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SHRM/SCP - Human Resources Certification

Palm Beach State College Corporate and Continuing Education, in partnership with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), is proud to bring you valuable professional human resources management courses to help prepare you for SHRM's certification exams and provide professional development for you and your HR department.

The courses provide a solid foundation for managing the HR challenges faced in today's demanding work environment, supply a current reference of HR practices, broaden the perspective of functional specialists, and strengthen individual competencies and productivity.

Student Testimonial

"Good morning! I just wanted to pass along that I attended the SHRM (9) preparatory classes taught by Karen Roberts. She was an excellent teacher and made the learning sessions fun! I also wanted to let you know, I passed my SHRM-CP exam on May 31! I am over the moon thrilled to have passed my certification exam and accomplish this milestone I had for myself. Thank you to the Palm Beach State College for a wonderful experience and promoting the SHRM learning program. An excellent experience and I would recommend to anyone I know considering the SHRM learning program."

Best Regards,
Sherri Bagnall
Employment Administrator, Solid Waste Authority of PBC

Karen RobertsKaren Roberts, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Karen has over thirty years of progressively responsible experience in both the private, public, and not for profit sectors, starting her career with Pratt and Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation.

For the past fourteen years she has supported management and employees of the Area Agency on Aging, a dynamic local private non profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of elders, disabled adults and their caregivers. As Director of Human Resources she is responsible for all aspects of HR including the Agency’s risk management initiatives.

Karen is a past president of the HR Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC) and in October 2016 was awarded one of only three Life Time Achievement awards bestowed to date.

Academic preparation includes a BS degree in Finance from Stetson University in Deland Florida, and an MBA from FAU. She also has earned certificates in HR Management from Barry University in Miami and on-line from Capella University.

Karen is also very active in the following organizations: she serves as Board Chair of Inspirit (a Palm Beach County nonprofit dedicated to bringing the gift of live music to those in restricted environments); is a member of Palm Beach County’s Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae Group; and is a member of Stetson University’s College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board.

Karen is also proud to serve as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College.



Kivette SinclairKivette Sinclair

Kivette Sinclair is a Human Resources Professional of upwards of ten (10) years.  Prior to entering the field of human resources, Kivette worked both in the financial sector as well as the legal field structuring corporate finance transactions for funds in excess of US$5million while on occasion acting as Receiver/Manager for debenture holding institutions.  Her experience includes working as a part of a senior management integration team which facilitated the process of incorporating best practices for merged financial institutions. Kivette practices human resources both in the United States of America as well as in the Caribbean (Jamaica). She is a professional member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has been a member of that organization since 2008.

Kivette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Management & Production/The University Council of Jamaica and also a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from the Florida International University (FIU) where she received the academic award for excellence.  She is certified by the Society for Human Resources Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and also by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Kivette is presently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Global Organizational Leadership.

Kivette volunteers her time to her local Church; serving as the Communications Director, Sabbath School Secretary and Assistant Church Clerk. She has two (2) children; one aged twenty-one (21) and the other aged nineteen (19. Her hobbies include reading and writing short stories.

Program Description

SHRM logoThe SHRM Essentials of Human Resources Certificate Program is an introductory course offering a comprehensive overview of the human resource function. The course covers today's most vital and timely topics, including employment law, selecting qualified employees, compensation, orientation and training, and the employee performance process.

The SHRM Essentials course is specifically designed to challenge you and provide the skills you need to confidently face today's complex HR situations and compliance issues within your organization. You will view recorded lecture, complete assignments and tests designed for you to ensure a sound understanding of the material.

  1. Module 1: Human Resource Management
  2. Module 2: Talent Acquisition
  3. Module 3: Total Rewards
  4. Module 4: Learning and Development
  5. Module 5: Performance Management
  6. Module 6: Employment Law
  Why Enroll in Our Course?
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  • There is no better way to gain a solid foundation in human resource management
  • Review key pieces of federal legislation on sexual harassment, age discrimination and the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Explore the role of the EEOC and understand its investigation process
  • Improve employee recruitment and selection while avoiding legal pitfalls
  • Understand the importance of effectively communicating base pay, incentive compensation and benefits information to staff at all levels
  • Increase your knowledge of employee orientation, development and training
  • Learn the process, methods and purpose of performance appraisals
  Who Should Enroll in This Course?
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This program is designed for:

  • New and junior HR practitioners who need to increase their knowledge base
  • New or experienced people managers interested in learning more about efficient and capable employee management skills
  • Business managers who want to ensure that their company avoids costly litigation that could be prevented through basic HR best practices
  • International HR personnel wishing to increase their knowledge of U.S. fundamental HR practices
  Course Details
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The SHRM® Courses are designed to provide participants with an overview of key areas in human resource management. This course provides professional development for participants and their HR Department. The courses provide a solid foundation for managing the HR challenges faced in today's demanding work environment; supply a current reference of HR practices, broaden the perspective of functional specialists, and strengthen individual competencies and productivity.

Participants in the SHRM Essentials of HR Management program have noted the helpful real-world experiences from knowledgeable instructors.  For those that go on to the certification preparation programs, participants see excellent passing rates for these examinations.

Career advancement: These courses are strategic in nature, preparing HR professionals for career advancement opportunities. They features open, interactive forums and "real-world" application exercises to effectively reinforce the key concepts of each session.

Cost-effective learning: Participants minimize travel expenses for professional development. Tuition includes all official course-ware and materials. SHRM Essentials is $500/participant which includes the 2016 SHRM Essentials Learning System and online access to the Partner Resource Central (PRC). Fees include all textbooks and materials.

Practitioner-focused and competency-based: The curriculum is designed by subject matter experts and includes application exercises that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills.  Expert instructors are selected for their knowledge in each functional area.

Action-oriented curriculum: The course provides opportunities for HR professionals to review examples using "real-world" experiences and apply what they've learned to the workplace. Application activities will be reviewed by an HR practitioner and feedback provided.

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SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management
Course ID: HRO 0291

Campus Start Date Day   Time Duration
Boca Raton TBA TBA TBA 12 weeks
Lake Worth TBA TBA TBA 6 weeks
Palm Beach Gardens TBA TBA TBA 12 weeks


Program Description

SHRM logoThe new SHRM certification recognizes that HR professionals are at the core of leading organizational success. It is built upon one singular body of knowledge designed to elevate the HR profession around the world. It ensures that the HR professional possesses the relevant HR knowledge required for today's workplace, but it goes one step further. The SHRM certification tests the HR professional's competencies - the ability to put knowledge to work through critical thinking and application.

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR Certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®). Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success.

This program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

Whether you are seeking certification or simply want to improve your HR skills, the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core competencies and increase productivity. Long after completing the course, Learning System materials will serve as a valuable day-to-day resource manual, providing answers to a wide range of HR challenges.

  Why Enroll in Our Course?
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This is an exciting and pivotal time in the HR profession.  Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organization. The profession is no longer just about what you know - but how you do your job.

SHRM certification is poised to become the new standard for HR professionals around the globe, as it is among the first HR certifications that is focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills and behavioral competencies.

The SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP encourage HR professionals to acquire the competencies and knowledge they'll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success, now and in the future. This certification, built with employers in mind, will help set the global standard for excellence in HR and grow certification throughout the HR profession.

  Who Should Enroll in This Course?
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This program is designed for:

  • HR professionals qualified under SHRM requirements for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification who are preparing for the exam.
  • Individuals who want advanced education and training for a successful HR career.
  • HR professionals wanting a broader education or to update their HR knowledge.
  • HR professionals who want to enhance their marketability by gaining current HR knowledge.
  Course Details
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Course Sessions
What materials are included in the course? As part of your course, you will receive the 2015 SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. This new and comprehensive program is filled with unique features, including innovative SmartStudy® tools, comprehensive learning modules, and interactive online multi-media resources to help streamline your study time, expand your competencies and knowledge and build confidence for passing the certification exam. This includes:

  • Comprehensive learning modules teaching the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge
  • Assessment - Identify topics you already know and those areas that require more time and attention.
  • Tests - Test your situational judgment, knowledge and comprehension with more than 1,000 questions.
  • Post-test - Gain experience with the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam format by completing the post-test that mimics the certification exam in style, function, timing and weighted topics.
  • Online Resource Center - Access flashcards (printable or online), HR updates, related links, feedback feature and more.
  • Best of all, you can access the SHRM Learning System via your PC, laptop, mobile device, or e-reader making it easy to study wherever and whenever you have time.

Is the class taught by one or more instructors?
Palm Beach State College Corporate & Continuing Education is proud to bring the best instructors to the classroom. Each course is taught by instructors who are selected for their expertise in functional areas of Human Resources.


  • What are the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certifications?

Earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) credential establishes you as a recognized expert in the HR field. These new certifications recognize that HR professionals are at the core of leading organizational success:

    • Built on one singular Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK) designed to elevate the HR profession around the world.
    • Tests the HR professional's competency-the ability to put that knowledge to work through critical thinking and application.
    • Demonstrates that the HR professional is a technical expert and has mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies, through practice and experience, to drive business results.

Is the cost of the exam included with course registration?
The cost of the course does not include the certification examination fee. SHRM requires that each person apply for the certification exam individually and the payment for the application fee and exam are paid at the time of application.

How do I register for the exams?
The application for the certification examinations is completed through SHRM. For additional information on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam registration.

Cost-effective learning
SHRM CP/SCP is $1,195/participant which includes the 2016 SHRM Learning System and online access to the Partner Resource Central (PRC). Fees include all textbooks and materials.

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SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certifications
Course ID: HRO 0290

Campus Start Date Day    Time Duration
Palm Beach Gardens 1/21/17 Saturday  9am to 1pm  10 weeks
Palm Beach Gardens 2/14/17 Tuesday 6pm to 9:15pm 10 weeks
Boca Raton 1/25/17 Wednesday 5:30pm to 8:30pm 12 weeks
Lake Worth 2/6/17 Monday 5:30pm to 8:30pm 12 weeks


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