Spring 2021 SHRM Certification Exam Prep Study Course

Our professional instructor will cover the three domains and modules covered in the SHRM HR competency course, and there will be an opportunity for valuable learning through peer discussion. The intensive study session begins Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Click here for more information and to register.

PHR/SPHR Professional Certification Information

Certification is becoming the accepted way to establish your credentials as a Human Resources professional. SHRM St. Louis encourages its members to aspire to achieve professional certification.

The Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) offers Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification examinations during two month testing "windows" in the spring and fall of each year. You have the flexibility of choosing the date you will take the exam.

Consult HRCI for all the details including upcoming testing windows of time and locations where you can take the exam.

The HRCI web site has a link for a downloadable PHR/SPHR Handbook. This book has been updated to include the new test standards, while the web page has not yet been updated. We suggest you download it and print it for yourself - it is 96 pages. Click here to access the Handbook.


To retain the PHR, SPHR or GPHR designations, HRCI requires all certificants to recertify every three years either by accumulating 60 educational hours through continuing education, instruction, on-the-job experience, research and publishing, leadership activities, or membership in a national or international professional organization such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), or by retaking the examination ("recertification by examination"). For more information about how to recertify by retaking the exam, please refer to the most recent version of the GPHR or PHR and SPHR Certification Handbook.

It is recommended that you become aware of the unique recertification requirements that apply to PHR and SPHR recertification. DON'T WAIT! You are encouraged to begin accumulating credit hours as soon as you have become certified or recertified.

For additional information about certification, re-certification, your individual situation or the programs offered by SHRM St. Louis, contact Katie Magoon.


SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Business leadership has changed over recent decades. We now live and work in a global economy, in which geographic borders are virtually non-existent, and innovation, agility and strategy are critical success factors. The HR profession operates at the core of this global economy, ensuring the alignment of organizational strategy with a high-performing workforce. The SHRM credentials, SHRM Certifed Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), address these new roles.

As the leading advocate for HR professionals worldwide, providing HR research and education, SHRM launched an unparalleled study to define not only the knowledge, but also the competencies required of today's HR leaders. The result of this rigorous research was the SHRM HR Competency Model which forms an important foundation for the new SHRM Certification.

The new SHRM Certification recognizes that HR professionals are at the core of leading organizational success:

  • It is built on one singular Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK) designed to elevate the HR profession around the world
  • It tests the HR professional's competency - the ability to put that knowledge to work through critical thinking and application
  • It demonstrates that the HR professional is a technical expert and has mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies through practice and experience, to drive business results

Click here for more information about SHRM Certification.


All of SHRM St. Louis' monthly programs qualify for HRCI and SHRM certification credit. Please contact the office at [email protected] for more information.