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Human Resource Management Certificate Program

Next course offering in August 2015.

Course Details

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This is an exciting and pivotal time in the HR profession. Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organization. The HR profession is no longer just about what you know–but how you do your job.

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™). These professional certifications can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations and signal to employers advanced professional development. They reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession.

This intensive 35-hour, 13 week course 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. Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) which encourages HR professionals to acquire the Competencies and Knowledge they'll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success.

Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining the best exam preparation system with expert instruction and peer discussion. As part of your course, you will receive the NEW 2015 SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP™/SHRM-SCP™. Comprised of comprehensive learning modules in print and e-reader formats, and advanced online resources, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning and build confidence for passing the SHRM-CP™/SHRM-SCP™ exam.

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Program Prerequisites

PDC recommends that participants with less than two years of HR experience complete PDC's SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management.


For course topics offered in the Human Resource Management Certificate Program, please click here.

Who Should Attend

  • HR professionals planning to take the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) certification exams
  • HR practitioners seeking professional development to advance their careers

Continuing Education

  • 3.5 CEUs
  • Certificate of Completion from The University of Texas at Austin

Certificate Requirements, Scheduling and Pricing

You will be awarded a Certificate from The University of Texas, Professional Development Center upon the successful completion of the program.

  1. Students must attend 15 of the 17 classes. Class meets one day a week in the evenings from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
  2. Students must complete and pass online Module tests and receive a grade of 70% or better, and take the Post Test and receive a grade of 80% or better.
  3. To register please click on the above cart. A payment plan option is also available; please contact the Program Coordinator for details.
  4. Program cost is $1,745.00. UT Staff Discount available during checkout.

Program Benefits

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to improve your on-the-job effectiveness
  • Receive an updated copy of the SHRM Learning System®
  • Study from an expanded bank of test questions—formatted to mimic the current SHRM exam experience
  • Gain access to the SHRM Learning System® Resource Center, featuring:
    • HR updates highlighting up-to-date legislative changes and new HR developments
    • Free audio and webcasts for each module
    • Flashcards and resources for handheld devices


The University of Texas at Austin's SHRM® 2014 Awards

  • Human Resource Management Certificate Program ranking in the top 20 college/university partners for the SHRM Learning System®.
  • SHRM Essentials ranking in the top 10 college/university partners.

SHRM Learning System Software

The 2015 SHRM Learning System is filled with new features, including the new global Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK), a comprehensive exam, the same world-class SHRM instructional materials and tools you have come to expect from SHRM. Students enrolled in the program have followed these steps toward success to reaching their HR certification:

  • Assess: Take our assessments to determine your current knowledge and gaps, with the results weighted against tested areas on the certification exam.
  • Study: Use assessment results to identify your learning priorities, create your personal study plan, estimate study time and apply learned knowledge.
  • Pass: Complete the post-test and use other testing preparation tools to validate your learning and refine your study plan as you prepare to pass the exam

The nation’s number one HR certification preparation system is also the most advanced. In addition to SmartStudy tools, we offer learning modules in print and e-reader formats and provide extensive multi-media online resources. The SHRM Learning System thoroughly prepares you to pass the certification exam.

Please visit the SHRM website for exam testing dates, exam requirements, exam cost and additional details.

Veteran Benefits

This program is approved for Veteran Benefits. Please have your Certificate of Eligibility, Military Transcripts and College Transcripts ready and contact the Program Coordinator for specific eligibility details. For more information please visit our VA website page, please click here.

Payment Plan Option

A Payment Plan enrollment option is available for this program. Students who choose our Payment Plan option incur a $125.00 deferment fee which is included in the deposit. This information is provided as a service to our participants. Please contact the Program Coordinator for complete details.

*Tuition does not cover registration for the SHRM-CP™ or SHRM-SCP™ exam.


  • UT Austin Staff are eligible for a $150.00 discount.
  • Enrollment of 3 or more participants are eligible to receive a 10% discount.

Future Term Courses and Enrollments

This certificate program is offered twice each year, spring and fall. The SHRM Essentials is offered three times per year prior to the beginning of the HR Certificate Program. Information about upcoming courses is available when enrollment opens each term. Some certificate programs consist of individual workshops while others are cohort style programs; please contact the coordinator for more information.

  • Spring term: Enrollment opens in early October, workshops or certificate programs are offered January – May
  • Fall term: Enrollment opens in June, workshops or certificate programs are offered September – December

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