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    College of Charleston is considering offering a special 4 Day Intensive Course/Study Group in June to assist with passing the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exam before the end of the summer testing window on July 15th. Participants would be expected to schedule their exam for after the 4 Day Intensive Dates and also study independently for 4-6 weeks prior to the 4 Day Intensive. The location would be in one of their training rooms in their north campus location (3800 Paramount Dr, North Charleston).

    • The College of Charleston enrollment fee of $1,250 would cover the cost of the SHRM Learning System online and print study materials – approx. $1,000 value (no shipping charges would apply).  Duke offers a similar program for over $1,500.
    • The dates being considered are: Monday, June 10, Tuesday, June 11, Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14 : 10 am - 4 pm (lunch included)
    • The deadline to sign up for the SHRM exam through SHRM is 4/12 for the summer exam “window” and the course through the College of Charleston would be the same.

    At least five participants are needed to make this happen so we want to gauge interest before committing resources and advertising for this year. Please contact Karen Clark ASAP if this is something you are interested in.



    A message from Karen Clark, PSHRM Certification Chair


    Why certification? How will it benefit me, and how can I obtain it?

    Obtaining certification shows that one has mastered the human resources body of knowledge through dedication and proven credibility within the profession. Through recertification, one has made a decision to keep up with new developments, an investment that holds a recognized place in the profession. In today's world, when looking for candidates for human resource positions, employers prefer to employ candidates who have obtained a human resources certification.

    On average, HR professionals with an SPHR certification can earn nearly double what their counterparts who do not hold the credential earn. Holding certification and having the expertise, experience and competence that the certification stands for also translates to career growth. According to a survey done by, HR professionals who are certified make substantially more than their non-certified counterparts with an estimated difference of nearly $20,000!

     To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. To remain certified, you must stay current in the HR profession and recertify every three years. If you're an HR professional interested in becoming certified or a student interested in pursuing a career in human resources and would like to take the exam, you can gain your certification by successfully passing the examination.


    What are the differences between HRCI & SHRM?

    HRCI has been the traditional certification route for many HR professionals for over four decades. Obtaining certification through HRCI is a credential that organizations are seeking, from small companies all the way to Fortune 500 firms. HRCI has a proven record of elevating the HR professional through their certifications. The brand is the most well-known to date, however, there are changes on the horizon.

    In 2015, SHRM launched another certification which has created much confusion in our field. As SHRM had originally partnered with HRCI for the traditional certification, SHRM decided to break off from the partnership and offer its own certification exam and credentials - the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). As this new option is relatively new, several HR professionals have made the decision to retain both certifications in order to remain abreast with the field's ever - changing expectations.

    Anyone considering certification in 2018 is encouraged to take the SHRM certification route. The College of Charleston School of Professional Studies and Trident Technical College offer courses through the SHRM Learning System which helps prepare HR professionals for the new SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certification exam. These courses provide a structured learning experience led by experienced instructors that help keep you on track with your studies, offer opportunities to network and learn from peers and increase your chances of passing the challenging exams.

    The exam windows are made available twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. The Spring application window opens January 22nd and closes March 23rd (late application until April 13th). The Fall application window opens May 14th and closes October 19th (late application until November 9th).

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    2018 HRCI Exam Schedule

    Fitting your certification exam schedule into a testing window is now a thing of the past. HR Certification Institute (HRCI) provides year round testing. Exam dates for all seven HRCI certifications are available, on any day of the year, at approved testing centers. You must still meet all eligibility requirements to take an exam. The exam approval is valid for 180 calendar days from the application approval date.

    Learn more about HRCI's certification at and SHRM certification at These sites contain current information about both HRCI & SHRM's Human Resources Certification Exams as well as information regarding how to apply, eligibility requirements, test content, testing center locations and fees.

    How do I renew my PHR, SHRM-CP, SPHR or GPHR certifications?

    Please click here to access recertification basics at HRCI, or view their web site, to access recertification information pertaining to SHRM, please click here.  Please note that continuing education credits (such as those offered at our monthly chapter meetings or through SHRM's e-Learning program) and serving the HR community—for instance, by volunteering to serve on our board can go a long way toward your recertification!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


    Karen Clark, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    2018 PSHRM Certification Chair

    Please check out our chapter website for announcements regarding recertification credit offerings.


    Applicable Certification Credits announced with session material.