University of Wisconsin–Madison

SHRM Learning System Certification Course


The Future of HR is SHRM – Certified. Earn the Standard in HR Certification with our Preparation Exam Program with Expert Instruction.

Prepare with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison’s SHRM Learning System for CP/SCP course.

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℠). Ensure you’re prepared with our course designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success.

This intensive one evening a week for 10 sessions program 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.

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Why enroll in our course?

Our course is based on the 2018 SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCPComprised of comprehensive learning modules teaching the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™), and advanced online multimedia resources, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning and build confidence for passing the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam.

By attending our course, you’ll benefit from:

  • Experienced SHRM certified instructors
  • 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
  • Eligibility for Tuition reimbursement and professional development credits (PDCs)
  • This course is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. The course investment includes all course materials but does not cover registration for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP examinations.

Who should take this course?

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
  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication
  • Talent Acquisition & Retention
  • Employee Engagement
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards
  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)
  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Technology & Data
  • Business & HR Strategy

Advancing your career. For those not seeking certification, the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core HR competencies and increase productivity.

Program Requirements: There are no admission requirements to take this program, however certain criteria must be met for participants taking the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Requirements: To apply for either the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, candidates must have a combination of education and professional HR experience. For more information, visit


"Thank you so much for the expert instruction and class organization! I am so glad that I took the class rather than just doing independent study - several times during the exam (which I thought was very difficult) I almost felt like I had Karen and Judy whispering in my ear!"

Previous SHRM Student



Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison

Schedule: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Program dates: February 20 -April 24, 2019

$1345 (Non-SHRM members)
$1295 (Local SHRM members)
$1245 (Nat’l SHRM members)
$1195 (Local & Nat’l members)

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or call 608-262-3909 to register

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.

If there is inclement weather, please call 608-263-2221 for a recorded message after 6:30 am for day classes or after 3:30 pm for night classes.

For more information on the SHRM certification course please contact Julie Wood at or 608-263-9675

"Thank you, thank you for all you have done for me and the HR profession."

Previous SHRM Student


Judy Peirick, SHRM-SCP℠, SPHR

Judy was the vice president of human resources at Webcrafters, Inc.  She has more than 30 years of human resource experience in health care and manufacturing.  Her primary areas of responsibility have included strategic planning, employee and labor relations, talent acquisition and management, total rewards, development and safety.

Judy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s of business administration in management.  She is very involved in the community and has served on numerous boards including United Way, Meriter Retirement Services, The Alliance, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and the National Cooperative Rx.  She has also served on several human resource advisory committees including the Dane County Manufacturing Consortium, the Council on Wisconsin Strategies, W-2 steering committee, Oakwood, and United Cerebral Palsy.


Jim NeustadtJim Neustadt, MBA, SHRM-SCP℠

Jim has over 46 years of experience in all phases of the automobile industry.  He worked for General Motors Corporation for 10 years, in various retail senior management positions for 8 years, was part owner of a large retail dealership for 14 years, was VP of Member Services for the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association for 7 years and retired at the end of 2015 after having been the Director of Human Resources and Compliance for Wisconsin’s highest volume Toyota dealership for 7 years. Jim earned a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University.   He earned his SHRM-SCP℠ certification in 2015. He is a member of SHRM nationally, state and locally, is on the Programming and Peer Advisory Committee of GMA SHRM and was on the Member Advisory Board of Group Health Cooperative (GHC) for 4 years.

Certification Details

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 organizations.  The profession is no longer just about what you know – but howyou do your job.  SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP℠) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP℠) are poised to become the new standard for all HR professionals around the globe, as it is among the first HR certifications that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including behavioral competencies, knowledge and skills.

Test Windows and Registration Dates

Spring Window: May 1 – July 15
Applications Accepted for Spring Window: January 5
Application Deadline: March 13
Late Application Deadline: April 17

Winter Window: December 1 – February 15
Applications Accepted for Winter Window: May 1
Application Deadline: October 16
Late Application Deadline: November 13

Certification Cycle

All credentials are valid for three years.  Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam.


For more information about The SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP® Course Preparation, contact Julie Wood by calling 608-263-9675 or via e-mail:


Classes are held at Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave (Corner of Park St and University Ave)

Lot 7 beneath Grainger Hall, owned and operated by UW Transportation Services, has been converted into an hourly, pay-as-you-go lot. Please take a ticket from the automated gate upon entering.

Additional parking is available at the Lake Street/Frances Street Parking Ramp which is located between Lake and Frances Streets, near State Street, and is three blocks from Grainger Hall School of Business.