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Human Resource Management Certificate Program

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.

Rice University is the largest producer of certified HR professionals in Texas

Prepare for your SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® credential at Rice. 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.

Earning a SHRM certification 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.

Program Co-Sponsors: Society for Human Resource Management, HR Houston, Bay Area Human Resource Management Association (BAHRMA) and Montgomery County SHRM (MC-SHRM)


browse available sections

  • 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

The Human Resource Management Certificate Program is conveniently offered in classroom format and online formats. Classroom format classes are offered in multiple locations in the Houston area. Please note due to restrictions brought on by COVID-19 classroom instruction options may be limited or unavailable. 

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 four 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)


Early registration discounts available. 

Fee includes the most recent SHRM Learning System®

Fee does not cover the cost of the SHRM® exam.

Financial Assistance

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

Human Resources Management Certificate Program Scholarship for Veteran and Military Spouses - learn more.

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.

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.

Billy Davis, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is southeast regional human resource manager for Crown Cork & Seal. He has nearly 30 years of experience in human resources, including labor and employee relations, compensation and benefits, diversity, workforce planning, training and development, organizational effectiveness consulting and change management. He has served as a board member for the Texas Business Group on Health and was a governor appointee, representing large business, to the Texas Health Care Information Council. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice and an M.A. in human resource management.

Ruthie Lee-Esene, SPHR, SHRM-CP, HRPM, holds over 15 years of experience in the Human Resources field, specializing in overseeing entire HR operations departments, supporting C-Suite professionals, and internal HR communications. She directs and provides leadership in HR strategy, best practices, policy and training. Ms. Esene’s expertise is in fostering strong HR platforms, building solid employee relations, and facilitating mediation and negotiation processes. She is proficient in multi-state staffing and talent acquisition having developed and implemented recruiting strategies that drive major hiring and performance initiatives. Ms. Esene’s proficiency in competitor analysis, personality assessment and implementation, and cost efficiencies that contribute to the organization's performance, where she effectively designs and administers benefits and compensation plans to aide in organizational effectiveness and drive key performance indicators. Ms. Esene holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.S. in human resources management from Houston Baptist University. She has taught the complete SHRM Learning system at Rice University, Prairie View A&M University, and Lamar Institute of Technology. She now serves as the President and CEO of Sirvist HRC, LLC, a full-service HR firm, headquartered in the heart of Sugar Land, TX.

Kathleen M. Fenninger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, 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 has been certification director for Area IV Board of Directors of the Society for Human Resource Management and was co-chair in 2001-2002 as well as founding board member of the newly chartered regional chapter of the Employment Management Association in Houston. She has been an instructor for the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies since 1996. Ms. Fenninger holds an M.B.A. in organizational behavior and marketing, an M.S. in education and a B.A. in English from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where she was an instructor for several years.

Joe Flores, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is a Director of Talent Acquisition at Service Corporation International, North America's leading provider of deathcare products and services, where he provides strategic operational leadership for corporate and sales recruiting programs. Mr. Flores holds a M.A. in history and a B.A. in special education from the University of Houston. He is an active member of SHRM, a Certified Personnel Consultant with more than 20 years employment management experience including sourcing and recruitment strategies, labor and employee relations and strategic workforce planning.

Paula H. Harvey, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR -SHRM-CP/SCP Instructor, is the VP of Human Resources for Schulte Business Systems in Hockley, TX. She has worked in the retail, services, construction and manufacturing industries. Mrs. Harvey has 29 years’ experience as a Human Resources generalist. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in International Marketing and Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also earned her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Using her HR certifications and MBA she teaches several business related topics especially in Human Resources. She is an internationally recognized speaker on global and strategic business issues, and co-authored two books with other HR professionals. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) having served as the SE Membership Advisory Council Representative (MAC), NCSHRM State Director/President and President of Union County HR Association and Charlotte Area SHRM. Currently she is a member of HR Houston and serves on the University Liaison committee. She was awarded the NCSHRM “HR Professional of the Year” and the York County SHRM HR Consultant of the Year awards.

Jim Kane, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the director of executive education at Rowan University. He previously served as vice president at Synovos, where he was the Chief Human Resources Officer and led the organization’s delivery of HR solutions to the business. Mr. Kane’s expertise covers all areas of HR. Mr. Kane spent 21 years at Villanova University where he served as Director of Continuing Education, Associate Director, Human Resources and a long-time instructor for the SHRM Learning System. Mr. Kane also taught Essentials of Human Resources and directed Villanova University’s Human Resources certification programs. Mr. Kane has held HR leadership roles at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Aqua America, and AON and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s in Human Resources Development at Villanova University. Mr. Kane is an active SHRM member in the Philadelphia area, and volunteers his time to assist those in transition find new opportunities.

Kim Isereau, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, has more than 20 years of human resource experience with an emphasis on employee relations and immigration matters in both the healthcare and PEO industries. She is currently a manager, Corporate Employee Relations at Insperity where she manages the employee relations functions including EEOC investigations and accommodations requests. Ms. Isereau holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University.

Kathy McBrayer, SHRM-SCP, M.Ed., SPHR, is president and founder of TMP Consulting, a human capital consulting firm focused on HR issues that arise during major change initiatives. Ms. McBrayer has more than 20 years of corporate experience in business and human resources; she was most recently vice president of HR for Hewlett-Packard. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and a master’s degree in education from Texas Woman’s University. Ms. McBrayer is in the dissertation phase of her doctoral studies in organization and management with a specialization in human resources.

Jill Silman Chapman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is vice president of Insperity and has more than 20 years employment management experience. She currently holds a three-year appointment to the SHRM Staffing Management Special Expertise Panel. She is often quoted as a business expert in national and international media, including The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, The European Wall Street Journal and Growth Magazine. She is a dually certified staffing professional, earning both the Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist designations. Ms. Silman Chapman holds an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Tarleton State University and a B.S. in journalism/public relations from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jennifer Warner, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, has more than 20 years of human resources experience in the oil and gas industry with emphasis on organizational development, compensation and employee relations. She holds a B.S. in management science from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an MIRL in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

*Instructors are subject to change.

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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