HR Certification Exam Preparation

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In your career, credibility is everything. To perform effectively, you need to develop technical HR expertise and leverage it through key behavioral competencies. To advance in your career, whether by rising through the ranks in your organization or positioning yourself for new opportunities, your leaders, peers, and employees need to recognize and endorse you as a trusted and credible HR practitioner and business partner.

Enroll in the University of Utah’s Connected Learning SHRM Prep Course to prepare for the SHRM SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam or the HRCI aPHR, PHR, or SPHR exam.

Students can expect to build their competencies, establish credibility, and advance their careers after successfully completing this course and passing the examination of choice.

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Class Details

This course is designed to leverage HR professionals' knowledge and skills to successfully pass the industry's leading certification exams: SHRM (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) or HRCI (aPHR, PHR, or SPHR). Your dual-certified, expert facilitator will build on the foundation you’ve already established through your HR work experience or studies. The course includes discussions, reviews, quizzes on core exam knowledge areas, sample test questions, test-taking strategies, and key study areas. You will identify and build on your strengths and pinpoint areas needing further study to prepare for the exam. Ready to take the first step toward your certification goal? Your HR experience, in-depth study of certification resources, and this classroom experience will ensure you're well-prepared and confident on exam day.


  • The program is hosted over Zoom or in-person, varying each semester.
  • This class includes 36 hours of instruction.
  • For individual class dates and formats, scroll down to Upcoming Classes.


Class formats, dates and times vary each semester. Our live classes are not recorded and may be offered online or in-person.

Tuition: Please refer to current published classes for tuition.

  • Tuition listed is subject to change without advance notice semester to semester.
  • University of Utah Employee Discount Eligible.
  • Financial aid is not available for this non-credit program. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employer about tuition assistance.

Materials: Students must provide their own study materials. For an optimal classroom experience, study materials should not be over two years old.

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Earning accreditations from SHRM or HRCI offers several key benefits for HR professionals:

Professional Credibility:

  • Recognition: Widely recognized in the HR industry, showing you have high knowledge and skills.

Career Opportunities:

  • Job Market Edge: Gives you an advantage in the job market and makes you more attractive to employers.
  • Promotion Potential: Increases your chances for promotions and leadership roles.

Networking Opportunities:

  • Professional Networks: Access to special events and communities.
  • Mentorship and Support: Offers valuable guidance and support throughout your career.

Financial Benefits:

  • Higher Salary: Accredited professionals often earn higher salaries.
  • Bonuses: Some employers offer extra money for earning these accreditations.

Accreditations from SHRM or HRCI boost credibility, open career opportunities, support professional growth, and provide financial benefits.


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM):

To be eligible for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, you must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time you submit your application.

  • To apply, and confirm you meet the SHRM exam requirements please visit the SHRM website.
  • The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are offered during two windows each year. Applications must be received by the standard deadline for each window. For more information on the application deadlines and exam windows visit the SHRM website.

Human Resources Standards Institute (HRCI):

To be eligible for the aPHR, PHR, or SPHR exam, you must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time you submit your application.

  • To apply, and confirm you meet the HRCI exam requirements please visit the HRCI website.
  • HRCI exam is offered continually, with no exam window.

If you have any questions about the certifications above or would like to compare certifications, please contact the accrediting bodies listed above.