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Online Live

October 2 – December 18

Includes SHRM Workbooks, access to SHRM Online Learning portal with additional study materials and actual certification tests used from prior years.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

**Opened books cannot be returned.**



Judy Ratcliffe

SHRM Certification Prep Course Online Live 10/2/24 - 12/18/24

WIOA Eligible WIOA# 33030

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.



CCSU is an Approved SHRM Educational Provider

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. Cathy Bruzon

Cathy Bruzon is a human resources professional with over twenty years of experience supporting all areas of human resources – talent acquisition, performance management, benefits and compensation, and employee relations. Cathy has worked in different industries including manufacturing, aerospace and nonprofits in small to large, global firms. Over the course of her career, she has acted as an advisor to senior leaders and led human resources teams.

Cathy is a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut and Society for Human Resource Management. Cathy brings passion to the position as a dedicated professional interested in helping other professionals advance in their careers.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a SHRM Certified Professional.


This class is run as an online class.

The online class consists of 12, three-hour scheduled sessions on Wednesday 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.


The course and group conversations were so helpful in preparing me. I am so appreciative of everything! Winter, 2023

I wanted to thank you again for helping me enroll in this class. Cathy was an amazing instructor and is extremely knowledgeable. I appreciated how she was able to tie concepts from the material to real life situations. I valued the instruction she provided, not just for passing the test, but for helping me expand my knowledge of the HR functions. I learned so much that will help me be a better HR professional. She is also extremely conscientious. She was always prepared and on time, used our classroom time effectively and even gave us extra time for review sessions over the weekend. I can’t emphasize enough how valuable her course was to me.
Oh, and I passed the SHRM -SCP yesterday afternoon, largely due to her help! Fall, 2022

Thanks so much Judy Ratcliffe ! The CCSU prep course led by Cathy Bruzon, SHRM-SCP was the key. While it did FULLY prepare me for this exam, I also appreciated how well it expanded my knowledge of HR. I truly valued the experience —it was time well spent. Fall, 2022

Cathy was nothing but amazing, to be honest, I also love the structure she had we got right into the competencies section. I was able to follow along just fine with the previous book I used last year. Cathy had very good analogies to go along with capturing the content as well as engaging the class by having those of us who had the book read out the competency connections. In addition to this she is extremely knowledgeable and has such a good flow and stopped to provide us context for the sample questions to ensure that we can start to analyze the SHRM way. Taisha, Fall, 2022

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.”