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SHRM Partnership 2023

SHRM Learning System Course

Certification Prep-class

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Be Prepared for Any HR Challenges with SHRM Certification

If you’ve been thinking about earning your SHRM certification, it’s time to make your move. In fact, in a recent survey, 92% of HR executives agree that it will be important for HR professionals to be SHRM-certified in the future*.

So don’t wait, the SHRM Certified Professional® (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional® (SHRM-SCP®) can help you build the confidence to address today’s HR challenges.

*2020-2021 SHRM HR Careers Study

Upcoming Classes

Beginning February 17, 2024 – May 4, 2024
Meeting Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (virtual)

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Classes fill quickly, don’t miss your spot!
It’s easy to register online.

Exam Scheduling

Scheduling Your Exam: For best results, schedule your certification exam for a date that is after the end of your preparation course.

Test Window: December 1, 2023 – February 15, 2024

Live remote proctoring is now available for SHRM certification exams, so you have the option to take your test at home or at a testing center.

Need funding or approval?

Pursuing your career goals can be particularly challenging right now. To help support you, here are a few ideas for funding your certification journey.

  • Check with your employer to see if funding options, such as tuition reimbursement, are available.
  • Download our “Approach Your Boss” toolkit to help you get the conversation started.

Prepare Effectively

Why earn your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential?

  • Increase your earning potential
    HR professionals who pass the SHRM certification exam report earning salaries 7%-9% higher than peers who do not.
  • Get promoted
    71% of HR executive agree that SHRM certification increases the likelihood of obtaining a promotion in HR*.
  • Gain credibility
    82% of HR executives agree that SHRM certification increases the overall credibility of your HR department*.

*2020-2021 SHRM HR Careers Study

SHRM Learning System-Product Highlights

A Course Designed for Your Success

This course combines expert instruction with the most comprehensive and effective way to prepare for success on your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. The interactive SHRM Learning System provides a roadmap to guide your studies through the entire SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™) which provides the foundation for both SHRM certification exams.

  • Study According to Your Lifestyle
    • Online eReader and downloadable ePublications are both included
    • Printed books can be purchased if that’s your preferred reading experience
    • At home or on-the-go, the SHRM Learning System is portable and convenient
    • 24/7 access to all the materials so you can study when it fits in your schedule
  • Build Your Knowledge and Confidence with Practice Questions
    • More than 2500 practice questions
    • Pretest, Quizzes, Post-test, and Practice Exam are included
    • Practice Exam is made up of questions that were previously used on actual SHRM certification exams
  • Keep on Track with Your Personal Dashboard
    • Track your progress in relation to your exam date
    • Quickly see completed tasks, scores, and recommended next steps
    • Easily navigate to your next area of study
    • Review areas you’ve already completed to retain learning
  • Access Important Testing Resources, Right at Your Fingertips
    • SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™), which provides the foundation for both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams
    • SHRM Certification Handbook
    • “Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam” Guide
  • Easily Navigate Through Three Steps to Success
    1. 1-ASSESS: Take the Pretest to evaluate your knowledge gaps
    2. 2-STUDY: Study the topics and use the online tools to close your gaps
    3. 3-PASS:  Prepare for success on your exam by completing the Post-test and Practice Exam

SHRM BASK and the HR Profession

SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™)

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are built upon the SHRM BASK which is more than an exam outline. It defines the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies required for effective HR professionals around the world.

To maintain this level of excellence and relevancy, SHRM brought together some of the best minds in the HR profession to define eight behavioral competencies and 15 functional areas that every HR professional should know.

4 Steps to SHRM Certification

  1. Determine your eligibility.
    • 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.
    • Candidates for the SHRM-CP certification are not required to hold an HR title and do not need a degree or previous HR experience to apply; however, a basic working knowledge of HR practices and principles is recommended.
  2. Apply for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.
  3. Prepare for the certification exam with expert guidance from Saint Rose.
  4. Take the exam and leverage your certification.

For complete certification details, visit

SHRM Exam Testing Options: In-person or At Home
The SHRM certification exams are offered in-person at an authorized testing center, or from home through live remote proctoring. Choose the option that feels most comfortable to you.

Detailed Course Information

The SHRM Learning System is the official SHRM certification prep tool. This interactive roadmap delivers the most comprehensive, flexible, and effective SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam preparation.

Designed using a proven approach for teaching adult learners, this system helps you understand, apply, and engage with behavioral competencies and HR Knowledge. Online learning modules, based on the SHRM BASK, and interactive study tools, are incorporated into the study process to test your knowledge and decision-making skills. There’s no better way to successfully prepare for the SHRM certification exams.


Start with the 160-question assessment to establish your current knowledge and identify your gaps.


Maximize your study time as the system guides you through relevant, bite-sized topics based on your knowledge gaps. Put your learning to the test with more than 2,500 practice questions, flashcards, Quickstart videos, and Competencies in Action activities.


Boost your exam day confidence with expert test-taking tips and a cumulative post-test. Maximize your exam readiness with a Practice Exam made up of 160 questions previously offered on the actual SHRM certification.

Study with learning modules that provide an in-depth exploration of the knowledge domains and behavioral competencies tested on the SHRM exams.

Module — HR Competencies

  • Leadership
    • Leadership & Navigation
    • Ethical Practice
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Interpersonal
    • Relationship Management
    • Communication
    • Global Mindset
  • Business
    • Business Acumen
    • Consultation
    • Analytical Aptitude

Module — People

  • HR Strategy
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Engagement & Retention
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards

Module — Organization

  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee & Labor Relations
  • Technology Management

Module — Workplace

  • Managing a Global Workforce
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • S. Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. Only)

We can all use a little extra support from our peers right now. Our virtual course lets you safely network from a distance with other HR professionals in our community.

Deal with new on-the-job issues:
With all the changes in the workplace due to COVID-19, HR professionals are dealing with many additional challenges on the job. Take this course now and learn how to manage a remote workforce, increase employee engagement, and support employee health and wellness.

Prepare and test from home:
Combine our virtual course with the Remote Proctor exam option and you can safely prepare and take the SHRM certification exam from home. Remote proctoring is a convenient and reliable alternative to taking your exam at a Prometric test center.

Do you wish you could prepare for your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam with the guidance of an expert instructor, without leaving home? Attend one of our live, virtual, instructor-led certification prep courses. Our instructors are all SHRM-certified and dedicated to helping you succeed on exam day.

Join our digital learning community and increase your chances of passing your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. Instructors will be on hand to answer your questions, guide you through interactive discussions, review sample test questions and provide exclusive test-taking tips.

Registration includes the 2022 SHRM Learning System—the official cert prep tool, updated with 160 questions previously offered on the actual SHRM certification exams and a digital copy of Ace Your SHRM Exam: A Guide to Success on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exams by Nancy Woolever, SHRM-SCP.

We proudly serve this community and have helped countless HR professionals in the Capital Region earn their credential and achieve career goals. Our locally certified instructors live and work in this community and truly understand your needs. We are in this together and look forward to helping you succeed.

  • As a special convenience to our students, you can pay for your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam and an instructor-led prep course through Saint Rose.
  • Pay for your SHRM certification exam and an instructor-led prep course in one easy step with Saint Rose.

Advance Your Career
Not sure about certification, but still want to improve your HR skills to meet the demands of today’s world of work? Then SHRM Learning System Course could be the perfect fit for you. The course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core behavior and technical competencies, and increase productivity in the workplace.


Course Instructor:


Matthew Burr has over 15-years of experience working in the human resources field, starting his career as an Industrial Relations Intern at Kennedy Valve Manufacturing to most recently founding and managing a human resource consulting company; Burr Consulting, LLC, Talentscape, LLC and Co-Owner of Labor Love, a Labor, and Employment Law poster printing company.

Matthew has been featured on CNN Money, Fast Company, Fits Small Business, Fox News, Magnify Money,, My Twin Tiers, Namely, Student Loan Hero, Smart Sheet and CEO Blog Nation, Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Prior to founding the consulting firm, the majority of his career was spent in manufacturing and healthcare. He specializes in labor and employment law, conflict resolution, performance management, labor, and employment relations. Matthew has a generalist background in HR and provides strategic HR services to his clients, focusing on small and medium sized organizations. He works as an Adjunct at Alfred State University and Continuing Education Instructor and Collin College.

He successfully designed an HR Concentration in the business management major that is aligned with both SHRM and HRCI certifications, providing opportunities for students to sit for both the SHRM-CP and aPHR certifications upon completion of the degree, concentration, and internship hours. Matthew is also the SHRM Certification Exam Instructor, with a current pass rate of 89%on the SHRM-SCP and 100% pass rate on the SHRM-CP and a combined 94.4% on both exams over a 4.5-year period of instructing the course. Matthew works as a trainer Tompkins Cortland Community College, Corning Community College, Broome Community College, Penn State University and HR Instructor for Certification Preparation for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). He also acts as an On-Call Mediator and Factfinder through the Public Employment Relations Board in New York State, working with public sector employers and labor unions.

Matthew has been featured on CNN Money, Fast Company, Fits Small Business, Fox News, Magnify Money,, My Twin Tiers, Namely, Student Loan Hero, Smart Sheet and CEO Blog Nation, Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

SHRM Recertification Provider CP-SCP Seal 2023

Already Certified?

Earn Re-certification Credits with the Saint Rose Learning System class.

You’ve already invested the time and hard work to earn your credentials, don’t let your certification slip away. The College of Saint Rose is a trusted source for re-certification credits. Brush up your skills and earn up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs) by attending our SHRM Learning System course.

Did you know SHRM is continuously updating and improving the recertification process? Download the Recertification Handbook for all the details.

What Our students Say

At Living Resources, where I serve as Director of HR, I completed the class in 2007, and I have since referred 4 members of my HR team to enroll…all 4 passed SHRM-CP exam. In my opinion, the class will thoroughly prepare you to take the exam, and is a great opportunity to promote career development within your organization.

I highly recommend the College of Saint Rose SHRM Learning System Prep class for anyone interested in broadening their skill set in Human Resources and being recognized as a true professional in the field. Additionally, from an organizational viewpoint, it’s a Win-Win, considering the benefits an organization will receive from having skilled HR professionals as business partners.”

Joe LaMalfa, PHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of HR
Living Resources Corp

I passed the SHRM-CP certification exam and greatly credit this Saint Rose class. I recommend it to everyone I know interested in studying for their SHRM credentials.”

Caroline, SHRM-CP
Talent Acquisition

This course provided me with the opportunity to interact with other HR professionals who shared similar interest in advancing their careers. In addition, the course offered me the framework that helped me prepare for and pass both the SHRM-SCP and the SPHR examinations. As a result I now have the credentials to take my career to the next level.”


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