About the Program

As an approved education partner with SHRM, Penn State instructors combine expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System to offer a comprehensive and effective way to prepare for success on the SHRM-CP™ or SHRM-SCP™ exam. Students will:

  • Gain one-on-one guidance to help you comprehend and learn to apply your new HR knowledge.
  • Engage with a proven with the SHRM Learning System that dynamically adjust to students’ interaction.
  • Acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies you need to prepare to pass the exam.
  • Network and collaborate with peers to share real-life examples and bring HR knowledge and competencies to life.
  • Stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience and support.

Eligibility Requirements

The SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ certifications are built upon the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK™), which is more than an exam outline. It defines the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies required for effective HR professionals around the world. Eight behavioral competencies and 15 functional areas that every HR professional should know are included in this intense review.

To be eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP™ and SHRM-SCP™ exams, you must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time you submit your application. View details on SHRM exam eligibility requirements >

Career Potential

Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community

By becoming SHRM certified, you prove your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to employers looking for a competitive edge in today's global economy. Wherever your career takes you, your SHRM certification will define you as an HR expert and leader, and our review course can help you get there.

Are you a member of an HR team, but not seeking certification? Consider advancing your career and improve your HR skills by attending the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP course to strengthen your professional development by refreshing key ideas and concepts, reinforcing your understanding of core behavior and technical competencies, and increasing your workplace productivity.

Need help to determine which exam to take? This guide will help you determine which exam is right for you; then, determine your exam eligibility.

Meet the Instructor

E. Joy McFerren, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior HR Business Leader

Joy is a strategic HR Business Leader with experience in medical devices, manufacturing, distribution, pharmaceutical and hospitality industries. She possesses leadership, business acumen, creativity and concern for people. Her expertise in providing full-service HR support including organizational development, employee relations, and guidance to site management teams and collaborative management style makes her an effective change agent in a variety of structures. Joy has a proven ability to establish strong partnership with management teams to build environments with high performance standards and high value on human capital. Joy teaches the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP review course using the SHRM Learning System and online resources in a caring and competent manner.

Course Offerings

SHRM CP-SCP Learning System Review – MGMT 9436

Dates: Thursday, September 5 - December 5, 2024 (no class 11/28)
Times: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Delivery: Live Instruction via Zoom Classroom
Cost: $1,500 for National SHRM Members, or
          $1,600 for non-member
           Textbook is included in the registration fee


Note: We recommend registering prior to August 26, 2024, to ensure textbook delivery prior to first scheduled class.


Check with your employer to determine if you are eligible for employer tuition reimbursement.