Human Resource Management Certificate Program

Earning your SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills. The future of HR is SHRM certified.

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As the largest producer of certified HR professionals in Texas, Rice University is proud to be a top 20 SHRM exclusive premiere university partner.  For more than two decades, Rice University has successfully helped HR management professionals prepare for certification exams - with pass rates that have consistently exceeded the national average.  If you’re planning to take the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) exam, the Rice University Human Resource Management Certificate Program provides expert instruction and peer discussion to learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the certification exam.  Participants who earn 80 percent or higher on the online modules and post test for Essentials of HR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP will receive a Rice Certificate of Achievement. Tuition includes the most recent edition of the SHRM Learning System.

Note: Rice Campus Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sugar Land, Westchase and online sections are no longer available for registration.


Sectionsort descending Instructor Format Schedule start date
PHRD1800.S18.5 Kathleen M. Fenninger On-campus 6-9 p.m. weekdays and 9-3:30 p.m. Saturdays Thursday, April 12, 2018

Instructor: Kathleen M. Fenninger

Kathleen M. Fenninger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, - SHRM-CP and Essentials of HR Instructor - has more than 25 years of experience in human resources both as a generalist and an employment specialist, primarily in the energy and financial services industries in Houston and New York City. She has served as president of the Houston Human Resource Management Association and was awarded the Distinguished Professional in Human Resources award in 1998. Ms. Fenninger holds an MBA in organizational behavior and marketing, an M.S. in education and a B.A. in English from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. She has been an instructor for the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies since 1996.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Apr. 12, 2018

End Date: May 24, 2018

Schedule: 6-9 p.m. weekdays and 9-3:30 p.m. Saturdays

Length: Two Tuesdays (5/15 & 5/22), two Wednesdays (5/2 & 5/9), four Thursdays (4/12, 4/26, 5/17 & 5/24) & two Saturdays (4/21 & 5/19)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $1,337 Fee includes the most recent SHRM Learning System®

Early Registration: $1,237 if registering by March 26

CEUs: 3.6


Who should enroll?

  • HR and benefit professionals currently practicing in the field
  • Recruiting and training professionals
  • Employees with management responsibilities
  • Individuals seeking a career in human resources
  • HR professionals planning to take the prestigious SHRM-CP®  or SHRM-SCP® exam


SHRM® Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community


Why choose an online course?

  • Offered entirely online
  • Live instruction
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format

The SHRM® Learning System for SHRM-CP® / SHRM-SCP® includes five modules covering the comprehensive SHRM BoCK so you'll learn everything you need for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®exam.

HR Competencies

  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication



  • Talent Acquisition & Retention
  • Employee Engagement
  • Learning & Development
  • Total Rewards



  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness & Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Technology & Data



  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employment Law & Regulations (U.S. only)



  • Business & HR Strategy

Test Windows and Registration Dates

Winter Window: Dec. 1, 2017 - Feb. 15, 2018
Applications accepted starting: May 15, 2017
Application Deadline: Oct. 20, 2017
Late Application Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017

Spring Window: May 1 - July 15, 2018
Applications accepted starting: Jan. 2, 2018
Application Deadline: March 22, 2018
Late Application Deadline: April 13, 2018

Exam Structure

  • Computer-based experience
  • 4 hours to complete
  • SHRM-CP® Exam: 160 questions (95 stand-alone knowledge/65 situational judgement)*
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam: 180 questions (95 stand-alone knowledge/60 situational judgment/30 field test items)*

*Exam fee is not included in fee. It is a separate registration for the exam through SHRM. Exam applications will be accepted starting on Jan. 2, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

If you have less than a bachelor's degree:

  • SHRM-CP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Three years in an HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Four years in HR role
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Three years in an HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Seven years in HR role

If you have a bachelor's degree:

  • SHRM-CP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: One year in an HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Two years in HR role
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Four years in an HR role 
    • Non-HR related degree: Five years in HR role

If you have a graduate degree:

  • SHRM-CP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Currently in HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: One year in HR role
  • SHRM-SCP® Exam
    • HR-related degree: Three years in HR role
    • Non-HR related degree: Four years in HR role

A SHRM-CP credential holder is eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP exam after successful completion of one three-year SHRM-CP recertification cycle.


  • Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to 1 year of experience
  • HR experience may be in an HR exempt or nonexempt capacity
  • Applicants with a graduate degree (or global equivalency) in HR must currently be employed in an HR role
  • HR experience may be classified directly, as working in an HR role, or indirectly, by consulting, educating or researching HR practices linked specifically to human resource management
  • SHRM membership is not required


Certification Cycle

All credentials are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam.

The certification exam fee and registration information is not included in our program fee. It is separate and offered through SHRM®. Visit for more information regarding the exam fees. 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

Required Equipment for Online Course 

Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.

Minimum System Requirements for Online Courses

The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit and click on “How do I get started”.

Connecting to Blackboard Ultra

Students in online format courses must have the following:

  • Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
  • High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
  • Google Chrome or FireFox (versions 49+) installed on your computer*

Blackboard Ultra can be accessed on a mobile device. The Blackboard app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Join the webinar directly from your session link in Canvas — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.



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