HR Professional Development and Certification Preparation

HR Professional Development and Certification Preparation

The Professional Development Committee is committed to offering enriching opportunities for human resources professionals to expand their HR Body of Knowledge, further develop one’s HR Competencies, and provide a chance for seasoned professionals to give back and keep up-to-date. Professional Development includes two areas: Certification Preparation Study Group and Mentorship Program. Study Groups are offered twice a year using the SHRM Learning Materials and led by subject matter experts in preparation for certification exams.  Obtaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP can be challenging, but the structured content and supportive group setting has proven to provide a high pass rate on the exam.  The Mentorship Program provides members with professional guidance, growth and support by pairing seasoned professionals with members wanting to develop professionally with the support and guidance of a Mentor.  The Mentor and Mentees commit to one meeting a month for a one- year time period and establish goals based on the interests of the Mentee.


SHRM-GT offers a fall and spring 14-week course that covers the HR body of knowledge and the competencies for the human resources profession.  The course is a great way for professionals new to the HR field to gain knowledge and for those who are interested in pursuing their professional certification.  Topics included in the 14-week course include: Structure of HR, Talent Acquisition, Corporate Responsibility, Employee Engagement, Total Rewards, Organizational Effectiveness, HR Workforce Management, Technology and Data, Employee Relations, Global HR, Diversity and Inclusion, Risk Management, Learning and Development, US Employment Laws, and Business and HR Strategy.  The final session is devoted to test taking strategy and practicing test questions.

The course supports the SHRM certification (SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP) as well as the HRCI certification (SPHR/PHR).  The guest speakers teach with the SHRM Learning System materials.

SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional)
SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resources Certified Professional)

To find out which credential is right for you and find additional information about the SHRM certifications go to:

SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) with HR Certification Institute
PHR (Professional in Human Resources) with HR Certification Institute

To find which certification is right for you and find additional information about HRCI’s certifications go to:

Schedule:  The spring course supports the preparation for the testing during May/June/July and the fall course supports the preparation for the testing during December/January/February. The dates are posted on the SHRM-GT website.

Cost:  The cost to participate in the course is $850 for SHRM-GT members; $995 for non SHRM-GT members. This includes the cost of study materials.

Study Materials:  SHRM National offers Chapter Special Discounts on the SHRM Learning Systems for registrants through chapter study groups. The SHRM learning system will be provided to registrants who sign up for the study group. 

Scholarships:  The SHRM Foundation offers scholarships to assist you with your certification preparation.  You may apply for the scholarship which will cover the cost of books, application and exam.  The award was established to assist members in need of financial assistance to achieve certification.  More information on this scholarship may be found at

Commitment: For participants preparing to take one of the certification exams, additional dedicated study time is required throughout the course and prior to the testing date.  Consideration of the time commitment is important when preparing for certification.

Registration/Logistics:  Those interested may register on the SHRM-GT website.  The course outline and schedule will be emailed prior to the first session. Classes are offered weekly. The participants are encouraged to read on the topic in advance of the session and bring questions about the topic for discussion.  Members pursuing certification may choose to meet outside the class in smaller groups to continue their studying for the certification exams.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Study Group: Elizabeth Hightower * [email protected]
Mentorship Program: Kathy Bell * [email protected]

HR Certifications