SHRM Certification

SHRM Certification Study Group

SHRM strives to advance the HR profession as a whole, ensuring that as business evolves, HR evolves to meet business needs. Businesses increasingly understand that effective people management is a strategic imperative. As a result, business leaders expect that HR professionals will demonstrate, in addition to a thorough knowledge of HR concepts and requirements, the behavioral competencies required to effectively apply knowledge in the modern workplace in support of organizational goals.

To meet business needs, SHRM has established two competency-based certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) for early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) for senior-level practitioners. SHRM regards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new global standard in certification for the HR profession.

The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) is the foundation for these certifications. The SHRM BoCK—the product of rigorous research involving thousands of HR professionals organizes eight behavioral competencies into three clusters: Leadership (Leadership and Navigation, Ethical Practice), Interpersonal (Relationship Management, Communication, Global and Cultural Effectiveness), and Business (Business Acumen, Consultation, Critical Evaluation). Additionally there are 15 HR knowledge areas that are critical to the success of any HR professional. (See The SHRM BoCK for additional information.)

By incorporating key HR competencies and knowledge into the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, SHRM’s certifications demonstrate to the global business community that the credential-holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice—competency and knowledge—that are required for effective job performance.


LSHRM is pleased to offer its SHRM Certification Preparation Study Group! This study group is offered in the spring and fall. It is a discussion-based format where we use practice questions as a "jumping-off" point to talk about the issues. We make it a point to discuss not only what the right answer is, but also why it is the right answer and why the other answers are not correct. Our facilitators are industry experts with real-world, practical examples to add to the discussion.


The SHRM Study Group is $35.00 for LSHRM members, which includes a one-year membership renewal. There is a $50.00 fee for non-members to attend the study group, including a one-year membership in the LSHRM Chapter.


LSHRM uses the SHRM Learning System to facilitate the Study Group. LSHRM recommends the use of a current copy of the SHRM Learning System in order to maximize the learning experience. These materials are updated each year and using a previous version may hinder full participation in the group.

How to Sign Up

Please register for the Study Group through the Calendar of Events on this website. You will have the option to use a credit card for any associated fees.

Study Group Questions

Please send an email to with any questions about the study group.

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Attention Kentucky SHRM Chapter Members... the application is now open for SHRM Certification Professional Development Grants. Applications will be accepted through August 2nd. If you are selected to receive a SHRM Foundation Certification Professional Grant you will receive a SHRM Learning System and exam for the SHRM Certification for which you are eligible (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP), to be claimed 12 months from the date they are issued.

Application Period: May 1 - August 2

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