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Texas A&M University SA

HR Certification Study Course (HRCSC) at A&M-SA 

The HRCSC is sponsored by SHRM at Texas A&M University, San Antonio. The program has been successfully delivered since 2013 for consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer) in preparing HR professionals for HRCI
and SHRM (CP; SCP) national certification exams.  

The program features 13 weeks of instructor-led content, followed by 11 weeks of self-directed study.  Students have unlimited   access to all course resources for 180 days for review and practice. 


The HRCSC features flexible learning options to meet every HR professional’s busy schedule. Students can stream real-time or view recorded lectures later at a convenient time. The HRCSC offers in-depth topics on HR policy, practice, and procedure in parallel with HRCI and SHRM exam content, testing environment, and exam format. The program features an individual student diagnostic and study plan, mirrors HRCI and SHRM Bodies Knowledge, and review of test-taking strategies. 


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SHRM's global HR credentials, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, offer growth, advancement and recognition. These credentials are based on extensive global research involving employers, academics, and practicing HR professionals at all levels to ensure they maintain an industry-leading level of excellence and relevance in this ever-evolving profession. Wherever your career takes you, your SHRM certification will define you as an HR expert and leader.

Ensure you're prepared with our course designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success. This intensive 8-week program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System®, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

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HRCI Certification



The Art Edgarian / Charles Umscheid Scholarship is awarded twice a year in recognition of Art Edgarian and Charles Umscheid who were two key San Antonio SHRM contributors. 

  • Art Edgarian former president of SAPMA (San Antonio Personnel Management Association), one of San Antonio SHRM's predecessors was dedicated to developing the human resource profession and students.  In addition to his efforts at SAPMA, Art made a significant contribution to St. Mary’s University as the Director of Placement.  As a result of his contributions, several students were able to locate that first “great job.”
  • Charles Umscheid, as a former St. Mary’s graduate, valued student participation with HR practitioners.  He was instrumental in establishing a program in our association that allowed college students to spend time on the job with human resource managers to gain “hands-on” experience.  Charles was also responsible for establishing the first student chapter of the American Society for Personnel Association here in San Antonio.

The scholarship award is $1,000 dollars for each student selected.  There will be one scholarship awarded in the Fall and one in the Spring. 

All candidates must meet the criteria outlined in the Application for consideration.  To apply, please be prepared with the below items outlined in the checklist and complete the entire online submission process

Scholarship Application Checklist:

☐ Application
☐ Essay
☐ Recommendation Letter
☐ Unofficial Transcript
☐ Resume

Any questions can be directed to the San Antonio SHRM Director of College Relations.

San Antonio SHRM Member Scholarships

Irene Florida HR Certification Scholarship

The Irene Florida HR Certification Scholarship was developed and implemented in 1998 as a means of providing eligible San Antonio SHRM members the opportunity to take a certification review course and/or sit for the official exam.  Up to two (2) scholarships may be awarded each year, one for the winter exam and one for the spring exam.

The scholarship may be used toward the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification.  Scholarship winners must sit for the exam and will be reimbursed for the cost of a review course and/or exam fees, up to a maximum of $600.00.  Proof of exam and actual expenses must be submitted.

Eligibility:  San Antonio SHRM Professional, General, or Associate Member who meets the SHRM eligibility criteria and whose San Antonio SHRM membership has been active during the last 12 consecutive months.  San Antonio SHRM members seeking certification or recertification can be considered.

To be considered, complete the Irene Florida HR Scholarship Application.

SHRM Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships to support your HR education and certification goals are available:

SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarships

SHRM Foundation Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships

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