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Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the  curriculum provided in the 2019 SHRM Learning System is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™). Throughout the program HR professionals are encouraged to acquire the Competencies and Knowledge they'll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success. Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining the best exam preparation system with expert instruction and peer discussion.

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Dylan Wilmoth

"Anyone who is managing people or working in the HR field needs this course. Participating in this program has given me the knowledge to bridge the gap between what employees want and what the employer needs. After earning this certification, I have the knowledge I need to be an advocate for employees while still helping my company meet its goals."

— Dylan Wilmoth, BBA, 2015, and SHRM-CP
2017 Certification Course participant
Operations Leader for Human Technologies, Inc. in Oxford, Miss.

Benefits To You

You'll benefit from:

  • An experienced, SHRM-certified instructor.
  • The SHRM Learning System, historically ranked the #1 HR certification prep tool.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies to help you prepare for the exam.
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track.
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers.
  • Eligibility for tuition reimbursement.
  • Earning up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs) if you are attending this program for professional development only.

Benefits To Your Employer

Certification benefits your entire organization:

  • It demonstrates that your HR professionals have mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies.
  • Certification prepares your HR staff to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of your organization.
  • Exam preparation helps HR professionals bring new ideas to your organization that will help drive success.
  • It helps create a common HR language that optimizes consistency and effectiveness.
  • Certification is relevant worldwide, as exams cover the global SHRM BoCK™.
Mallory House

"This course has helped me understand my job and do it better."

— Mallory House of Hernando
Current Human Resource manager with the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors,
Spring 2018 UM SHRM Certification course participant and recent recipient of SHRM-CP certification.


Advance your career

If you're not interested in certification but want to improve your HR skills, this 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 behavior and technical competencies and increase productivity in the workplace.

Who Should Enroll?

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:

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Eligibility Chart

Credential Less than a Bachelor's Degree* Bachelor's Degree Graduate Degree
HR-Related Program Non-HR Program HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree HR-Related Degree Non-HR Degree
SHRM-CP 3 years in HR role 4 years in HR role 1 years in HR role 2 years in HR role Currently in HR role 1 years in HR role
SHRM-SCP 6 years in HR role 7 years in HR role 4 years in HR role 5 years in HR role 3 years in HR role 4 years in HR role

*Less than a bachelor's degree includes working toward a bachelor's degree; associate's degree; some college; qualifying HR certificate program; high school diploma; or GED.

Enrollment Details

Location Dates & Times Contact Information Course Fees
Jackson Avenue Center (Conference Room 104), 1111 West Jackson Avenue Oxford, MS 38655

*Look for the SHRM yard sign for building entrance and room location. 
Tuesday, February 19 through May 14, 6:00-8:30 p.m. (Every Tuesday night) Griffin R. Stroupe
Coordinator of Outreach Programs, Office of Professional Development 662-915-3121

Mary W. Leach
Director, Office of Professional Development
Registration Fee: $1099
UM Alumni Fee: $1049
SHRM National Members: $999
Volume Registration*: $999
*Contact Mary Leach at 662-915-7847 to register 3 or more individuals

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 J. Christopher Byrd is currently a Human Resources Manager with 18 years of experience developing, implementing, and managing human resource policies, procedures and programs for multi-site operations. He has a proven track record as a HR leader, enthusiastic coach and innovative problem solver with keen attention to detail. He is an excellent communicator who effectively uses written and oral communications to inform, persuade, and motivate. He brings to us a wealth of knowledge and experience especially in recruitment and staffing, employment law, project management and employee relations.

Chris currently serves as the Senior Human Resources Manager at BorgWarner located in Water Valley, Mississippi. He has held this position since 2014. Before joining BorgWarner, Mr. Byrd served for over 15 years in many different capacities at the Viking Range Corporation located in Greenwood, Mississippi.

2018-2019 SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® Exam Schedule

  Window Application Acceptance Begins Application Deadline Late Application Deadline*
Spring May 1 - July 15, 2019 Jan. 2, 2019 Mar. 22, 2019 Apr. 12, 2019
Winter December 1, 2018 – February 15, 2019 May 14 October 19 November 9

For more details on the exam or certification, click here.