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Are you looking for help to navigate the increased demands on HR professionals? 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

  • Of SHRM-certified professionals who were promoted, 63% report that their credential was a key factor.

Boost your salary

  • HR professionals who pass the SHRM certification exam report earning salaries 7%-9% higher than peers who do not.


PHRMA is an elite, SHRM Education Partner and offers two, 13-week study groups each year. 

These study groups combine 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 with an over 95% pass rate for study group participants! 
With our online course, you’ll benefit from live instruction and interaction with peers – so you can prepare with confidence – from home.

Achieve professional advancement and build confidence in addressing today's HR challenges and prepare to earn your SHRM Certification with PHRMA's Study Group. Apply today!



We proudly serve this community and have helped countless HR professionals in the Portland area 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.


Steps to SHRM Certification

  1. Determine your eligibility. Your know your background best, so it will be up to yo to ensure you qualify for the exam you sign up to take. 
  2. Prepare for the exam with expert guidance from PHRMA and choose the best option for you: 

  Option 1:13-week exam preparation course with SHRM Learning System AND discounted SHRM exam fee voucher

PHRMA Member: $910

Non-Member: $1,075

$1,275 value!

  Option 2:13-week exam preparation course with SHRM Learning System

PHRMA Member: $640

Non-Member: $775

$975 value!


3. Apply to sit for the exam before November 6th for the Winter Testing Window, December 1, 2020 through February 15, 2021.   Choose a testing center a remote proctoring from the convenience and safety of your own home.

  (If you purchase option 1 above, use the voucher PHRMA sent you when you register). 

  4. Take the exam and leverage your SHRM Certification!


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.

Your journey toward SHRM certification can now be done 100% online.

Like many HR professionals worldwide, you’re likely adjusting to new routines, schedules and working situations to accommodate global health concerns. We understand how challenging that can be navigate and want to let you know we’re here to help

It’s more important than ever to take a step back and refocus on your personal well-being and goals. And if one of your goals includes continued HR advancement, our fully online courses can help you get there. You’ll get all the benefits of an in-person classroom experience with live instruction from a certified instructor, as well as interaction and discussions with fellow HR professionals, but in the comfort of your own home.


And once you’ve completed our course, you can continue your journey to SHRM certification by taking the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam at home, with SHRM’s new live  remote proctoring  exam option.


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. 



  • 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 ($950 value)!

                The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are built upon the SHRM 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. 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.

  • 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 other HR professionals
  • Learn test tips from individuals who have recently taken the SHRM exams 


(for testing December 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021)


Dates, times and location

  • Tuesdays, September 8th through December 1st
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Zoom - All meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.  


  • Option 1: 13-week exam preparation course with SHRM Learning System AND discounted SHRM exam fee voucher
    PHRMA Member: $910
    Non-Member: $1,075
    $1,275 value!
  • Option 2: 13-week exam preparation course with SHRM Learning System
    PHRMA Member: $640
    Non-Member: $775
    $975 value!
  • $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 Fall Study Group is Friday, August 31st. 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. No refunds or postponements will be granted for the study group after September 8, 2020. To ensure the timely receipt of student materials early registration is recommended. Financial Aid information is available here.


Register by August 31st to ensure you receive materials before the first day of class. 


For additional information, please contact the Certification team at 

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