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Westfield State University to offer human resource certification preparation course

CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523


Westfield The College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University will offer a human resource certification preparation program beginning September 5. 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 to broaden knowledge of human resources for 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 beat the national pass rate on certification exams.

The instructor for this program, Karen Smith, is currently Chief Operating Officer at Square One, a nonprofit that provides a range of family-friendly education and support services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources and labor relations from Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the Western New England University School of Law. SPHR-certified since 2002, Smith has taught SPHR classes for 15 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. The course will meet on Thursdays, September 5 through December 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Square One, 1095 Main Street, Springfield. To register, visit

About the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management (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.  For more information, visit,, or


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