SHRM Learning System and Exam Preparation

Prepare for the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP Certification Exams

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UVA SCPS is proud to partner with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) to offer a noncredit* course that prepares students for the SHRM-Certified Professional or the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional certification exams to earn highly valued industry credentials. 

In this class, you will: 

  • Learn content and strategy from seasoned HR professionals and SHRM exam preparation experts. 
  • Gain confidence in your ability to meet the challenges of the SHRM exam and pass on your first try. 
  • Benefit from live instruction, class recordings, interactive discussions, hands-on practice tests and coaching, which help you understand the nuances of complex human resources situations. 
  • Build relationships with colleagues in your industry and learn from one another’s experience.
  • Understand the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (BASK) competencies model, which defines the standards for HR professionals globally.
  • Receive exclusive discounted pricing to SHRM’s online Learning System, which forms the basis of the exam. This cost is included in the cost of the class. 

See All SHRM Certification Requirements: SHRM’s certification website details all requirements to earn the CP or SCP credential. 

How it Works

This class is offered twice a year, in the fall and spring – immediately before the SHRM testing windows, so students can complete their learning and be confident when they take their SHRM exam.

Classes meet one evening a week for live sessions with the industry-expert instructor. Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged as students benefit from discussing concepts and test strategies with the instructor and fellow HR practitioners. Synchronous (live online) sessions will be recorded and made available to students on a weekly basis. 

Students have access to the complete collection of online learning modules in the latest SHRM Learning System to complement their in-class learning. 

* Students may take this class for credit & earn an elective towards the Leadership in Human Resources Graduate Certificate 

Students may take the prep class on a not-for-credit (NCBM 410) or for-credit (HR 5112) basis. The cost of each course is the same. When completed for credit, students satisfy 3 elective credits towards the SCPS Leadership in Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate. Students may enroll in HR 5112 without applying to complete the full graduate certificate.

Next Steps

  1. Contact Cy Webb at with questions or interest
  2. Decide whether to take the course not-for-credit or for credit
  3. Register: 
Stephen Oliver

I bring real-life HR issues so that learning stays timely and relevant. Conversations in class become very rich, with students sharing their perspectives and experience. Students build relationships and help one another study and succeed.

Stephen Oliver
Course Information

NCBM 410: SHRM Learning System and Exam Preparation
(Noncredit course, does not provide credit towards SCPS Leadership in Human Resources Management Certificate.)

Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 17-Apr 30 | Synchronous sessions Wednesdays, 6-9pm; Attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. Synchronous sessions will be recorded. 

Prepares students for Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) industry certification exams (Certified Professional or Senior Certified Professional). Uses SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (BASK), which defines standards for HR professionals globally. Noncredit course. See SHRM for full certification requirements. Enrolled students receive partner price for SHRM Learning System and textbooks.

G. Faye Giles | Noncredit

How to Register for NCBM 410 (not-for-credit)

Noncredit students can register using the Visiting (New) Student Form. To do so, please follow these steps:


  • Go to the Application Management Portal.
    • Under First Time Users, click Create an Account.
    • On the Register page, provide your first name, last name, email, and date of birth.
    • Once you submit the form, a temporary PIN will be sent to your email so you can log into your account.
    • After you log in, follow the guidelines to change your password. Once your password is changed, you can begin completing the Visiting Student Form.
  • Click on Start a New Application, choose Visiting Student Form.
    • Complete the form's five sections: biographical, contact, academic, professional, and Honor Code, as well as Virginia residency for in-state tuition.
  • Submit the Visiting Student Form.


  • If you have never taken a course at UVA, within 24-72 hours you will receive an email with instructions for establishing access to the University's online resources, including instructions on establishing a UVA email account and gaining access to the Student Information System (SIS).
    • Failure to complete the steps outlined in the email will delay your ability to access University electronic resources, including electronic payment. 
  • UVA employees will not receive the email instructions. Individuals who have taken courses previously at UVA also will not receive the email instructions.  



When is this course offered?

The SHRM prep course is offered in the spring and fall semesters, or concurrently with HR 5112.  Accordion content.


Price: $1314, which includes the noncredit course, textbooks and shipping, and access to the SHRM Learning System for 18 months.

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