Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by preparing to earn the standard in HR certification.

Developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR association and leading advocate for HR professionals, this course prepares HR professionals to become a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and/or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®).

Taught by expert Villanova instructors, many of whom have decades of experience, earning certification is an ideal way to set yourself apart in the industry. By completing this course and subsequently passing the SHRM certification exam, you demonstrate your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to employers. Please check your eligibility as there are requirements to take the exam.

Wherever your career takes you, your SHRM certification will define you as an HR expert and leader.

This intensive program combines expert in-class instruction with the 2020 SHRM Learning System®, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam. If you are interested in taking an introductory course prior to the exam prep, we also offer the SHRM Essentials of Human Resources.




(14 weeks) 

August 31 - December 7
6:00 - 9:00 pm

American Heritage Federal Credit Union
2060 Red Lion Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19115

SHRM Member Rate: $1,495
Non-Member Rate: $1,595
Course Materials: SHRM Online Learning System - No additional charge. Hard copy text: shipping fees apply.


On-site classes: Aug. 31, Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, 30

Online classes: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 23, (Dec. 7 Exam)


Roslyn H. Schaffer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, has spent more than two decades providing HR guidance to some of the region’s most preeminent organizations and has been a member of the CPS faculty since 2006.  She is currently director of Human Resources for Delta Community Supports.  Her expertise includes performance management, leadership development, HR policies, employee relations, total rewards, diversity, staff coaching and mentoring, consensus building, change management, and organizational development.  She has served on the board of SEPA SHRM since 2003 as both President and VP, Legislative Affairs. She earned a BS at Cornell, an MSW at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA at Drexel University. 



(14 weeks)


September 2 - December 9
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education Building (PASSHE)
701 Market Street
Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106

SHRM Member Rate: $1,495
Non-Member Rate: $1,595
Parking Fee: $7 per night
Course Materials: SHRM Online Learning System - No additional charge. Hard copy text: shipping fees apply.

On site classes: Sept. 2, 16, 30, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, Dec. 2

Online classes: Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11, 18, (Dec. 9 exam due)

7 Weeks in Classroom, 7 Weeks Online Live Sessions.


Mary Sweeney, MS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CCP, GBA is an accomplished HR professional with over 25 years of experience and success in HR operations, succession and strategic planning, executive coaching and talent management. She provides impactful HR solutions that deliver measurable improvement in organizational performance. Mary uses her strategic thinking and tactical competencies to lead change, engage the workforce and help organizations grow and achieve results. Mary’s work experience includes Trinity Health, St. Mary Medical Center, Proxus and UJB Financial.



(14 weeks)


September 3 - December 10
6:00 - 9:00 pm


SHRM Member Rate: $1,495
Non-Member Rate: $1,595
Additional Fee for Parking
Course Materials: SHRM Online Learning System - No additional charge. Hard copy text: shipping fees apply.


Class dates: Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, (Dec. 10 exam due)



Jim McHale, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP taught leadership, strategic planning and other business topics at Gwynedd Mercy University for many years. He also works at Spring Mountain Resort where he trains and coaches ski instructors. He served as the leader of the Strategic Source, Inc. (SSI) consulting practice for more than 20 years. Previously, Jim worked as a senior manager at the Sun Company in several HR and Systems roles. 



(7 weeks)


September 12 - December 5
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


SHRM Member Rate: $1,495
Non-Member Rate: $1,595
Additional Fee for Parking
Course Materials: SHRM Online Learning System - No additional charge. Hard copy text: shipping fees apply.


Class dates: Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 10, 24, Nov. 7, 21, Final exam Dec. 5

Currently serving as the Director of Human Resources for NSM Insurance Group, Steve Picciocchi, SHRM-SCP, SPHR has over twenty years of comprehensive Human Resources experience spanning various areas of leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, and the implementation of key HR policies and procedures. Throughout his career, he has always been result-oriented, forward-thinking, and deeply committed to utilizing all the tools and methodologies of HR functions. Steve is a recognized leader in the HR industry and enjoys a good challenge, problem solving, employee relations, organizational development, employment law, and mentoring. Stefan Picciocchi LinkedIn Profile




The SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Preparation course at Villanova University utilizes the 2020 SHRM Learning System, giving you access to the most comprehensive, effective and up-to-date exam preparation tools available.

Completing this prep course is an effective way to prepare to pass the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.

  • Learn from a certified instructor who provides expertise, insights and one-on-one guidance.
  • Network, share experiences, and discuss topics with a diverse group of HR professionals.
  • Stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience.
  • Take advantage of funding options, such as corporate tuition reimbursement.

For professionals testing for either of the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Exams, review SHRM's website to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.

There are two testing windows each year, which require you to apply and pay a fee. To view upcoming testing windows on SHRM's website, as well as testing fees, please visit the SHRM exam fees webpage.

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential-holders may earn up to 39 PDCs for recertification when attending a SHRM Education Partner Program for professional development only.


This course is valid for 39 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.

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Enhance your resume.

Professional education classes enable you to add new skills, expertise, or credentials to your resume and make you even more valuable to your employer.

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Expand your professional network.

Communicating and building relationships with your classmates and instructors can open new doors in your career.

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Learn from industry experts.

All programs are taught by instructors who have worked or who are currently working in the field, and who are able to share practical applications and real world examples of topics in the course.