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SHRM Education available to ASHRM and MatSu Members

ASHRM has a long-standing practice of supporting chapter and community members to pursue or maintain certification. Since 2015, ASHRM offers certification preparation classes for the SHRM Certifications, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. Prior to this, ASHRM offered certification preparation classes for the Human Resources Certification Institute’s (HRCI) PHR/SPHR certifications.  ASHRM supports both certifications and will continue to offer re-certification opportunities for both so that members can maintain their certifications. 

The new SHRM certification concept started in 2011, when SHRM began years of extensive research involving thousands of HR professionals to develop the SHRM Competency Model. This model provides HR professionals with a comprehensive roadmap for developing the capabilities they need to advance their careers and improve their effectiveness in the workplace. Itidentifies eight key Behavioral Competencies: Ethical Practice, Leadership & Navigation, Business Acumen, Relationship Management, Communication, Consultation, Critical Evaluation, and Global & Cultural Effectiveness and one Technical Competency: HR Expertise (HR Knowledge) that are the foundation of successful HR practice. ​​​​​​

The goals of the SHRM Certification include:

  • For HR professionals, to reaffirm the importance of acquiring both the competencies and knowledge essential for successful job performance;
  • For employers, to provide reliable indicators of proficiency in these critical dual aspects of modern HR practice.

SHRM regards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new standard in certification for the HR profession. By incorporating key HR competencies into the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, SHRM is enhancing the relevance of the new certifications. SHRM’s new credentials demonstrate to the global business community that the credential holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice—competency and knowledge—that are required for effective job performance.

For more information regarding educational opportunities to help you certify or re-certify, contact ASHRM’s Education & Certification Director.

Certification and Re-certification


For those professionals wanting to try a different approach to preparing for their exams, ASHRM is proud and excited to offer professional study sessions. These study sessions, facilitated by  Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from our own ASHRM membership, have become valuable for a multitude of reasons including their high pass rate, fabulous networking opportunities and the informal, comfortable participation enjoyed by participants.


ASHRM is dedicated to helping you recertify by offering various presentations with pre-approved certification credit.

  • Our monthly luncheons and other, low-cost training opportunities are pre-approved for SHRM and HRCI credit!
  • In addition, ASHRM supports the Alaska State HR Conference, which also offers recertification credits towards both certifications.

Professional Study Sessions for SHRM Certification

Our Education & Certification Committee works cooperatively together to offer two different four-month sessions for each SHRM testing window. This is eight months of learning each year!

Using the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), SHRM Learning System as their guide, SMEs offer two-hour study sessions each week during the four-month period. A study session schedule for each four-month session is prepared in advance for your review. As you can see from this schedule, ASHRM is serious about your preparation; these study groups are not for the faint at heart!

The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), Learning System includes five modules:

  • HR Competencies
  • People
  • Organization
  • Workplace
  • Strategy

For more information about the SHRM Certification, visit:  http://www.shrm.org/certification

In addition to reviewing all the material found in these modules, ASHRM offers instruction and guidance on issues such as:

  • Adult Learning Styles;
  • Testing Anxiety; and
  • Study and Testing Strategies.

With the help of many fabulous volunteers, they are able to present “subject specific” material and discussion for each competency as well as facilitate small, personal “boot camps” for those individuals wanting to “turn up” their studying a notch or two. Participants can refer to the schedule for more information about the boot camp schedule and commitment.

If you are an HR Professional and wish to sit for the upcoming professional exams, contact the Education & Workforce Development team today! They offer the chance to prepare for and succeed at your professional certification exam and they offer the opportunity to meet many, many colleagues in the Anchorage area that can help you become a valuable member of the HR community. Through networking and partnering with colleagues having expertise you are lacking, you can more easily build your knowledge base and build upon your professional resources.

Need the SHRM Learning System Study Materials?

Participants of the ASHRM Study sessions can order the SHRM Learning Modules at a reduced rate. Information on ordering these materials through ASHRM will be distributed at the beginning of each four-month study session.

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