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School of Continuing EducationSHRM Learning System Certification

You are the future. Invest in yourself with SHRM Certification!

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™).

Four Steps to Success:

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1. Are you Eligible?

Students who would like to earn their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP must meet certain requirements. Click here to determine your eligibility.

2. Enroll in ODU's SHRM Learning System

Prepare for the certification exam with expert guidance from ODU's SHRM Learning System classes. Our HR professionals have years of experience and are ready to help you achieve your professional goals.

3. Apply to Test

Once you're fully prepared by either taking our SHRM Learning System, or SHRM Learning System plus test prep, it's time to apply for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.

4. Earn SHRM Certification

Take the exam and leverage your certification. Once you've completed your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP you're now part of an elite group of HR professionals who excel and are seen as industry leaders.

Course Information

Becoming SHRM Certified proves your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to employers looking for a competitive edge in today's global economy. Many employers favor candidates with SHRM credentials; some now require it. The future of HR is here through the nation's only competency-based HR certification. SHRM's global HR credentials, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, offer growth, advancement and recognition. These credentials are based on extensive global research involving employers, academics, and practicing HR professionals at all levels to ensure they maintain an industry-leading level of excellence and relevance in our ever-evolving profession.

ODU's SHRM Learning System Course can be taken In-Person or Online. And if you aren't prepared to commit to the certification course, consider our SHRM Essentials of HR Management Course.

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are built upon the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™), which is more than an exam outline. It defines the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies required for effective HR professionals around the world.

Our course is based on the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. Comprised of comprehensive learning modules teaching the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™), and advanced online multimedia resources, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning and build confidence for passing the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam. Read more about SHRM Preparation Tools below.

Our certification preparation 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 their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community
  • An experienced, certified instructor
  • The SHRM Learning System, historically ranked the #1 HR certification prep tool
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers
  • Tuition reimbursement and up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs)


Susan Craft, Founder & CEO of Consulting by Design of Princess Anne, has been a Strategic Business Partner with leading firms in the area for over 25 years. She holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Administration from Troy State University. Susan is certified as a SHRM-SCP from Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, she holds the certifications SPHR, Senior Professional in Human Resource and GPHR, Global Professional in Human Resource from Human Resources Certification Institute. She is a Core Consulting Partner and Certified Trainer in Connected Leadership, Leader P.O.V., Connected Communications, and Connecting with Executives with CODA Partners. Susan is the Immediate Past Chair of the Eggleston Board of Directors, Past State Council Director for Virginia SHRM State Council, Past President for Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management and continues to serve on various boards and committees throughout the state. She regularly presents at conferences, seminars, and workshops. Susan teaches for Old Dominion University Strome College of Business and School for Continuing Education. Susan has extensive experience and expertise in the following areas: Leadership Development, Employee Relations, Recruiting & Retention, Compensation & Benefits, EEO & Diversity, Health & Safety, Downsizing/ Rightsizing, Organizational Development, Training & Development, Career Development, Executive Coaching, 360º Assessment, International HR, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Stacy Hawks, SPHR

Stacy Hawks, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, IPMA-SCP is a Senior Human Resources Analyst with over sixteen years of experience in the private and public sectors. Her broad experience includes, employee relations, compensation, organizational development, talent acquisition, management, payroll and benefits. Her career has included work in various industries including professional services, technology, public safety and medical services.

Stacy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Administration and holds a Masters of Business Administration. She is certified as a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), a Human Resource Certification Institute Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and an International Public Management Association for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (IPMA--SCP). She is currently the President of the Hampton Roads SHRM Chapter and has served in various leadership roles at both the local and state levels of HRSHRM and VASHRM. Stacy lends her expertise to various activities including being a judge for Best Place to Work For in Hampton Roads and serving as a member of the Human Resources Committee at Eggleston Services.

Next Steps

Register- Spring 2023 ONLINE-Live (Synchronous) Session!

Dates: January 11 - April 19, 2023 (Wednesdays)

Time: 7:10 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.

ONLINE via ZOOM (from your home or office) *

*Class sessions will not be recorded; students must log in during the scheduled day/time to participate.

Fees: Registration: $1,425.00 with ($50) Discount for Military, ODU Alumni/Students & SHRM Members: $1,375.00

Course fee includes all books, including one year access to the SHRM online learning resources, but does not include registration for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP examinations. Discounts will not be provided for students that purchased outside books or materials. Click here for our refund policy.


Register- Spring 2023 LIVE (in-person) Session!

Dates: March 4 - April 22, 2023 (Saturdays)

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30.p.m.

ODU Virginia Beach Center, room 424

Fees: Registration: $1,425.00 with ($50) Discount for Military, ODU Alumni/Students & SHRM Members: $1,375.00

Course fee includes all books, including one year access to the SHRM online learning resources, but does not include registration for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP examinations. Discounts will not be provided for students that purchased outside books or materials. Click here for our refund policy.


Can't Decide?

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Click the link below for upcoming session dates


Explore Other SHRM Courses at ODU

SHRM Essentials of HR Management

Developed by leading HR experts, HR practitioners, and legal counsel, the SHRM Essentials of HR Management course covers introductory HR topics in a condensed, easy-to-understand format. The straightforward format ensures that HR concepts can be mastered and applied to real-life situations.

SHRM Test Prep

Are you preparing to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam? ODU's SHRM Exam Prep Review is a one-day instructor-led, certification exam review program that will provide you with a final opportunity to have your questions answered before the big test!

Refund Policy

To withdraw from a course you must send a request in writing to davans@odu.edu (7) days prior the start date of the course. Failure to attend a course does not constitute withdrawal. Course registration fees, less a $50 processing fee will be refunded via the original form of payment. There are no refunds once the class has begun. Late withdrawals of six (6) days or less before the class begins, will result in the student being charged the $50 processing fee, as well as charges for books and/or other course material fees.

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