SHRM Certification

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 Certification Study Group


Program Description: This study group is not designed to teach the SHRM Bock Learning System Materials, but is a discussion-based format where SHRM practice questions are used to initiate a dialogue around HR issues.  Individuals interested in learning the SHRM Learning System are encouraged to register for the new KYSHRM Virtual Cert Prep Course.  For more info go to this link.

The LSHRM study group starts March 6, 2024 at:

Location: Louisville Metro Police Department, 2911 Taylor Blvd., Louisville, KY 40208

 $575 = SHRM Learning System Study Materials for LSHRM Members

 $625 = SHRM Learning System Study Materials + LSHRM Non-Members $50 Registration Fee

 * All registration fees will be donated to the SHRM Foundation*

For any questions about the study group, please send an email to

KYSHRM Virtual Certification Exam Prep Course

The Kentucky SHRM State Council is excited to announce their new “Virtual SHRM Certification Prep Course”!

This is a statewide initiative to support HR professionals to become credentialed and gain access to all of the amazing resources and best practices that are made available to SHRM members. We know that these are critical times for organizations, and the HR leaders are on the frontlines making strategic recommendations for the future. The competencies that the SHRM Certification model embraces positions HR professionals to provide very thoughtful and intentional leadership.

This prep course will be comparable to a college level class. Our facilitator, Kim Nash, provides an energetic and engaging learning environment while bringing 30 years of HR experience. She is well equipped and knowledgeable of all the variances between the SHRM and HRCI certifications.


The SHRM Foundation supports lifelong learning for HR professionals through various scholarship programs.  Scholarships for professional certification are available to support SHRM members who are striving to obtain their SHRM certification. 

Each year one certification scholarship will be awarded to a SHRM National Member who is a member of the Louisville Chapter of SHRM.

If you are selected to receive a SHRM Foundation Certification Professional Grant you will receive a SHRM Learning System and exam fee waiver for the SHRM Certification for which you are eligible (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP), to be claimed 12 months from the date of issue.

For more information or to apply, visit the SHRM Foundation Scholarship Page

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