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HR Certification

    Why Wait? 2022 is Your Year to Become Certified! 

    Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential through SHRM and/or your PHR or SPHR certification through HRCI makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field and a valuable asset to your organization.

    Learn more about SHRM certification:

    Learn more about HRCI certification:

    Questions? Please reach out to:

    Certification Chair
    Deb Donlick, SHRM-CP

    Re-Certification Chair
    Tammy Spear, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    SHRM Certification Exam Prep for SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP®

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    Southern New Hampshire University

     Dawn Cerrato - (603) 665-7191
     Multiple course sessions
    Course Format: Hybrid In-Person and Virtual

    Course Dates for 2021



    October 11, 2021 - December 13, 2021

    $1,265 SHRM Member and $1,200 Non-Member

    Classes will be held once a week, from 6-8:30 pm, and will be supplemented with additional materials, practice tests, and assignments. In addition to the instructor led course, you will also have full access to both the SHRM on-line study materials and practice tests, the instructor’s materials  and live classes (if you can’t attend the live one you can attend virtually or you can choose to always attend virtually), and the printed SHRM materials as well.


    North Shore Community College
     Cheryl Hines - (978) 236-1235
    Course Format: Hybrid In-Person and Virtual

    Cost: $1,389
    Program Length: 13 weeks

    Ways to Register

    By Phone –978-236-1200 | Monday – Friday | 9:00am – 5:00pm

    By Mail – Send a completed registration form to:

    North Shore Community College - Enrollment & Records Office
    1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923

    By Fax – Fax a completed registration form to 978-762-4015    In Person –Visit NSCC’s Lynn or Danvers Enrollment Center to enroll in person


    USM Professional Development Programs

     Professional Development - (207) 780-5900
    Course Format: Virtual

    For live-online sessions, you will be expected to participate in every class session, when scheduled.

    The courses are offered in two formats:

    • A 12-week course which meets online for 3 hours each week. Participants review segments of the material each week.
    •  An intensive, 7-week course which meets for 7 consecutive weeks. Students review the SHRM material before the class begins.


    SHRM Recertification Additional Sources:

    SHRM Meetings, SHRA Meetings, SHRM Webcasts (see below for Featured Categories) and State Meetings

    On Demand Webcasts:  Most SHRM Webcasts are available for 3-4 months after their live broadcast. The programs are approved to offer professional development credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credentials. (SHRM programs are not pre-approved for other kinds of HR recert credit; however, you can still apply them to recertification by manually entering program details. Please follow instructions given in the webcasts.) SHRM Webcast Categories

    SHRM Fall Testing Exam Dates/Fees

    2021 Window 2 Testing | December 1, 2021 - February 15, 2022




    June 1, 2021

    October 15, 2021

    November 9, 2021


    The testing windows are the dates during which the exams are administered. The application dates are when candidates can apply for the exam.


    Exam Fees

    SHRM Member Price

    Nonmember Price

    Early-Bird Exam Fee 

    $300 USD

    $400 USD

    ​Standard Exam Fee

    $375 USD*
    (*includes non-refundable $75 standard deadline fee)

    $475 USD*
    (*includes non-refundable $75 standard deadline fee)

    ​Student Exam Fee
    Learn More

    ​$149 USD

    ​$209 USD

    ​Military Exam Fee
    Learn More 

    ​$270 USD

    ​$270 USD

    Application Processing Fee

    $50 USD
    Included in Exam Fees

    $50 USD
    Included in Exam Fees

    Transfer Fee

    $100 USD
    Subject to additional $53 Prometric Exam Cancellation Fee when applicable

    $100 USD
    Subject to additional $53 Prometric Exam Cancellation Fee when applicable

    Retest Fee

    Full exam fee

    Full exam fee

    Rescore Fee

    $50 USD

    $50 USD


    HRCI Certification and Testing Information

    Exam Application Fee:  $100.00 for all certification types

    Exam Fee: Varies depending on certification type

    $300 for aPHR

    $395 for PHR

    $495 for SPHR and GPHR

    Window/Sites for Testing:  Available by appointment only and within 180 days of completing the course.

    Pearson Professional Centers-Concord NH

    2 Capital Plaza
    3rd Floor
    Capital Plaza
    Concord, New Hampshire 03301


    Pearson Professional Centers-Westbrook (Portland)

    201 Main Street
    Suite 4A
    Westbrook, Maine 04092


    Pearson Professional Centers-Lexington MA

    24 Hartwell Ave
    Building A, First Floor
    Lexington, Massachusetts 02421


    Course Information:

    On line Information available at  Employers Association of the Northeast

    In Person Course: Employers Association of the Northeast located in Auburn, MA.

    10 week / 6 week / 2 day boot camp aPHR classroom study    Contact: 1-877-662-6444

    ** No classroom available in New Hampshire or Maine

      Re-Certification Audit Process

      In order to protect the integrity of the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification program, SHRM will audit a percentage of recertification applications. It is important to document your professional development activities and retain these records for up to six months after the end of your 3-year recertification period. If you are audited, you will be required to verify, with supporting documentation, the activities and PDCs listed on your recertification application.

      Learn more about SHRM re-certification:

      HR Certification Institute randomly audits applications as part of our NCCA accreditation to ensure the quality and integrity of our certification programs. If you are selected for an audit, you will need to submit all supporting documents for the activities listed on your recertification application. It is important that you document and maintain these records for all continuing education activities you plan to submit for your current recertification cycle.

      Learn more about HRCI re-certification:

      SHRA Scholarship Information

      Did you know that we offer up to $2,000 annually in scholarships for our chapter members?

      Scholarship Opportunities:

      We award two scholarships per calendar year. A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded each scholarship period and may consist of multiple awardees. SHRA members who meet the scholarship criteria may apply more than once but not more often than annually, based on the date of their last award. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. SHRA Board members are ineligible to apply. Any award is at the sole discretion of the SHRA Board of Directors.

      The annual scholarship application windows and award periods are:

      • February 1 - March 31 for an April 1 award date
      • September 1 - October 31 for a November 1 award date

      Qualification Criteria:

      • Be a member in good standing with SHRA
      • Have attended a minimum of four SHRA monthly programs in the past 12 months as of the date of their application

      Qualifying Activities:

      • Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) or the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) learning system exam materials and/or preparatory course
      • HRCI or SHRM certification examination fees
      • HR-related college course work
      • Annual membership to SHRM
      • Annual membership to SHRA
      • Registration fees associated with HR-related conferences, workshops, seminar or e-Learning activities
      • Lodging and transportation fees associated with attending an HR-related conference or other development activity

      The next scholarship application window is September 1 through October 31, 2021!

      NH HR State Council SHRM Certification Scholarships

      The HR State Council of NH is proud to provide NH State Chapter members or NH SHRM Members-At-Large the opportunity to be awarded a $600 Scholarship for the SHRM Certification exam and/or its preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP).

      Scholarship Opportunities:

      • NHSCHR Certification Scholarship ($600)
      • The Joe Wirtz NHSCHR Scholarship ($600) – Given in memory of a dedicated HR Professional, HR State Council Director, President of MAHRA and HRAGC, HR Mentor, and husband to Terri Wirtz.

      Qualification Criteria:

      • Be an active member in good standing with a NH Chapter, or reside in NH and have a current SHRM membership. Membership must be active when applying and throughout the year in which you receive the award.
      • Must take the SHRM certification exam in the spring or winter 2020 testing period.
      • Must submit a completed HR State Council of NH Certification Application Form.

        Scholarship recipients must be prepared to submit the following for reimbusement upon achieving SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP:

        • NH State HR Council Reimbursement Form

        • Proof of non-eligibility for tuition reimbursement via your employer

        • Evidence of successfully obtaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP

        • Detailed receipt showing the total expense of:
          • SHRM SmartStudy tools, or
          • SHRM seminars tuition, or
          • Educational partner tuition

      Qualifying SHRM Certification Activities:

      • Self-Study – SmartStudy tools
      • Seminars – three day program or seven week virtual course
      • Education Partners – traditional classroom preparation class

      The next scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2022!