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Westfield State University to offer human resource certification preparation course


CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

WestfieldThe College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University will offer a human resource certification preparation program beginning February 28. This course is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

An intensive 36-hour course, the human resource certification preparation program is designed primarily to prepare those students seeking certification as a Certified Professional (CP) or Senior Certified Professional (SCP). It is also an excellent program for those wanting to broaden their knowledge of human resources as part of their professional development. The course relies on the 2019 SHRM Learning System which provides interactive tools and updated content that reflects the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK) as tested on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. Program content is updated annually to reflect legislative changes and new HR developments. As a result, SHRM Learning System participants consistently exceed the national pass rate on certification exams.

The instructor for this program, Karen Smith, is the chief operating officer at Square One, a nonprofit that provides a range of family-friendly education and support services. SPHR-certified since 2002, Smith has taught SPHR classes for 14 years. She effectively leverages her extensive background in HR consulting and training to provide a relevant and engaging classroom experience.

The total cost of this course is $1,215. It will meet on Thursdays, February 28 through May 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Square One building, 1095 Main Street, Springfield. To register online, visit

SHRM is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India, and United Arab Emirates.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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