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Prepare for the Future of Human Resources with SHRM Certification

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Our Team of Experts Can Help You Succeed

Now more than ever, HR is critical to our workforce. Prove you have the dedication, skills and credibility to lead this charge by becoming SHRM-certified. SHRM certifications are unique, as they are the only behavioral competency-based programs in the field. 92% of HR executives agree that “it will be important for HR professionals to be SHRM-certified in the future.” Earning one of the SHRM credentials conveys a clear message to C-suite leaders: “This HR professional is invested in their career and is ready to lead.”

Increase your chances of passing your exam by attending our upcoming certification prep course. An expert, SHRM-certified instructor will be on hand to answer your questions, guide you through interactive discussions, review sample test questions and provide exclusive test-taking tips.

Meet Your Instructor

Human Resources Executive, Leora Kirby, MBA, SHRM-SCP, comes to GCSC with an exemplary resume and high recommendation as an instructor. Her rich and impressive 30-year career history will prepare you for your SHRM Certification and professional advancement.

Areas of expertise include HR Generalist, employee engagement/retention, safety professional, project management, regulatory compliance, process improvement, change management, strategic planning, and tactical implementation. Experience includes both the public and private sectors.

Ms. Kirby works as an advocate for SHRM programs and her passion for the profession will reveal itself during your training. Ms. Kirby is an exemplary leader in the field of Human Resources and looks forward to transferring her SHRM knowledge and skills to you!


Personalized and FlexiblePersonalized and Flexible

Finding the time to focus on career training can be tough when you’re managing a busy work day and responsibilities at home. Stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience and support.

Affordable ProgramsAffordable Programs

We are committed to keeping your course fees as low as possible, while helping you reach your SHRM Certification or professional development goals. We can also help you take advantage of student discounts and funding options available to you.

1 on 1 Support1-on-1 Support

Gain guidance from our SHRM-certified instructors to help you comprehend and learn to apply your new HR knowledge. Network with peers to share real-life examples and bring HR knowledge and competencies to life.


"I loved the instructor-led SHRM Learning System course. Rather than just teaching facts and figures, the course has improved my critical thinking skills as an HR professional."




Registration Deadline is August 28, 2024

September 5 - November 21, 2024

Thursdays, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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*This course is live virtual training via Zoom. You may participate anywhere you have internet access.


High Quality InstructionHigh-Quality Instruction

Learn from highly respected and experienced, SHRM-certified instructors with years of hands-on experience in HR.
Virtural ClassroomVirtual Classroom

Interact with your instructor and fellow classmates in virtual environments available anywhere with an internet connection.
Time CommitmentTime Commitment

Participate in classes on the 12 week-schedule, with time to study materials in between classes on your own unique schedule.
Structured LearningStructured Learning

Keep yourself accountable and stay on track to earn your certification with a structured learning experience and support.

Course Preparation Tools Designed for Success

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Registration also includes the online and print versions of the 2024 SHRM Learning System—the official cert prep tool, now updated with questions previously used on actual SHRM Certification exams. Designed specifically for adult learners, this interactive system provides a personalized roadmap that combines in-depth HR knowledge with real-life situations to help you master the material and set you up for success on your exam.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)


This 36-hour instructor-led course will meet virtually each Thursdays, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. CST for 12 weeks. 

You may ask the instructor questions during class by raising your hand or typing a question via Zoom. Simply unmute your audio for the instructor to hear your question.  If you have questions outside of the class, you may email the instructor or contact the CE Program Coordinator.

The SHRM Learning System is included with this program. 

Please consult with the CE Program Coordinator if you already own the SHRM Learning System.

This course does not include the final exam or exam fee. To learn more about the exam schedule and associated fees please visit Practice exams are included. The instructor will review options based on the specific needs of each student. 

This is instructor-led virtual training. If a class is missed, consult with the instructor to make up the material and remain on schedule. Participation is required.

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.