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 2020 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: Wednesday evenings  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Program dates: September 23, 2020 – December 2, 2020  (Registration link coming soon)

$1400 (Non-SHRM members)
$1350 (Local SHRM members)
$1300 (Nat’l SHRM members)
$1250 (Local & Nat’l members)

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Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration. You must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able 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.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.

For more information on the SHRM certification course please contact Christine Gruneberg at or 608-263-0224

"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.


Summer RectorSummer Rector

Summer is the Chief Operating Officer of QTI’s Total Rewards Consulting practice specializing in total rewards strategy, executive compensation, incentive plan design, and governance best practices. Her experience includes working with clients from a variety of industries, geographies, ownerships, and phases in the business life cycle.

Prior to joining QTI, Summer gained experience through positions in H.R. consulting as well as H.R. departments. Some of her experience includes working at Mercer with a focus in Executive Compensation Consulting and at a start-up organization called DayNine (an Accenture company), implementing an H.R. technology solution called Workday. Both opportunities gave Summer exposure to a wide variety of clients’ compensation and H.R. programs. Most recently, Summer worked for a large insurance organization in its Executive Compensation Department.

Summer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and Human Resources and is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Summer has also passed the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam and Level 1 of the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) designation. Summer serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Network, and she regularly lectures at the Graduate School of Banking and the Wisconsin School of Business.


Andrea CooperAndrea Cooper

Andrea Cooper is the Director of Talent at CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, WI, leading a team responsible for talent acquisition and talent management.

Prior to joining CUNA Mutual, Andrea founded Flourish, a consulting company committed to improving the employee experience through innovative leadership solutions. She has spent more than 20 years in Human Resources, including serving as the head of human resources & talent acquisition for Shopbop

She previously held multiple senior leadership roles with Walmart Stores Inc., including: head of human resources and talent acquisition for Health and Wellness, director of organizational development for the global procurement division, and serving as senior director of global diversity and inclusion.

Andrea operates strategically and influences organizational change, introducing employee-centric strategies that align with business success. As an experienced global leader, Andrea has worked in 15 countries, leading teams and providing guidance to executives around the world. She has designed and implemented programs and solutions aimed at improving business outcomes and increasing employee engagement, recognizing that one size does not fit all. She has achieved strong results with a proven ability to diagnose organizational opportunities, create strategic plans, deploy the right resources and drive for results.

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

2020 Spring Testing Window: 
May 1 – July 15, 2020
January 6, 2020 March 20, 2020 April 10, 2020
2020-2021 Winter Testing Window: 
Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 15, 2021
May 13, 2020 Oct. 16, 2020 Nov. 6, 2020


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 Christine Gruneberg by calling 608-263-0224 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.