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Online Live

September 20 – December 6
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meets in person on 9/20, 10/18 & 12/6; remaining classes online

Includes SHRM Workbooks, access to SHRM Online Learning portal with additional study materials, actual certification tests used from prior years.

**Opened books cannot be returned**



Judy Ratcliffe

SHRM Certification Prep Course Hybrid 9/20/22 - 12/6/22

WIOA Eligible

CCSU offers you the opportunity to earn your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®), one of the most sought after certifications. Build your network with fellow HR professionals as you prepare and grow your career.



Preparing for the SHRM Certification Exam: Let’s Do This Together!

As you consider this important step in your career, keep in mind that you don’t need to do it alone. Here’s how our course can help you achieve your goal.

We combine the SHRM Learning System with our expert, SHRM-certified instructors to offer you the most comprehensive and effective way to prepare for success on your exam. The SHRM Learning System is an interactive roadmap to guide your studies through the entire SHRM Body of Applies Skills and Knowledge™ (SHRM BASK™).

• Proven Success: Students using the SHRM Learning System consistently beat the average exam pass rate
• Community Support: Network and study with HR professionals who, like you, are pursuing the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP
• Expert Guidance: Your SHRM certified instructor is there to answer your questions and keep you on track for success
• Current Content: The course content is updated annually and aligns with the SHRM BASK tested on the exams
• Authentic Practice Questions: The learning system includes 2,500+ practice questions, including some that were previously used on actual SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams

Need funding or approval?
Pursuing your career goals can be particularly challenging right now. To help support you, here are a few ideas for funding your certification journey.
• Check with your employer to see if funding options, such as tuition reimbursement, are available.
• Unemployed? Check with your local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity office (WIOA) for our course. It’s 100% covered!

Have questions? Contact us today.
Email: Phone: 860-832-2276

Who Should Enroll

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals who perform HR duties and wish to verify, validate, enhance and/or expand their HR capabilities are likely candidates for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.

SHRM membership is not required for eligibility and individuals need not be employed at the time they apply.
The SHRM-CP certification is for individuals that perform general HR/HR-related duties; or for those pursuing a career in Human Resource Management.
The SHRM-SCP certification is for individuals that have a work history of at least 3 years performing strategic level HR/HR-related duties; or for SHRM-CP credential holders who have held the credential for at least 3 years and are working in, or are in the process of transitioning to, a strategic level role.
For details on eligibility requirements, visit


Ms. Orlena Cowan-Bailey

Orlena is a Hartford native, Weaver High School and Fairfield University Alum with a B.A. in Organizational Communications and minor in Marketing. She earned her HR Certificate from the University of Saint Joseph and also boasts the HR’s leading and premier certifications; Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Orlena Cowan-Bailey is a multi-faceted, strategic human resource business partner and culture consultant. She boasts progressive leadership experience managing a full spectrum of HR processes, initiatives and projects. She is a thought leader, people leader and disruptor – sparking innovation, influence and inspiration to yield business solutions & results. Some of her career highlights include opening multiple stores for Target as an HR Executive Team Leader and serving as HR Officer for CT transit during the rise and launch of CT Fastrak, Connecticut’s multi-million and first bus rapid transit system. Orlena currently is a Human Resource Business (HRBP) Partner at MassMutual, a Fortune 100 financial services company currently supporting the organization’s corporate functions. She’s also a licensed Realtor for Century 21 All Points Realty helping clients across CT and beyond fulfill their real estate goals.

She’s an active SHRM Volunteer Leader and recent Chapter President for the Human Resource Association of Central CT (HRACC). Orlena was elected to serve as Director-Elect for the CT SHRM State Council which has oversight of all SHRM affiliate chapters across Connecticut.

She is a Hartford Business Journal “40 under 40” award winner which recognizes outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area that excel in their industries through their leadership roles. Mrs. Bailey is a proud mentor to multiple emerging leaders and professionals. She is a published writer and content creator for the HR Communicator and Hartford Business Journal. She is also a volunteer for the Urban League of Hartford, BSL Foundation and Junior Achievement.


This class is run as an online class.

The online class is three-hour scheduled sessions on Thursday evenings. All sessions will be live.

Students will need a computer with video and a microphone.

Log on instructions will be sent prior to the class start date


Thank you!! I really enjoyed the class and I am so happy I took it. I don’t think I would have passed on my first try without it!!

Allie, SHRM Certification Prep Graduate

“Taking a course and exam doesn’t make you a guru, but it gives a better understanding of HR issues in today’s fast paced global world and your local one. It also helps you to look for help when you need it and how to connect with other professionals.”

Justyna Davila, SHRM Certification Prep Graduate

“We must develop a positive vision, and these classes help us to develop that vision which in turn will help to create positive actions and events. It’s a great starting point to learn more and enhance ones HR career.”

Carol Marut, SHRM Certification Prep Graduate

“The SHRM Learning System is an outstanding certification prep program! My instructor brought the material alive with his 30+ years as a successful HR practitioner. The classroom discussions were always lively, and the opportunity to network with HR peers was wonderful. I highly recommend the SHRM Education Partner Program to anyone contemplating the certification exam. I am thrilled to be a SHRM-SCP, and I credit the course for my success.”