Skip to Page Content

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
    Lauren Nuzzi, SHRM-CP, CEBS

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


    2024 Fall Edition HR Certification Information for SHRA Members

    SHRM Testing window is December 1, 2023 - February 15, 2024

    SHRM Prep Courses

    SHRM Certification Study Group Seminar with A PRO!


    When: 25 Sep 2023 8:45 AM, EDT
    Where: Online Remote Sessions


    We have secured Dr. Maria Manus Painchaud, SHRM-SCP, SPHR again to facilitate the HRAGC study prep seminar open to our members, SHRM® affiliate chapter members, their friends, and colleagues. HRAGC was recognized as the 2022 SHRM Learning System Champion because of Dr. Painchaud’s seminars. The SHRM® Fall Testing window is December 1, 2023, through February 15, 2024. The seminar is designed for maximum preparation.

    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, and 2 Mondays):





    Session I & II


    September 25

    8:45am – 12 noon
    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Sessions III & IV


    October 6

    8:45am – 12 noon
    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Session V & VI


    October 16

    8:45am – 12 noon
    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Sessions VII & VIII


    October 27

    8:45 am – 12 noon
    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    Session IX & X


    November 6

    8:45am – 12 noon
    1:00 – 4:15 pm

    SHRM Learning System® materials and 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. A discount is offered to members of HRAGC and state SHRM® affiliate chapter members.

    The SHRM® Certification Study Prep Seminar will require a minimum of 9 registrants; To register click on the Registration Link or go to Register by September 15th to ensure timely delivery of study materials. 

    Cost for the seminar:



    Dual Members (SHRM & HRAGC or SHRM & Chapter Affiliate)


    HRAGC, or Affiliate Members: HR North, MAHRA, SHRA, GNHRA, RVHRA, GMSHRMA, or GMVSHRMA Chapter Member (Non-SHRM)


    SHRM only member




    Middlesex Community College:

    Course Dates:  Fall 2023
    Tuesday nights:  September 19 - December 12 6p - 9p. No class on November 21
    Course Number CAR 841 75        CRN 16578 

    Class format is live/online with instructor Sarah Harrington via Zoom or WebEx as is interactive with lecture, topic discussion, case study, quizzes, and flashcards via a Jeopardy game.

    Enrollment:  By September 8.  Registration Form

    Please note that texts will be shipped from SHRM to the mailing address provided to MCC.  Texts are non-refundable once shipped. PO boxes not accepted.

    Tuition = $1,485 (includes texts and online resources). Textbook/online resources are nonrefundable once shipped.
    The exam fee is separate through SHRM. For more information:
    For Commonwealth of Mass. employees: tuition waivers are for 50 % of the tuition only

    MCC SHRM partnership course refund policy:
    7 or more business days prior to start of the course: 100% refund. Thereafter 0. Transfers not accepted.
    Note: SHRM textbooks/materials are non-refundable once distributed. For more info or course questions, email Audrey at 

    HRCI Prep Course

    Online information available at HR Certification Study - EANE

    PHR and SPHR Certifications from HRCI™ indicate that an individual possesses a knowledge and understanding of what HR professionals at various levels are expected to know and do on the job. The HRCI™ PHR and SPHR certification test requires a combination of experience and preparation in order to be successful. 

    EANE’s HR Certification Study program combines the well-known Distinctive HR study materials, including a workbook, audio recordings, recorded webinars, and sample tests with in-classroom discussions, activities, and lectures led by EANE’s experienced (and certified!) HR professionals.  We also offer a full online program for those who cannot attend the in-class study programs.

    Tools and Resources Provided Include:

    EANE HR Certified faculty

    Study manual

    Exclusive access to online study tools

    Online learning systems created by David Siler, author of The Seven Princes

    Study flashcards

    Practice tests

    Tools to help you learn best practices for taking and passing standardized tests

    If you’ve been thinking about enhancing your career with an HRCI™ or SHRM® Certification, now is the time to register for one of our study program options:

    HR Professional Certification Study Group

    aPHR Bootcamp Series

    Online Study Program

    To find out more about the services we offer, or to speak with a specialist about your specific needs, complete this form and one of our experts will reach out to you shortly.

    Can’t wait? Call us now at 877.662.6444


    HRCI Certification Prep

    Certification courses and testing information are available at:

    SHRM Fall Testing Exam Dates/Fees

    2023/2024 Window 2 Testing | Dec. 1, 2023 - Feb. 15, 2024

    June 1, 2023 September 11, 2023 November 9, 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) is 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!