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    The Anchorage Society for Human Resource Management (ASHRM) is the Anchorage chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 1974. We proudly serve over 500 members and support a local Student Chapters on the campus of the Wayland Baptist University.

    ASHRM is one of a handful of chapters in the United States that have received SHRM’s Pinnacle Award not once, but FOUR times for outstanding achievement in chapter development and contributions to the advancement of effective human resource management. The programs recognized include the SHRM Platinum EXCEL Award and SHRM Learning System Champion status in 2016. SHRM Gold EXCEL Award in 2016 and the Last Recertification Frontier in 2013.

    SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The Society serves the needs of HR professionals by providing the most comprehensive set of resources available. As an influential voice, SHRM is committed to advancing the human resource profession to ensure that HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy.

    ASHRM is a 501(c), non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

    Why Join ASHRM?

    In addition to the benefits associated with membership of national SHRM, membership at the local chapter level offers you the following:

    • It’s free – If you are a SHRM national member, join ASHRM as your local chapter, for free! Start enjoying the benefits
    • Discounted rates – receive over 25% off on registrations for monthly luncheons and other educational programs

    • Network: connect with former colleagues, meet new ones and expand your network of resources

    • Education: Our monthly programs and special seminars provide current and relevant information

    • Certification Preparation: Participate in our award-winning certification preparation classes

    • Certification Credits: 100% of our programs have been pre-approved for credit since 2007. Obtain all the certification credits you need for your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, PHR/SPHR, without leaving town

    • Civic Engagement: we have many opportunities to give back to the profession: provide information on workforce readiness skills to high school students, assist community programs and agencies - the opportunities are endless and very rewarding.

    Joining ASHRM (chapter #200) as your local chapter will redirect a portion of the fees you pay toward national membership back into the state of Alaska. This revenue source helps defray the cost of monthly luncheons and enables your local organization to provide high quality training and conference opportunities for you

    How to Join ASHRM

    ASHRM is a 100% chapter. In order to become a member, you must be an SHRM National member AND join ASHRM as your local chapter. The ASHRM Chapter Member Application Form is available for download in: MS Word or PDF.

    If you are not a current member and are interested in joining the Society for Human Resource Management, or you are a member and acquainted with someone who may be interested in becoming a member, please contact the Vice-President of Membership.

    SHRM Education available to ASHRM Members

    For the past several years, ASHRM has been offering professional study sessions in preparation for the nationally recognized Human Resources Certification Institute’s (HRCI) PHR/SPHR certifications.  ASHRM still supports these certifications and will continue to offer recertification opportunities so that members can maintain their certifications.  Starting in 2015, ASHRM will be offering study sessions in preparation for the new SHRM Certifications, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP.

    In 2011, SHRM began years of extensive research involving thousands of HR professionals to develop the SHRM Competency Model, which identifies eight key Behavioral Competencies: Ethical Practice, Leadership & Navigation, Business Acumen, Relationship Management, Communication, Consultation, Critical Evaluation, and Global & Cultural Effectiveness and one Technical Competency: HR Expertise (HR Knowledge) that are the foundation of successful HR practice. ​​​​​​

    • The SHRM Competency Model provides HR professionals with a comprehensive roadmap for developing the capabilities they need to advance their careers and improve their effectiveness in the workplace.
    • The SHRM Competency Model is fundamental to SHRM’s two new certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) for early-career practitioners, and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) for senior-level practitioners.

    SHRM is launching these new credentials to further two goals:

    • For HR professionals, to reaffirm the importance of acquiring both the competencies and knowledge essential for successful job performance;
    • For employers, to provide reliable indicators of proficiency in these critical dual aspects of modern HR practice.

    SHRM regards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new standard in certification for the HR profession. By incorporating key HR competencies into the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, SHRM is enhancing the relevance of the new certifications. SHRM’s new credentials demonstrate to the global business community that the credential holder has strong capabilities in both aspects of HR practice—competency and knowledge—that are required for effective job performance.

    For more information regarding educational opportunities to help you certify or re-certify, contact ASHRM’s Education & Certification Director.

    Certification and Re-certification


    For those professionals wanting to try a different approach to preparing for their exams, ASHRM is proud and excited to offer professional study sessions. These study sessions, facilitated by  Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from our own ASHRM membership, have become valuable for a multitude of reasons including their high pass rate, fabulous networking opportunities and the informal, comfortable participation enjoyed by participants.


    The Anchorage Chapter for the Society of Human Resources Management (ASHRM) is dedicated to helping you recertify by offering various presentations with pre-approved certification credit.

    Our monthly luncheons and other, low-cost training opportunities are pre-approved for SHRM and HRCI credit!

    The Alaska State HR Conference, which the Anchorage Chapter plays a major role in presenting, is awarded recertification credits too!

    Professional Study Sessions for SHRM Certification

    Our Education & Certification Committee works cooperatively together to offer two different four-month sessions for each SHRM testing window. This is eight months of learning each year!

    Using the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), SHRM Learning System as their guide, SMEs offer two-hour study sessions each week during the four-month period. A study session schedule for each four-month session is prepared in advance for your review. As you can see from this schedule, ASHRM is serious about your preparation; these study groups are not for the faint at heart!

    The SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK™), Learning System includes five modules:

    • HR Competencies
    • People
    • Organization
    • Workplace
    • Strategy

    For more information about the SHRM Certification, visit:

    In addition to reviewing all the material found in these modules, ASHRM offers instruction and guidance on issues such as:

    • Adult Learning Styles;
    • Testing Anxiety; and
    • Study and Testing Strategies.

    With the help of many fabulous volunteers, they are able to present “subject specific” material and discussion for each competency as well as facilitate small, personal “boot camps” for those individuals wanting to “turn up” their studying a notch or two. Participants can refer to the schedule for more information about the boot camp schedule and commitment.

    If you are an HR Professional and wish to sit for the upcoming professional exams, contact the Education & Workforce Development team today! They offer the chance to prepare for and succeed at your professional certification exam and they offer the opportunity to meet many, many colleagues in the Anchorage area that can help you become a valuable member of the HR community. Through networking and partnering with colleagues having expertise you are lacking, you can more easily build your knowledge base and build upon your professional resources.

    Need the SHRM Learning System Study Materials?

    Participants of the ASHRM Study sessions can order the SHRM Learning Modules at a reduced rate. Information on ordering these materials through ASHRM will be distributed at the beginning of each four-month study session.

    Scholarships and Awards

    Alaska SHRM State Council HRCI Certification Preparation Scholarship

    Alaska SHRM State Council offers an HRCI Certification Preparation scholarship. The deadline is November 1 and the information can be found at

    SHRM Professional Awards for SHRM Professional Members

    SHRM Foundation Scholarships for HR Professionals
    Scholarships are awarded annually to SHRM members pursuing degrees in HR-related fields or professional certification. In addition, SHRM professional chapters and state councils are eligible to compete for the certification scholarship to fund programs that promote HR certification.

    Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR

    To be eligible to apply, an HR professional must be a first-time master's student seeking a degree in HR and must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) be a member of SHRM or 2) hold a professional certification (e.g., PHR, SPHR or GPHR certification) from the HR Certification Institute.

    New! HRM Impact Awards
    Organizations with successful, evidence-based HR management practices are invited to submit applications for the new HRM Impact Award. Winners will be selected based on their HR practices and initiatives that have been measured and deemed successful through evidence-based, data-driven analyses. They will receive a plaque and media exposure highlighting their winning practices or initiatives.

    Awards for SHRM Student Members and Advisors

    SHRM Foundation Student Scholarship Program
    More than $25,000 will be awarded in scholarships for graduate and undergraduate education, as well as the Assurance of Learning exam.

    SHRM Foundation Dissertation Awards

    In partnership with the HR Division of the Academy of Management, the Foundation presents four $5000 awards each year to support the dissertation research of promising doctoral candidates.

    Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award

    This premier $50,000 award from the Michael R. Losey endowment fund recognizes significant research contributions that impact the human resource management field.

    For more information about these awards, visit the SHRM Foundation.