Rice University is the Society for Human Resource Management® exclusive university partner in the Houston area. The Glasscock School's SHRM-CP® program prepares professionals to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. The SHRM-CP credential is designed for HR professionals whose responsibilities include implementing policies, contact with staff and stakeholders and those performing routine HR activity.

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

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. HR professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services and perform operational HR functions should take the SHRM-CP® exam.

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

find 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® exam

SHRM-CP is conveniently offered in classroom format and online formats. Classroom format classes are offered in multiple locations in the Houston area.

Why take an online course?

  • Offered entirely online
  • Live instruction
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format
  • Quality instruction at one of the world's top universities

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

Fee: If registering by August 28: $1,237 After August 28: $1,337

Note: The fee does not cover the cost of the SHRM-CP® exam. It does include the SHRM Learning System.

Financial Assistance

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

Exam Format and Length

  • Computer-based experience
  • Four hours to complete
  • 160 questions (90 knowledge/40 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 accepted starting on January 3, 2017.

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.

Online Information Session: Wednesday, August 16 at noon

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