HRPCPA Study Group

Certification Study Group

HRP of Central PA regularly hosts a study group in preparation for either the PHR/SPHR certification through HRCI or SHRM-CP/SCP through SHRM.  The study group will help prepare you for the computer based testing for the certification exam you are studying for.

There is NO COST to take this course as long as you are a current member of HRPCPA and participate in an 11-week Study Group.

Details will be forthcoming as to the dates and times the Study Group will be held. 


The SHRM Learning System is intended to cover the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™) tested in the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exams. The SHRM Learning System delivers the most comprehensive and effective SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam preparation. Designed using a proven approach for teaching adult learners, this system helps you understand, apply and engage with behavioral competencies and HR knowledge. Intended to fit every learning style, the SHRM Learning System allows busy HR professionals who want to pursue their certification, the freedom to decide when, where and how to study. 

  • Fully online SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preparation program
  • SmartStudy tools help you set up a study plan
  • Learning modules available in embedded e-reader or for download on your own e-reader device (printed modules may be purchased separately)
  • Quickstart videos provide an overview of the behavioral competencies
  • 6 Competencies In Action to make decisions and apply best judgment
  • Over 1,500 situational judgment and knowledge practice questions
  • Flashcards available in online and print formats
  • Resource center with additional study tools
  • Post-test which mimics the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP format and weighting
  • Access to the online learning tools are valid for 18 months from the date of purchase



The curriculum will encompass The Human Resource Certification Preparation Program from  This program will require new materials each year. You will need to purchase these materials to take the course.  This will be the only set of materials utilized for the Study Group.  The Human Resource Certification Preparation Program provides a comprehensive and affordable alternative for studying for the PHR ® and SPHR ® exams.  The HRCP Program features six units, one covering each functional area of the exam.

Each unit (noted below) is bound  separately and includes an index and a list of key terms. Along with more than 600 pages of instruction, the program provides review questions for each unit (300 questions total), and a comprehensive, 100 question practice exam.

  1. Strategic Management - Role of HR in Organizations; Budgeting, Controlling, and Measurement; HR Research; The Role of HR in International Business; Organizational Leadership and Management; Ethics; Organizational Strategy; Organizational Environments; Organizational Design and Development; Employee Involvement Strategies                          
  2. Workforce Planning and Employment - Employment Discrimination; Human Resources Planning; Job Analysis, Job Description and Job Selection; Recruitment; Selection; Organizational Exit; International HR Management
  3. Human Resources Development - Training and Development in the Organization; Principles of Training and Development; Training and Development Techniques; Presenting the Training; Evaluation of Training Effectiveness; Training Programs; Performance Management; Change Management; Organizational Development (OD) Interventions
  4. Compensation and Benefits - Compensation Philosophy and Strategy;  The Wage-level Decision; Job Evaluation Methods; Job Pricing and Pay rate Administration; Economic Factors Affecting Compensation; Incentive Compensation Systems;  Tax and Accounting Treatment of Compensation and Benefit Programs; International HR Compensation Issues; Evaluating Total Compensation Strategy & Program Effectiveness; Employee Benefit Programs; Managing Employee Benefit Programs; Compensation Laws and Regulations
  5. Employee Labor Relations -Early Labor Movement; Union Representation of Employees; Employer Unfair Labor Practices; Union Unfair Labor Practices, Strikes, and Boycotts; Collective Bargaining; Maintaining Nonunion Status; Grievance Systems; Employee Discipline Systems; Individual Employment Rights; Workforce Behavior Problems; Public Sector Labor Relations; Employee Attitudes and Satisfaction; International Labor Relations
  6. Occupational Health, Safety and Security - Laws and Regulations Relating to Occupational Health, Safety and Security; Health; Safety; Security

The program also includes the HR QuikStudy Flash Cards. Those preparing for the exams can quiz themselves and review key human resource terms and concepts with more than 500 convenient, business card-sized flash cards.

HRP of Central PA has negotiated a special price for its members of approximately $295 ($50 off the regular price) for the Complete HRCP Program.  Instructions on ordering materials for the course will be communicated to all registered participants from the current Professional Development Chair.  The instructions will include the Group ID number which is needed in order to receive the discounted rate.  Once you receive the Group ID Number, you can go to, indicate that you wish to purchase the Complete Program, and enter the Group ID Number where it asks for the Group ID Number.  The discounted price will be reflected in your total.

Contact Information

You may contact our Professional Development Chair at if you have any questions regarding registration, course or course materials and any general certification questions.