If you need to put more stuff in your classpath when Surefire executes (e.g some funky resources or a container special jar), we normally recommend you add it to your classpath as a dependency. Consider deploying shared jars to a private remote repository for your organization.
But, if you must, you can use the additionalClasspathElements element to add custom resources/jars to your classpath. This will be treated as an absolute file system path, so you may want use $basedir or another property combined with a relative path. Note that additional classpath elements are added to the end of the classpath, so you cannot use these to override project dependencies or resources.
<project> [...] <build> <plugins> <plugin> <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId> <artifactId>maven-failsafe-plugin</artifactId> <version>2.5</version> <configuration> <additionalClasspathElements> <additionalClasspathElement>path/to/additional/resources</additionalClasspathElement> <additionalClasspathElement>path/to/additional/jar</additionalClasspathElement> </additionalClasspathElements> </configuration> <executions> <execution> <id>integration-test</id> <goals> <goal>integration-test</goal> </goals> </execution> <execution> <id>verify</id> <goals> <goal>verify</goal> </goals> </execution> </executions> </plugin> </plugins> </build> [...] </project>