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    College of Charleston is offering a special 4 Day Intensive Course/Study Group beginning in June 2020 to assist with passing the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exam before the end of the summer testing window on July 15th. Interested 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 sessions will be held in one of the training rooms in their north campus location where we hold our PSHRM meetings (3800 Paramount Drive, N. Charleston, SC) and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day (lunch provided).

    • The College of Charleston enrollment fee of $1,250 will 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 deadline to sign up for the SHRM exam through SHRM is typically late-March/mid-April for the summer exam “window” and enrollment in Intensive Course/Study Group through the College of Charleston will be the same.

    At least five participants are needed. Please click here for information and to be added to the list for early notification once dates are confirmed.



    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. 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 the SHRM 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.

    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.

    Anyone considering certification going forward 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 help prepare HR professionals for the new SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certification exams. 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.

    For more information visit:

    SHRM Exam Schedule

    The SHRM exam windows are made available twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Click here for exam window dates and fees. 

    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.

    How do I renew my certifications?

    Please visit the web sites for HRCI and SHRM to access recertification information.  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 (by volunteering to serve on our board, for example) can go a long way toward your recertification!

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


    Karen Clark, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    2019 PSHRM Certification Chair

    Please check out the Meetings and Events tab for information regarding recertification credit offerings.


    Applicable Certification Credits announced in meeting announcements.