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SHRM Certification study group

You are the future. Invest in yourself with SHRM certification.

Are you ready to make an impact that will not only benefit your organization, but help ensure continued career success? Become the most qualified and valuable HR professional you can be with SHRM certification.


The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) are the only behavioral competency-based HR certifications. This means you’ll have the answers AND know what to do on the job. SHRM certifications can build and strengthen your real-world value to yourself, your organization and your future.


Boost your credibility

  • 58% of managers of SHRM-certified credential holders look to them for their enhanced efficiency and tendency toward leadership

Boost your career

  • 68% of SHRM-certified professionals report that their credential was a key factor in receiving a promotion

Boost your salary

  • 21% attribute their raise in pay to their SHRM certification
  • SHRM-certified professionals report earning higher annual salaries – nearly $18,000 more for SHRM-SCP and $7,000 more for SHRM-CP


As an Education Partner with SHRM, PHRMA's 13 week study group
combines expert instruction with the official SHRM certification
prep tool: the 2020 SHRM Learning System. 
 We offer a comprehensive
and effective way to prepare for success on your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.


This 13 week study group is designed for individuals interested in preparing for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam, achieving professional advancement and building confidence for addressing today’s human resource challenges.


Study Group Materials: Includes 2020 SHRM Learning System® ($850 value)!

This study group is based on the SHRM Learning System®, a premier-quality exam preparation tool that combines learning modules available in print and e-reader formats and online resources, accessible via mobile devices, to teach the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™).

to secure your spot in the 2020 Spring Study Group! Spaces fill up quickly! 


Whether you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP candidate or a manager seeking training for your staff, our SHRM Learning System study group can help you accomplish your certification and professional development goals.  

SHRM Certification Study Group

PHRMA currently conducts two certification Study Groups each year. The Spring Study Group starts in February to prepare participants for the May - July examination dates. The Fall Study Group starts in August to prepare participants for the December - February examination dates. 



Why join PHRMA's SHRM Learning System® Study Group? 

  • Most study groups in the Portland/Metro area are over $1200 to attend! 
  • Includes your own SHRM Learning System® which includes books, modules, practice exams and practice questions ($850 value)!
  • Learn from the experience of current HR Practitioners (The SHRM exam is based on competencies in each area of Human Resources so learning from experienced professionals is essential)
  • Network and create small study groups with HR professionals in your area
  • Learn test tips from individuals who have recently taken the SHRM exams 

(for testing May 1st through July 15th)


Dates, times and location

  • INTRODUCTORY class - Saturday, February 29th
    12:30pm - 4pm

    HR Answers: 7650 SW Beveland, Suite 130
    Tigard, OR 97223
    **light snacks will be available
  • ALL OTHER CLASSES - Tuesdays, March 3rd - May 19th
    5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Moda Tower Training Room - Compliments of Barran Liebman
    601 SW 2nd Ave, 19th floor conference room
    Portland, OR 97204


  • $615 for PHRMA members.
  • $750 SHRM Member/Non-PHRMA Member rate (Save $135 and join PHRMA before joining this study group)!
  • $150 for PHRMA members who have previously attended the Study Group (in the past 6 months) and wish to attend again (PHRMA and SHRM membership must be current).


You must be a current PHRMA and/or SHRM member upon registration. To join PHRMA and SHRM for the deepest discount, please do so here. Participants must also meet current exam eligibility requirements. Determination of exam eligibility is the responsibility of the participant. The deadline to register for the 2020 Spring Study Group is Wednesday, February 19, 2020. This study group does not include the exam fee. PHRMA reserves the right to cancel the study group at any time if a minimum enrollment of 25 participants is not reached. A full refund will be issued to participants in the event of class cancellation (refund includes study group dues only and does not include PHRMA dues). No refunds or postponements will be granted for the study group after February 19, 2020. To ensure the timely receipt of student materials early registration is recommended. Financial Aid information is available here.


Need funding or approval? 

Check with your employer to see if funding option, such as tuition reimbursement programs are available. 


Download these tools to help you! 

Register by February 19th to ensure you receive materials before the first day of class. 


For additional information, please contact the Certification team at 

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