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HR Certification

    Why Wait? 2023 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®


    2023 Spring Edition HR Certification Information for SHRA Members

    SHRM Testing window is May 1, 2023, through July 15, 2023

    SHRM Prep Courses

    SHRM Certification Study Group Seminar with A PRO!

    • Presented by HR Association of Greater Concord (HRAGC)
    • February 24, 2023, at 8:45 AM, EST
    • Dr. Maria Painchaud, SHRM-SCP, SPHR will facilitate the HRAGC study prep seminar for their members, SHRM affiliate chapters (SHRA), their friends, and colleagues.
    • HRAGC was recognized as the 2022 SHRM Learning System Champion because of Dr. Painchaud’s seminars. This seminar is designed for maximum participation.
    • The study group will meet virtually, via GoToMeeting. Live sessions will be held, this is NOT considered an online course.
    • The schedule for the study prep seminar will be comprised of 10 sessions in an executive format to maximize the learning experience (3 Fridays & 2 Mondays):
    1. Sessions I & II:  Friday, February 24 at 8:45 am – 12 noon and 1:00 – 4:15 pm
    2. Sessions III & IV:  Monday, March 6 at 8:45 am – 12 noon and 1:00 – 4:15 pm
    3. Sessions V & VI: Friday, March 17 at 8:45 am – 12 noon and 1:00 – 4:15 pm
    4. Sessions VII & VIII:  Monday, March 27 at 8:45 am – 12 noon and 1:00 – 4:15 pm
    5. Sessions IX & X:  Friday, April 7 at 8:45 am – 12 noon and 1:00 – 4:15 pm
    • The SHRM Learning System materials as well as new and updated additional resources prepared by Drs. Maria Manus and Steven Painchaud and their respective expertise will be included in the cost of the seminar. Dr. Painchaud has been offering prep courses since the spring of 2017 and has exceeded the national average with participant Pass rates.
    • Pass rates for the SHRM-CP are at 90% and 92% for the SHRM-SCP.
    • A discount is offered to the members of HRACG and state SHRM affiliate chapter members.
    • Cost for a SHRA Member is $1,050.00 and Non-Member is $1,150.00


    Bunker Hill Community College SHRM Prep Course

    Offering 2 Remote Sessions this Spring

    Contact: Jack Chan 617-228-2157 >

    1. Starting January 28 – April 15 with classes occurring on Saturdays only from 9AM – 12PM
    • Instructor: James Fitzgerald
    • Fee: $719 Tuition fee and the SHRM Learning System fee of $670 that must be purchased at the college bookstore. The total cost is $1389.
    1. Starting February 14 – May 11 with classes occurring Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30PM
    • Instructor: Kathleen Enright
    • Fee: $719 Tuition fee and the SHRM Learning System fee of $670 that must be purchased at the college bookstore.  The total cost is $1389.


    Middlesex Community College SHRM Prep Course

    • Offering Remote live/online with Instructor Sarah Harrington
    • Enroll is open through February 13th
    • Classes are Tuesday nights starting February 21 – May 9 from 6pm – 9pm
    • Fee: $1,485 (includes tuition and SHRM learning system)
    • Contact:  1-800-818-3434


    North Shore Community College SHRM Prep Course

    • Registration: 978-236-1200 | Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Course: 13 weeks Thursdays starting February 2 – April 27 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM
    • Fee: $1,475 (includes tuition and SHRM learning system)
    • In-person learning is located at the Danvers, MA campus


    Central Connecticut Community College SHRM Prep Course

    • Online, Live Classes with Instructor Raymond LaManna
    • Classes: Start on January 31 – April 25 (No Class on March 14 & April 11)
    • From 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • Fee: $1,199 which included Tuition and the SHRM Learning system
    • Contact: Judy Ratcliffe  860-832-2276


    HRCI Certification Prep

    Certification courses and testing information are available at:

    SHRM Fall Testing Exam Dates/Fees

    2023 Window 1 Testing | May 1 - July 15, 2023

    January 4, 2023 March 18, 2023 April 8, 2023


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


    Early-Bird Exam Fee $335 $435
    Standard Exam Fee $410 $510
    Student Exam Fee
    Student Eligibility Requirements
    $149 $209
    Corporate Exam Fee
    Team Certification Requirements
    $270 $270
    Military Exam Fee
    Military Eligibility Requirements
    $270 $270
    Transfer Exam Fee $100
    Subject to an additional $53 exam cancellation fee when applicable.
    Subject to an additional $53 exam cancellation fee when applicable.
    Retest Exam Fee Full exam fee Full exam fee
    Rescore Exam Fee $50 $50

    HRCI Certification and Testing Information

    Exam Application Fee Exam Fee Total
    aPHR $100 $300 $400
    aPHRi $100 $300 $400
    PHR $100 $395 $495
    PHRca $100 $395 $495
    PHRi $100 $395 $495
    SPHR $100 $495 $595
    SPHRi $100 $495 $595
    GPHR $100 $495 $595

    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


      Re-Certification Audit Process

      In order to protect the integrity of the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification programs, 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 coursework
      • Annual membership to SHRM
      • Annual membership to SHRA
      • Registration fees associated with HR-related conferences, workshops, seminars, 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, 2023!

      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 an 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 of the 2023 testing period.
      • Must submit a completed HR State Council of NH Certification Application Form.

        Scholarship recipients must be prepared to submit the following for reimbursement 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, 2023!