Course Description

This class will meet in person on day one (September 1) at the UMW Stafford campus to pick up books and for orientation of the course.  The rest of the classes will be online live through ZOOM. 

The course fee includes SHRM books and SHRM online portal access.

The 2021 SHRM Learning System is a comprehensive learning experience that helps you master the SHRM BoCK™ to advance your career and prepare for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.  The SHRM Learning System modules provide an in-depth exploration of the knowledge domains and behavioral competencies tested on the SHRM exams. The information is broken down into consumable topic segments to help understand and apply them for exam preparation or everyday practice.

To determine eligibility criteria for taking the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam please visit: SHRM Certification Eligibility Criteria.





When I decided to take on obtaining the SHRM-CP certification, I really did not know where to start with studying. By participating in the UMW SHRM Prep Course, I not only was provided the tools that I needed to study but also the ways to tackle all of the information. Our instructor ensured that we understood the content, the test and the best way to self study outside of the classroom. I would highly recommend taking advantage of this local opportunity that will set you up for success to pass your SHRM certification exam!

Jaden Hyde, Mary Washington Healthcare

I was very excited to learn that I would have the opportunity to take the SHRM Certification prep course at UMW. Cynthia Bullock was an excellent instructor who continually challenged the class while sharing relevant stories and making the information interesting. This course prepared me not only for the certification exam, but also for continued work in the Human Resources field. It was an extremely intense 12 weeks and well worth it!

Angela H., HR Manager, Central Rappahannock Regional Library

My name is Claire Waters. I am the Human Resources Generalist for the Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Legislative Services. The SHRM Learning System through UMW was invaluable. It was so helpful to have a complete overview of the SHRM study materials. After the SHRM learning system class, I studied on my own for 2 months before sitting for the exam. As I completed my own studying, each concept was familiar as we had discussed it in class. The support from my classmates was so refreshing. I graduated from UMW in 2019 and coming back for a Continuing and Professional Studies course reminded me of why I chose to attend Mary Washington after high school. I took the SHRM exam 4 months after completing the course with no previous studying before the class began. I passed the certification. My results indicated that all of the competencies scored as areas of strength. I am thankful for UMW's course as it was a stepping stone to successfully passing the SHRM certification exam.

The University of Mary Washington SHRM Learning System Course was essential to my passing of the SHRM-CP. The materials were well worth the cost and the syllabus was easy to follow. The instructor lectures and class discussions helped with understanding the readings and topics. The opportunity to share experiences and information with other classmates made the course enjoyable and engaging.

- Christian C.

I graduated from Mary Washington in 1994 and I have worked in human resources for five years. When I found out that UMW was offering the SHRM learning system course, I jumped online and registered for the course. Even though it was all virtual, I loved the experience of interacting with my instructor and fellow class mates. I learned so much and passed the SHRM exam to get my certification. This class thoroughly prepared me for the SHRM exam as well as practical knowledge for my career. I highly recommend the SHRM learning system course at UMW.

Deborah Shelton
Benefits Specialist
Manassas City Public Schools



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