Earning your SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills. The future of HR is SHRM certified.

As the largest producer of certified HR professionals in Texas, Rice University is proud to be a top 20 SHRM exclusive premiere university partner.  For more than two decades, Rice University has successfully helped HR management professionals prepare for certification exams - with pass rates that have consistently exceeded the national average.  If you’re planning to take the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) exam, the Rice University Human Resource Management Certificate Program provides expert instruction and peer discussion to learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the certification exam.  Participants who earn 80 percent or higher on the online modules and post test for Essentials of HR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP will receive a Rice Certificate of Achievement. Fee includes the most recent edition of the SHRM Learning System.

In addition to the main campus, Rice University offers exam prep classes in the Westchase District and The Woodlands. Please note due to restrictions brought on by COVID-19, in-person classroom instruction options may be limited or unavailable. 

Certificate Details

The SHRM® Learning System for SHRM-CP® / SHRM-SCP® includes four modules covering the comprehensive SHRM BoCK so you'll learn everything you need for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®exam.

HR Competencies

  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication


  • Talent Acquisition & Retention
  • Employee Engagement
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards


  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Technology & Data


  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)

Test Windows and Registration Dates

Spring Window: May 1 - July 15, 2021
Applications accepted starting: Jan. 4, 2021
Early Application Deadline: March 19, 2021
Late Application Deadline: April 9, 2021

Exam Structure

  • Computer-based experience
  • 4 hours to complete
  • SHRM-CP® Exam: 160 questions (95 stand-alone knowledge/65 situational judgment)*
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam: 180 questions (95 stand-alone knowledge/60 situational judgment/30 field test items)*

*Exam fee is not included in fee. It is a separate registration for the exam through SHRM. Exam applications will be accepted starting on January 4, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

If you have less than a bachelor's degree:

  • SHRM-CP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Three years in an HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Four years in HR role
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Three years in an HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Seven years in HR role

If you have a bachelor's degree:

  • SHRM-CP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: One year in an HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Two years in HR role
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Four years in an HR role 
    • Non-HR related degree: Five years in HR role

If you have a graduate degree:

  • SHRM-CP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Currently in HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: One year in HR role
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Three years in HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Four years in HR role

A SHRM-CP credential holder is eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP exam after successful completion of one three-year SHRM-CP recertification cycle.


  • Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to 1 year of experience
  • HR experience may be in an HR exempt or nonexempt capacity
  • Applicants with a graduate degree (or global equivalency) in HR must currently be employed in an HR role
  • HR experience may be classified directly, as working in an HR role, or indirectly, by consulting, educating or researching HR practices linked specifically to human resource management
  • SHRM membership is not required

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.

  • HR and benefit professionals currently practicing in the field
  • Recruiting and training professionals
  • Employees with management responsibilities
  • Individuals seeking a career in human resources
  • HR professionals planning to take the prestigious SHRM-CP®  or SHRM-SCP® exam

SHRM® Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community

Why choose an online course?

  • Offered entirely online
  • Live instruction
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) for the Human Resource Certificate Program is up to $1337.

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

An individual may be able to claim a tax deduction or a tax credit for the cost of attending this continuing education program. However, we do not issue 1098-Ts. Non-academic credit programs such as continuing education courses do not require a 1098-T per IRS guidelines. Please keep a copy of your receipt and consult with your tax advisor about whether your payment meets the regulations that apply to tax deductions and tax credits. The University’s Federal Tax ID Number is 74-1109620.

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Online Course Requirements

Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.

“Virtual Classroom” – Blackboard Collaborate Requirements

Students in online format courses must have the following:

  • Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
    High-speed Internet connection
    Google Chrome or Firefox browsers

Accessing “Virtual Classroom” With a Phone or Tablet

  • iPhone or iPad – Must use Safari browser.
    Android phone or tablets – Must use Chrome browser.



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