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HR Certification

    Why Wait? 2021 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

    2020-2021 Exam Dates + Courses

    SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Dates:

    2021 Spring Testing Window: May 1 - July 15
    *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, live remote proctoring is available.
    Early-Bird Application Deadline: March 19
    Standard Application Deadline: April 9

    Application Fee: $50
    Early-Bird Exam Fee: $300 for members / $400 for non-members
    Standard Exam Fee: $375 for members / $475 for non-members

    HRCI Exam Dates:

    Exam dates for all HRCI certifications are available on a first-come, first-served basis at approved testing centers. Effective May 1, 2020, live remote proctoring is available as an additional option. Exams must be scheduled and taken within 120 calendar days from the application approval date.

    Application Fee: $100
    Exam Fee: $395 - $495 

    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 February 1 through March 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, 2021!