified. 

Join us for the Big Bend SHRM Fall 2018 Study Group in preparation for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam window, details for registration and exam window are here.

This group combines the leadership of an experienced facilitator with the learning modules and online study tools of the 2019 SHRM Learning System to expand your human resource knowledge and skills and prepare you for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exam.


Study Materials

2019 SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP


Cost of Study Materials: $541 if purchased through Big Bend SHRM. If purchased through SHRM, the cost is $795 for members and $985 for non-members.

Cost of Study Group: $100 (refunded upon passing the Spring 2018 Exam)

To register for the Certification class, click here.

Note: You can join the study group even if you choose not to purchase the 2018 SHRM Learning System. 

Please be aware, though, that the 2019 SHRM Learning System is individually licensed material and no copies of materials will be made. 

Click here for more on resources available through SHRM. 

For more information, contact our Certification Chair:
Kevin Kjellerup

Joyce Chastain and Big Bend SHRM Certification Scholarships

Big Bend SHRM supports and encourages HR professionals to demonstrate mastery of the profession by attaining Certification – SHRM-CP and/or SHRM-SCP.  To assist with Certification expenses, Joyce Chastain and Big Bend SHRM have established scholarships for eligible individuals.

To qualify for the Joyce Chastain and/or Big Bend SHRM Scholarship, the applicant must mirror SHRM’s SHRM-CP and/or SHRM-SCP eligibility criteria. Big Bend SHRM membership is also required.

EEO Statement
Scholarships are awarded and administered without preferential treatment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, marital status, disability, Veteran status, recently separated Veterans, sexual orientation, and all other protected categories covered by law.


Joyce Chastain Scholarship
Offered in Spring
Covers cost of learning system; value of $885.00

Big Bend SHRM Scholarship
Offered in Fall
Covers cost of learning system; value of $885.00

Big Bend SHRM study group registration is waived for scholarship recipients.

How to Apply
Download the scholarship application here.

Application deadlines are established 2 times per calendar year, based on dates coinciding with BBSHRM Certification Study Groups, scheduled each Spring and Fall.

Prior to disbursement of scholarship funds, Certification exam registration and taking the exam within the applicable testing period, is required.  Passing of Certification exam is not required, although it is expected that each scholarship recipient will diligently prepare for the purpose of passing the exam. 

Scholarship recipients are required to register and participate in the BBSHRM Spring or Fall certification study group.

Applications are reviewed and approved by the BBSHRM Executive Board and Certification Chair.   

Active BBSHRM Executive Board and Certification Chair are not eligible for scholarships.

Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.

Thinking about joining the Big Bend SHRM study group? Here is what a recent participant had to say:

 The new SHRM Learning System more than prepared me to take the new SHRM-SCP test. The practice test and timed examinations were key in my preparation.  I also really enjoyed learning from my colleagues in the Big Bend SHRM certification class and recommend all these sources for success.   -Colene Rogers, SHRM – SCP

Exam Eligibility Requirements

Click here to view the new exam eligibility requirements.

Set Yourself Apart with SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification

Certification not only prepares you for the challenges ahead, but also sets you on a path for further success. By earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) credential, you demonstrate that you’re invested in your career and ready to lead.

Unlike memorization-based certification credentials, SHRM certification measures an HR professional's most critical skill: the ability to apply HR principles to real-life situations. No other exam compares.

Prove your HR knowledge—and how you can apply that knowledge on the job. Gain a platform to show you’re ready to take on the next challenge.

Get Started:

  1. Determine your eligibility using the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP eligibility chart.
  2. Apply for the exam. Find upcoming deadlines, exam windows and fees and submit your application.
  3. Choose a SHRM certification preparation option, based on your learning style and schedule. Discover available learning options.
  4. Take the exam and leverage your certification! Continue ongoing learning and development through recertification.

SHRM Foundation Scholarship

Recertification Activities

HR professionals may maintain their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential by engaging in professional development activities that relate to the behavioral competencies and HR knowledge identified in the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™. SHRM created three avenues by which SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential holders can earn PDCs: Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization, and Advance Your Profession.

For more information on how to recertify, refer to the SHRM Recertification Handbook.

Notify Your Chapter - Online Feature

If you are a local SHRM Chapter member and you need to report your re-certification credit to SHRM, you can login to your online profile and notify your chapter of your certification through your account.  The link provides step by step instructions on this important step in your certification maintenance. Even if you have been certified for years, you should complete the chapter notification to be sure that your chapter has accurate records of your accomplishment.

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