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Certification Self-Guided Study Group Information

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    To register for a Certification Scholarship provided by GVHRA, please complete the Certification Scholarship Application Form.

    There is a lot of uncertainity in the world right now.  If your goal is to earn your HR credentials, keep going.  There is no better time than now to pursue your professional HR certification.  GVHRA looks forward to supporting you in your successful pursuit of your SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR.   If you are interested in participating in a self-study group please email Brenda Haakenson (GVHRA Certification Chair) at and you will be contacted when we have other interest and are able to offer some options.  Below you can find all of the information to help you determine which certification is right for you. 

    Both SHRM and HRCI are making many accomodations during this time of COVID-19 and social distancing to help you with recertifications, credit, or obtaining your certification.  Please go directly to their perspective web pages and read about these temporary changes.  If there is something you are unable to find answers for please reach out and we will try our best to assist you.

    Click here to view a video on testing for HRCI-PHR, SPHR, GPHR from the comfort of your own home.  Click here to follow the instructions on how to register.

    Click here for SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP next testing windows or read below.  


    EXTENDED Early-Bird Application Deadline:  April 10, 2020

    2020 Spring Testing Window is now:  June 1 - August 15, 2020  (Regular Application Dedline is extended to Friday, May 15, 2020)

    2020-2021 Winter Testing Window:  December 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021  (Regular Application Deadline is November 6, 2020) 

    ***Effective June 1, SHRM will offer remote proctoring option, which provides an opportunity to test from home.  Check the website for full details; geographic restricstions apply.***

    GVHRA seeks to host certification self-guided study groups for professionals seeking their SHRM HR Certification, provided there are enough individuals interested in becoming certified.  If you are interested in participating in a self-guided study group, please email

    If there are enough interested in forming a self-guided study group you will want to be prepared to answer to the following questions:  

    1)      Which exam would you prefer to prepare for? (SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR)

    2)      Would you prefer to meet weekly for 12 weeks, or attend a condensed 1.5 day preparation session (on a Friday/Saturday)?

    3)      If meeting weekly, which weeknight is best?

    You will be contacted and informed if there are other individuals who are interested in a self-study group and if there is no availability we can talk about what we can do to support you in your journey to become HR certified.

    Thank you!

    If you are already certified and would like the opportunity to support your peers in their certification while earning re-certification credit, please click HERE.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns:  Thank you!