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COVID-19 Update:  Please check below for updates on SHRM and HRCI certification exam and preparation courses.


Credentials for HR Professionals: Time to Set Yourself Apart!

Certification is a voluntary action by a professional group to establish a system to grant recognition to professionals who have met a stated level of training and work experience. Certified individuals are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, usually through the use of initials after their names.

There are certification options provided by SHRM and HRCI.

HOW TO DECIDE? CLICK HERE to view's very comprehensive comparison of each certification.



The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers two certifications: SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. SHRM Certification gives you the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies needed to ensure your success in today's business environment.


To better serve you during this period of uncertainty, SHRM has adjusted the dates of the spring testing and application windows. If you’ve already scheduled an exam appointment in this testing window that has now shifted, please standby. SHRM will be in touch with instructions on how to re-book. Click here for more details.

COVID-19 Response: Remote Proctoring
Effective June 1, SHRM will offer a remote proctoring option which will facilitate testing from home. CLICK HERE for more details. If you experience any issues with remote proctoring, please reach out to the SHRM Certification Customer Care team directly.

SHRM Remote Proctoring Frequently Asked Questions

Important Final Instructions for SHRM Remote Proctoring

SHRM Test Cancellation and Rescheduling

For more information about eligibility requirements, exam dates, and helpful downloadable resources CLICK HERE

Contact SHRM Jacksonville for Certification & Recertification assistance:


HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Alternative

The HR Certification Institute offers eight (8) certifications for HR professionals:

For more information on eligibility, certification handbook, current exam schedule & fees, and how to apply, CLICK HERE.

For exam preparation resources, CLICK HERE.

Due to COVID-19, HRCI testing has been suspended in several locations. We invite you to visit for the latest updates.

Beginning on May 1, 2020, U.S. and Canadian residents will have the option to register and test using OnVUE, Pearson VUE’s online proctoring exam delivery system from the comfort of their home or office. Online exam delivery will be available for the following HRCI certifications: Associate Professional in Human Resources® (aPHR®), Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®), Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) and Global Professional in Human Resources® (GPHR®).

OnVUE leverages state-of-the-art technology, in combination with live monitoring, to ensure that HRCI exams are protected and secure. HRCI is aligning their brand with other corporations Pearson VUE delivers online exam services for such as Microsoft, AWS and Cisco.

Everything You Need to Know About Online Testing

OnVUE Online Proctoring Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Certification Policies and Procedures Handbook



There are diverse learning options to choose from. Discover the best one that matches your schedule and learning style.

Partners for Certification Exam Preparation & Resources

University of North Florida - SHRM Certification Preparation Course

University of North Florida (UNF) partners with SHRM Jacksonville to offer SHRM Certification preparation courses. 

Course Date(s):

FALL 2020 SHRM-SCP/CP Course: 9/3/2020 - 12/17/2020

SPR 2021 SHRM-SCP/CP Course: 2/4/2021 - 5/20/2021

Instructor(s): Suzanne Lemen & Elizabeth Charron


  For more information and to register, visit the UNF SHRM Certification Preparation Course.

Looking for an online option, CLICK HERE for the SHRM Learning System.

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) - HRCI Preparation Course

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) partners with SHRM Jacksonville to offer HRCI Certification prep courses at the FSCJ Deerwood Center Campus. 

Course Date(s):

SUM 2020 for PHR/SPHR Preparation Course: 5/21/2020 - 8/6/2020

FALL 2020 for PHR/SPHR Preparation Course: 9/17/2020 - 12/10/2020 (Live)

FALL 2020 for PHR/SPHR Preparation Course: 9/17/2020 - 12/10/2020 (Online)


CLICK HERE for Online Registration for the PHR/SPHR courses.

Learn more about the FSCJ online prep classes: 


Are you interested in participating in a Study Group for the SHRM or HRCI Exams?

The Certification Committee is coordinating informal (non-classroom) study groups to assist you in successfully passing your exam. Contact information will be shared with others which to study in an informal atmosphere (location of your own choosing). Email

Recertification / Stay Certified

SHRM Jacksonville is proud to be an approved provider for both SHRM and HRCI certifications. Event programming is submitted for re-certification credits for HRCI and SHRM recertification.


For additional ways to obtain recertification credits, click below:

SHRM Certification Portal for credit tracking

HRCI Certification Portal for credit tracking


Attention SHRM Certification Credential Holders – Earn Recertification PDCs for COVID-19 Work

FAQs SHRM Certification Recertification PDC Allotment for COVID-19 Activities


The SHRM Foundation offers certification scholarships for exam and/or preparation for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

Click here to apply for scholarships