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Join us for a 12-week certification study group to prepare yourself for the SHRM certification exam.

When: Wednesdays, September 11 - December 4
Generally 6:00 - 8:00 PM (see schedule)
Where: Online Course (first and last sessions in person, remainder online)
United States
Contact: Jennifer Thornton
443.966.3872 x1151

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DC SHRM Spring 2019 Certification Study Group

Wednesdays, September 11 - December 4, 2019

Includes 12 Sessions:
Sept 11 and Dec 4 Sessions are 6:00 - 9:00 pm in person
All remaining sessions are 6:00 - 8:00 pm online (skipping Thanksgiving week)

If you've been thinking about obtaining your certification, why go it alone? Join us for a 12-week certification study group to prepare yourself for the SHRM certification exam. These sessions will be facilitated by certified members of DC SHRM. The first session will be held in person and the remaining sessions will be online.

Click here for more information on SHRM Certification.

Our mission is to help you become certified. We have priced this course to cover costs. The fees listed below are less than you'd pay for directly purchasing the SHRM Learning System. Take advantage of the discounted pricing. Registration is limited, so do not delay! 

Why join DC SHRM's Learning System® Study Group? 

  • Most study groups are over $1000 to attend! 
  • Includes your own SHRM Learning System® which includes books, modules, practice exams and practice questions ($850-$1075 value)!
  • Learn from the experience of current HR Practitioners (The SHRM exam is based on competencies in each area of
    Human Resources so learning from experienced professionals is essential)
  • Network and create small study groups with HR professionals in your area
  • Learn test tips from individuals who have recently taken the SHRM exams 

Study Group Fee:  

  • DC SHRM Members: $799
  • Non-members: $875 (includes one year of membership in DC SHRM)
    • NOTE: The price for both members and non-members increases by $50 after noon on 8/23/19.

What's Included:

  • The 2019 SHRM Learning System is a comprehensive online learning experience that helps you master the SHRM BoCK™ to advance your career and prepare for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams.
  • 12 Facilitated Sessions - Discuss each section of the learning system with a facilitator (DC SHRM member who holds the SHRM certification) and other students. 

Certification Session Facilitators:

  • Leigh DeWulf, SHRM-SCP

Leigh DeWulf, SHRM-SCP is the founder of HR.Coach, a provider of outsourced HR leadership and coaching services. Leigh is an executive-level human resources professional and master coach with a passion for building profitable companies by creating highly effective people programs. Leigh is the consummate “HR Generalist” with expertise in leadership development, candidate selection, personality and behavioral assessments, global workplaces and performance management.  Leigh is known for her sense of humor and using stories to foster learning.  She has developed content and delivered over 1000 hours of HR related training.  Participant feedback highlights her immediately actionable content and hilarious stories from the trenches. 

Leigh holds multiple coaching, behavioral competency and personality assessment certifications, and passed the SHRM-SCP exam in July 2015.  She is also an active alumna of Virginia Tech and the Coach Training Institute, where she continues to give back as a volunteer trainer. She is noted for her ability to ask great questions, key in on what’s most important, and move people into action.  Learn more at

  • Kristina Griffin, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Kristina S. Griffin is a certified professional with over 20 years of business experience in corporate, professional services, and not-for-profit environments. She is a problem solver and results focused human resources executive, who founded Pinnacle Consulting ~ People First, LLC, in 2011, by transitioning her years of progressive human resources management experience into a full service consulting practice. She leads, guides and directs the firm's corporate operations, strategic growth and human resources consulting services.

Kris held leadership roles in national and global organizations, where she developed and executed business strategies and human resources programs that contributed to organizational growth and talent retention.  Her areas of expertise include human resources strategy and policy, conflict resolution, recruitment and staffing, training and development, workforce planning, employee relations, performance management, compliance and risk management. She enjoys finding ways to improve organizational effectiveness and productivity by analyzing, interpreting and applying human resources metrics. 

  • Jeffrey Naftal, SHRM-SCP, IPMA-SCP, MPM

Jeff Naftal has been in his current role since July of 2016.  Before that, he served in multiple senior local government positions in Florida, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.  He has been an Assistant City Manager, Deputy County Administrator and City Manager since 1987.  As part of that role, in each of his stops, he has taken the lead on human capital management issues and projects. Major HR projects have ranged from union negotiations to implementing new HRIS to implementing performance evaluation systems to system-wide reorganizations.  Other major projects have included large capital construction, IT infrastructure, and managing departments through internal reorganizations.

Jeff currently directs a team of 3 Human Resources Specialists (Recruiting/Staffing; Benefits Administration; Staff Development) and 2 HR Generalists.  He is responsible for the development of personnel policies and procedures to benefit a workforce of 350 and has successfully managed their implementation of a new HRIS, a classification and compensation study, and a new continuous feedback performance evaluation system.

Study Group Delivery Method:

  • The first and last sessions will be held in person from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Mortgage Bankers Association, 1919 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. Each participant will receive the SHRM Learning System at this first session and it will be a great opportunity to to meet the facilitator(s) and the other course participants. Dinner will be provided.
  • The plan is to hold all remaining sessions online Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. GotoWebinar will be utilized as the webinar platform.

Why You Should Choose Certification and How to Register for the Exam:


Registration for the SHRM certification exam is a separate registration/fee paid directly to SHRM. Our study group will end on December 4, so you have over two months to take the exam in the Winter 2019 window.

Please see the SHRM Winter 2019 exam window dates and relevant application deadlines below. You will also need to review the criteria to determine the appropriate certification, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information, please visit the "Apply" section of the SHRM certification site.

2019 Winter Exam Window: December 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020

Applications Accepted: May 13, 2019
Early Bird Application Deadline: October 18, 2019
Standard Application Deadline: November 9, 2019 

Registration and Cancellation:

  • Registration is limited to the first 20 students. 
  • Registration fee must be paid in order to confirm your spot in the study group.
  • Although registration may sell out before this date, please be sure to register by August 28 to ensure that we have the SHRM Learning System available for you at the first class.
  • Cancellation policy: In the unfortunate event that you must cancel your registration prior to the first class, please note there will be a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel by/on 8/22/19. There will be a $100 cancellation fee if you cancel between 8/23/19 and 8/30/19. No refunds are available after 8/30/19. If you register very late requiring shipment directly to you instead of receiving the materials on site at the first class, there are no refunds available.

Contact our DC SHRM staff with any questions about this study group - or 443.966.3872.