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Certification Review Courses

If you’ve been planning to earn your Professional Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources, or your California Professional Certification (PHR-CA/SPHR-CA), now is the time to enroll in our Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) exam preparation courses!

We offer these programs in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and utilize the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation materials.  The curriculum, designed by subject matter experts, covers the HRCI Body of Knowledge and includes application exercises that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills.  The SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation is the #1 certification preparation program that consistently helps professionals beat the national pass rate.

There’s never been a better time to pursue your HR certification.  With our blended approach, you’ll learn from comprehensive workbooks and materials, software, online tools and a dynamic classroom experience. In addition, you can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for completing these courses.        

Certified HR Professional (PHR/SPHR)

This Human Resource Certification preparation course is designed primarily for individuals seeking a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification.  This intensive 11-week program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System® for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track as your prepare for the exam.  This test preparation program focuses on the six key functional areas of HR Management.  Participant materials reflect the most up-to-date content in the body of knowledge as outlined by the Human Resource Management Certification Institute.

Topics to be covered include:

  1. Business Management & Strategy
  2. Human Resource Development
  3. Compensation and Benefits
  4. Employee & Labor Relations
  5. Workforce Planning & Employment
  6. Risk Management

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Intended Audiences
HR practitioners, staff and professionals seeking advancement; employee relations, benefits, or compensation professionals; training and development professionals; or anyone who is preparing for the PHR/SPHR certification exams. This is an excellent capstone programs for those who have completed the Cal State San Marcos or other HR Management Certificate programs.  Visit the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) Web site at for additional information.  

Register for HR PHR/SPHR Fall 2014

Global Professional in HR (GPHR)

HR has changed in the past decade, expanding across borders, cultures and economies. If you are a HR professional, earning an HR Certification Institute’s Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHRâ) certification will be prepared to assume responsibilities beyond U.S. regulations—and possess the capability to develop global and cross-border HR policies.

Earning your GPHR certification shows that you have demonstrated mastery of the international HR body of knowledge and have accepted the challenge to stay informed of new developments in the international HR field.

Topics to be covered include:
  1. Strategic HR Management
  2. Global Talent Acquisition and Mobility
  3. Global Compensation and Benefits
  4. Organizational Effectiveness and Talent Development
  5. Workforce Relations and Risk Management

Who Should Take the GPHR Exam?

The ideal GPHR candidate has a combination of exempt-level global HR experience and education.  Please refer to for qualifications

Register for HR GPHR Fall 2014

California HR Professional (PHR-CA/ SPHR-CA)

The California Certification is designed to augment your PHR and SPHR certification and focuses on the specific knowledge of California laws and practices. This exam was prepared for California HR Professionals as well as HR professionals outside of the state whose organization conducts business with the state. 

 Topics to be covered include:

  1. Compensation/Wage and Hour
  2. Employment and Employee Relations
  3. Benefits and Leaves of Absence
  4. Health, Safety, and Workers’ Compensation

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Who Should Take the CA Exam?

The ideal CA candidate must hold a current PHR/SPHR certification.  Please refer to www.hrci for qualifications


Are you already a certified Human Resource Professional?

NEW! Now earn PHR and SPHR re-certification credits entirely ONLINE! Enjoy the flexibility of learning anytime, anywhere and save on travel time and costs: 

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