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SHRM Certification

Professional certification shows that you have demonstrated mastery of the HR body of knowledge and competencies and have accepted the personal challenge to stay abreast of new developments in the field of Human Resources. Certification makes you a recognized expert within the HR field!

Earn the Standard in HR Certification with a SHRM Learning System® Study Group. 

PHRMA is offering a SHRM Learning System® study group to expand your human resource knowledge and prepare you for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (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 2019 SHRM Learning System® ($695 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™).


or Download the study group application here and secure your spot in the 2019 Fall 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.  

Download the SHRM Learning System® Brochure

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 ($695 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 December 1, 2019- February 15, 2020)

Dates: Tuesdays: September 10th through December 3rd)
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Mercer: 111 SW Columbia, Suite 500 Portland, OR 97201     


  • $615 for PHRMA members.
  • $699 SHRM Member/Non-PHRMA Member rate (Registration plus PHRMA dues)
  • $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 SHRM member upon registration. To join SHRM, please click 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 2019 Fall Study Group is Friday, August 23rd. 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 August 23, 2019. To ensure the timely receipt of student materials early registration is recommended. Financial Aid information is available here.


Register by August 23rd to ensure your SHRM Learning System® is available to you on the first day of class. 


or Download a copy of the study group registration form here. Please EMAIL or MAIL your application to:

PO Box 13515

Portland, OR 97213

OR Email to: 



For additional information, please contact the Certification team at 

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