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    Course: Human Resources Competencies Certificate

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently developed two new certification exams—The SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)—to recognize that HR professionals are at the core of leading organizational success.
    DePaul University now offers a certificate program to help HR Professionals prepare for these SHRM certification exams. The Human Resource Competencies Certificate: SHRM-CP and SCP Exam Preparation was designed primarily for individuals seeking SHRM credentials. In this program, you will focus on identifying and testing the knowledge and practical real-life experiences HR professionals around the world need to excel in an HR career today.
    The new SHRM certifications will:
    • Build on one singular Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) designed to elevate the HR profession around the world.
    • Test the HR professional’s competency—the ability to put that knowledge to work through critical thinking and application.
    • Demonstrate 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.

    Programs Associated with this Course
    • Certificate in HR Competencies
    Who Should Attend

    • HR professionals planning to take the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exam.
    • HR practitioners seeking professional development to advance their careers or update their HR knowledge.
    • HR professionals who want to enhance their marketability.
    • For the SHRM-CP, HR professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services, and perform operational HR functions.
    • For the SHRM-SCP, HR professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR function, foster influence in the community, analyze performance metrics, and align HR strategies to organizational goals.


    • Acquire comprehensive professional development
    • Gain a generalist point of view
    • Strengthen your understanding of core competencies
    • Develop universal skills and practices that can be applied to any organization
    • Prepare for the globally recognized SHRM certification exams


    Knowledge Domain Details
    SHRM Body of Competancy & Knowledge
    • People
      • Talent Acquisition & Retention
      • Employee Engagement
      • Learning & Development
      • Total Rewards
    • Organization
      • Structure of the HR Function
      • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
      • Workforce Management
      • Employee Relations
      • Technology & Data
    • Workforce
      • HR in the Global Context
      • Diversity & Inclusion
      • Risk Management
      • Corporate Social Responsibility
      • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)
    HR Competencies
    • Leadership & Navigation
    • Ethical Practice
    • Business Acumen
    • Relationship Management
    • Consultation
    • Critical Evaluation
    • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
    • Communication


    What are the credentials?
    The new SHRM credentials, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), are competency and knowledge-based credentials.
    What is the foundation for the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP?
    SHRM conducted an intensive research study to define the Competencies and Knowledge relevant to today's global HR professional. Through these efforts, a clear picture emerged of what is expected of future HR professionals and leaders. The SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™)—designed to elevate the HR profession around the world—forms the foundation for the new SHRM certification.
    Do I have to retest if I already hold an HR generalist certification from another organization?
    What is the cost to take the exam?
    The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams are each $300 for SHRM members and $400 for non-members. (This price includes a $50 non-refundable processing fee.)
    When can I take the exam?
    For information on exam windows, visit the SHRM website at:

    Where can I take the exam?

    The exam will be offered at test centers around the world via Prometric. Visit to find the exam location nearest you.
    Am I eligible for the new SHRM certification?
    Eligibility for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP is determined based on a combination of education and experience. View the eligibility requirement at:
    How long will the exam be? How many questions are on the exam?
    Candidates for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams will have 4 hours to answer a total of 160 questions, of which approximately 95 are stand-alone knowledge items and 65 will be situational judgment items.
    • Breakdown of Testing-Time:
    • Confidentiality Agreement: 2 minutes
    • Introduction and Tutorial: 8 minutes
    • Exam: 4 hours (240 minutes)
    • Survey: 5 minutes
    How does the exam test HR Competencies?
    Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) measure Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) and decision-making skills that cannot be easily measured by other aptitude tests (e.g., numerical, abstract or verbal). SJTs describe a work-related scenario that the test-taker might experience on the job and for each scenario, a variety of behavioral-based approaches to resolving the issue are suggested. Test-takers are asked to identify the most appropriate approach to resolving or addressing the scenario. Several questions may be based on the same scenario. SHRM has partnered with a premier test development organization with deep expertise in the design of situational judgment-based exams.
    I registered for an online class, when will I receive my login information?
    You should receive your login information at least two (2) business days prior to the course start date. However, if you registered less than seven (7) days prior to the course start date, you may experience a delay in access to the online course site. You may not receive your login until 2-5 business days after the course start date.
    Does this program qualify for financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
    In order to find out if you qualify for financial assistance, you must first contact Workforce Development. As a certified program under the  ILLINOIS workNet  initiative, this program has been approved for workforce training grants for those who are eligible. Funding may  be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Please contact Workforce Development for more information.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Janie Rollinson

    Phone: +1 312-362-5792

    Information Sessions

    CPE Human Resources Information Session
    July 30, 2024 at 12:00 PM
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    Upcoming Class Offerings

    Human Resources Competencies Certificate

    Dates: 10/15/2024 - 01/28/2025
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Meeting Pattern Tuesday
    Location: Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson #1002
    Cost: $1,515.00
    Registration Deadline: 10/8/2024 - a $75 late fee will be assessed after this date for late registrations
    Final Deadline: 10/15/2024 

    Human Resources Competencies Certificate

    Dates: 10/28/2024 - 02/9/2025
    Time: -
    Meeting Pattern Not specified
    Location: Online
    Cost: $1,515.00
    Registration Deadline: 10/21/2024 - a $75 late fee will be assessed after this date for late registrations
    Final Deadline: 10/28/2024 

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