SHRM Certification Study Groups – Planning to Sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRMP-SCP Exam May 1 – July 15, 2018?

If you are planning to sit for SHRM’s Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam this year, don’t go it alone.  Our IndySHRM SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group is an excellent way to add structure, accountability and a supportive peer network to your SHRM Certification exam preparation – in addition, IndySHRM offers one of the most affordable programs around!  Our IndySHRM study group sessions are facilitated by SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified professionals who are not only passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, but who are also subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline.

For the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group, we will be using the 2018 SHRM Learning System materials.  The SHRM Learning System materials consist of content covering the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge, BoCK, which includes eight (8) behavioral competencies — Leadership & Navigation, Ethical Practice, Relationship Management, Communication, Global & Cultural Effectiveness, Business AcumenConsultation, and Critical Evaluation; additionally, the SHRM BoCK organizes 15 areas of HR knowledge which comprise the technical competency HR Expertise into three (3) domains: People (HR Strategic Planning, Talent Acquisition, Employee Engagement & Retention, Learning & Development, Total Rewards), Organization (Structure of the HR Function, Organizational Effectiveness & Development, Workforce Management, Employee & Labor Relations, Technology Management), and Workplace (HR in the Global Context, Diversity & Inclusion, Risk Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, U.S. Employment Law & Regulations).  IndySHRM study group participants will receive both SHRM Learning System hardcopy booklets as well as online/web based versions of the booklets to download to an e-reader, etc.  (materials ARE INCLUDED in the price of the IndySHRM SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group.)

Our IndySHRM SHRM Certification study group will meet once a week on Thursday evenings for 10 consecutive weeks beginning Thursday, February 15 and ending Thursday, April 19 at Ball State University’s Fishers location near the Super Target at 116th Street/I-69 from 5:45 – 8:15 pm.

The cost for the IndySHRM SHRM Certification study group (which includes the 2018 SHRM Learning System hardcopy booklets AND online/web based version of the booklets) will be *:

  • $800 = current/active IndySHRM members
  • $899 = those who join IndySHRM that are National SHRM members (National SHRM membership number required)…IndySHRM membership for 365 days at a special $99 rate and get the study group for the $800 member rate
  • $925 = those who join IndySHRM (membership for 365 days = $125) and get the study group for the $800 member rate
  • $1,050 = non-members

* $75 late fee will be added to IndySHRM SHRM Certification study group registrations received on/after February 5, 2018.

The SHRM Learning System materials will be available for pickup on the first night (full payment must be received before materials are handed out); for an extra $25 materials can be shipped directly to you prior to the first night (materials won’t be shipped until February 1).

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Testing Window:  May 1 – July 15, 2018

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Eligibility:  The study group is ONLY open to those eligible to sit for either the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exams; check exam eligibility at  Also, you can view the entire SHRM Certification application process at

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Registrations:  The SHRM Certification exam fees are NOT included in the IndySHRM SHRM Certification study group (you will pay the separate exam fee directly to SHRM when you register for the actual exam.)  You can register for the actual SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam now – March 23 (or pay SHRM’s $75 late fee for exam registrations received between March 24 – April 13) at  

SHRM’s (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) Certification is SEPARATE (and different) from HRCI’s PHR/SPHR Certification

IndySHRM study group refunds are only made in extenuating circumstances; NO REFUNDS (regardless of reason) will be made after the study group starts and/or a participant receives his/her materials (if mailed directly to participant or on/after the first night of the study group.)  It is imperative you confirm you are eligible to sit for the exam (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) you are choosing to pursue.

The SHRM Certification study group is limited to 25 participants – REGISTER ASAP to secure your spot.


IndySHRM Study Group Pass Rate History: 

  • The Fall 2017 SHRM Certification study group participants are still taking their exams (testing window is still open) so we don’t have our (or national) official pass rates yet.
  • The Spring 2017 study group pass had 83% (10 of 12) passed their SHRM-CP exam and 1 of 3 (33%) passed their SHRM-SCP exam.
  • The Fall 2016 study group (exam offered December 1, 2016 – February 15, 2017) had 82% (9 of 11) passed their SHRM-CP exam (national pass rate was 70%) and 3 of 3 (100%) passed their SHRM-SCP exam (national pass rate 56%).
  • The Spring 2016 study group (exam offered May 1 – July 15, 2016) had 6 of 7 IndySHRM study group participants pass their SHRM-CP exam (86%), but the one that sat for their SHRM-SCP exam didn’t pass (0%); nationally, the pass rate was 67% for the SHRM-CP and 57% for the SHRM-SCP.
  • For the previous winter window (December 1, 2015 – February 15, 2016), IndySHRM had 4 of 5 study group participants or 80% pass the SHRM-CP exam (nationally, it was 69%) and 3 of 4 study group participants or 75% pass the SHRM-SCP exam (nationally, it was 58%).
  • During the inaugural May 1, 2015 – July 15, 2015 testing window, the national pass rate was 70% for the SHRM-CP exam and 57% for the SHRM-

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS:  Please contact our IndySHRM Director of Certification, Alona Bahler, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, at and 765.714.3630.

Thanks to our host: Ball State Fishers Campus