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Certification Review Courses

If you’ve been planning to earn your Professional Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) 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

Certification Update

Have you heard about the new SHRM certifications (SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP) which will also be available in 2015? Visit for additional information and to learn why taking and passing your PHR/SPHR exam in December or January will provide you the opportunity to earn BOTH certifications in early 2015.