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SHRM Certification Exam Prep

The Center for Professional Education and SHRM Chattanooga are excited to partner together to offer the SHRM Certification Exam. This intensive 36-contact-hour program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge, and stay on track for success on the exam. 


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Who Should Enroll?

Our certification exam prep course  is designed primarily for individuals seeking SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

  • Increase your knowledge

  • Advance your skills

  • Earn recognition from the global community

Individuals must meet a level of HR experience.

Learn more about experience and education requirements →


What You Will Learn

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Course Topics

HR Competencies

  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication


  • HR Strategic Planning
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Learning & Development
  • Employee Engagement & Retention
  • Total Rewards
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  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee & Labor Relations
  • Technology Management


  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)


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How You Will Benefit

  • Access to flashcards, practice exams, and hundreds of practice questions
  • Learn from expert instructors who use real-life examples to facilitate success
  • Network with fellow HR professionals and build study groups 
  • Acquire relevant worldwide global standards from the global SHRM BoCK™
  • Prepare to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of your organization

  • Bring new ideas to your organization that will help drive success




Meet Your Instructors:

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Kim Sexton, SHRM-SCP

Kim Sexton is a senior level human resources professional with over 25 years of healthcare experience in human resources, management, and operations. She currently serves as an HR Consultant for Erlanger and previously served as the Director of Human Resources for Erlanger’s ContinuCare Health Services. Before joining Erlanger, Kim was the Director of HR for Hutcheson Medical Center and Covenant Health Systems. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Planning and Administration from UT Knoxville. Kim is also a member of SHRM Chattanooga and serves as the College Relations Chair.

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Venessa Campbell, J.D., SHRM-CP

Venessa Campbell is an attorney, human resource professional, and certified mediator with more than 12 years of experience in HR employee relations and legal compliance She currently serves as a TN Supreme Court listed mediator for Arbitration and Mediation Services handling both legal and interpersonal conflict in workplace disputes, business contracts, and general civil/family matters. Prior to joining AMS, Venessa served as Director of Human Resources and Compliance for Vann Homecare Services. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland Law School. She is a member of SHRM Chattanooga and currently serves alongside Kim as a member of the College Relations Board.

SHRM Resources

Eligibility Requirements

To earn your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP you must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time you submit your application to be eligible to sit for the exam. Learn more →


To learn more about SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification, testing windows and to download the Certification Handbook,  visit the SHRM website →

SHRM Chattanooga

Connect with the local SHRM affiliate chapter →

Financial Aid

Learn more about financial aid and discounts →

Refund Policy

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