Professional Development

Bluegrass SHRM is committed to "Serving the Professional and Advancing the Profession." In an effort to assist our members with continuing education, we will list HR professional development seminars on our website. If you have an HR professional development opportunity you’d like to share, please contact our Programs Director at

  • HR related organizations that offer conferences, with or without fee to attend – FREE
    Events must offer CEU credits (no minimum). Includes BGSHRM co-sponsored events, events sponsored by other SHRM Chapters, BCA, Chamber of Commerce, APA, government agencies.
  • Non-HR related organizations - conferences free to attend – FREE
    Events must offer a minimum of 4 CEU credits. Must be located within 25 miles of Lexington (includes Georgetown, Versailles, Nicholasville, Richmond, Paris, Winchester, Frankfort).
  • Non-HR related organizations - conferences with a fee to attend – $50
    Events must offer a minimum of 4 CEU credits. Events must be located within 25 miles of Lexington (includes Georgetown, Versailles, Nicholasville, Richmond, Paris, Winchester, Frankfort).

If you do not fall within one of the above categories or wish to obtain more advertising for your event, we welcome the opportunity for you to sponsor and/or attend a BGSHRM event as a guest and network with local HR professionals!


  • View available and upcoming Seminars/Conferences/Development Opportunities here
  • For additional Professional Development opportunities offered by SHRM:

Professional Certifications

SHRM Certification

SHRM has served the human resources profession for more than 65 years. To meet business needs, SHRM established two behavioral compentancy-based certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) for early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) for senior-level practitioners. 

To learn more about obtaining these certifications or re-certifying, click here: SHRM Certification Website

NEW! BGSHRM Certification Scholarship

BGSHRM is pleased to announce our inaugural BGSHRM SHRM-CP/SCP Certification Scholarship!


HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

HRCI is an independent organization devoted to HR certification for over 40 years. Whether you are an HR expert or just starting out in the field, HRCI offers a suite of eight HR credentials that reflect different levels of career advancement and georgraphic areas of expertise in the HR field. 

To learn more about obtaining these certifications or re-certifying, click here: HRCI Website

  • HRCI Updated PHR & SPHR Exam Content, Effective August 1, 2018

SHRM Self-Study Program

Take on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SPC exam with confidence! Focus on any module or topic in any depth of sequence, and design a study plan to fit your busy schedule with convenient customization tools. The 2018 SHRM Learning System offers mobile access and e-reader capability, so you can study for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam wherever you go. Explore the SHRM Learning System by visiting


Don’t let your credential expire!

SHRM membership plus BGSHRM membership is a perfect combination. But for you, as a SHRM-certified professional, it’s a double scoop of awesome.

Take advantage of your national and local PDC-earning opportunities as you continue your journey to earn the 60 PDCs required to recertify your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential.

Here are a few things to help you along the way:

As a reminder, all need-to-know information about SHRM recertification can be found in the SHRM Recertification Handbook.

PHR/SHRM Exam Prep Workshop

5 Day PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP AND SHRM-SCP Exam Prep Training Class

Click Here for Registration and Venue Information ($2495) 

Save $200 when you register at least 30 days in advance. Use Code: MONTHEARLY

Our instructor-led PHR / SHRM exam review program is designed to help Human Resources professionals pass the PHR or SHRM certification exams.

But the PHR and SHRM certification exams are not easy. In fact, pass rates are typically in the 50-55% range, so you really have to know your stuff to earn your designation - and this workshop will get you ready to pass your exam on the first try - or we'll re-train you for free!

Why You Should Attend This Workshop

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out on your HR journey, a PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification is the perfect way to be distinguished and position yourself as a credible and knowledgeable HR Professional. With a certification, you will increase your marketability by being recognized for your skills. You will build your competencies, you will assist your organization by reducing risks and driving business results and you will definitely outperform the competition!

Holding a PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP will not only help improve your work performance, but it provides a powerful boost to career momentum.  The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for HR professionals to continue growing by an average of 15% through 2025, and that HR professionals who hold the PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification generally tend to make more money than peers who do not. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today to start earning your HR certification!

What’s Covered

Your Exam Prep Workshop includes modules that align with, and are designed to help you pass, the exam. The modules are:

  • Business Management, Leadership and Strategy, HR Strategic Planning, Structure of the HR Function, HR in the Global Context, Technology Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Risk Management
  • Employee and Labor Relations, Engagement and Retention
  • Talent Planning and Acquisition, Workforce Management, US Employment Laws and Regulations
  • Learning and Development, Organizational Effectiveness and Development, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Total Rewards

You Receive the Following Training Materials:

  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Study Materials
  • The #1 selling PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Exam Secrets Study Guide
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exam Flashcards Study System
  • Over 600 Practice Exam questions with answers and rationals!
We also give you instructions for applying and registering for the PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam!

Bonus Re-Sit Policy: Any participant is welcome to attend a future PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Exam Prep Workshop program free of charge within 12 months of the original program date. Training materials not included.


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