Human Resource Certification Exam Preparation

Attending this course is the most effective way to prepare to pass the PHR or SPHR exam. We also offer exam preparation for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. 

Program Overview

The Human Resources Certification Exam Preparation gives HR professionals the confidence to take a certification exam. HR certification demonstrates relevance, competence, experience, dedication and credibility to your employers, clients, staff members and professional peers. Certified HR professionals tend to advance to senior roles more quickly.

As a student, you will:

  • Be prepared to take the HR Certification Exam of your choice.
  • Put yourself in a position to be promoted or qualify for more senior positions.
  • Show your employer your experience and dedication by completing the certification course and exam.

Who Should Enroll:

  •  HR professionals seeking professional certifications.
  • Individuals who are seeking a career in Human Resources.

Course Description:

PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation – HRCU 0001
Certificate of Completion and 3.60 CEUs
Prepare for the exam necessary to distinguish yourself in your HR career and join the ranks of 120,000 certified HR professionals. Certified instructors take you step by step through extensive material to prepare you for the certification exams. Focus is on business strategic management, workforce planning and employment, HR development, compensation, benefits, employee and labor relations and risk management.

HRCI’s rigorous exams are primarily experience-based. Candidates must meet certain criteria in order to take our exams. Those requirements are outlined here.

SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exam Preparation – HRCU 0047
Certificate of Completion and 3.60 CEUs
Earning the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential shows that a person has mastered the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge and has remained current on Human Resources. SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certificates elevate the status of the HR profession. A highly valued certification gives a distinct advantage in the job market. Focus is on HR competencies, people, organization, workplace, and strategy.

Applicants must meet specific educational and work experience criteria at the time they submit their application in order to be eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam. See the requirements here.


12 week course

Estimated Cost


Ways to Learn



3.6 CEUs

Course Schedule

Students should expect to spend 4-5 hours per week on reading and completing assignments in addition to class time.

Tuition (On Campus and Online): $640
Materials: $245-$445 (Purchase directly from HRCP)

In-Person (Irvine Campus) 
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Date: Sep 11–Dec 18, 2018 (No class Sep 18 & Nov 20) | Reg Deadline: Sep 4, 2018

Time: Thursdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Date: Sep 13–Dec 20, 2018 (No class Sep 20 & Nov 22) | Reg Deadline: Sep 6, 2018

Date: Apr 9 - Jul 1, 2018 | Reg Deadline: Apr 2, 2018
Date: Jul 2 - Sep 23, 2018 | Reg Deadline: Jun 25, 2018
Date: Sep 24 – Dec 16, 2018 | Reg Deadline: Sep 17, 2018

PHR/SPHR Materials (On Campus and Online)
HRCP Program Materials can be purchased directly from HRCP with 3 types of options:
- Online Edition w/Audio (Online only, no printing): $245
- Printed only edition: $345 plus shipping
- Combo printed and electronic edition: $445 plus shipping
Discount code sent to registered students after registration.


Non-Member Tuition: $1,275 includes materials ($870 value) and PIHRA membership
PIHRA Member Tuition:** $1,125 includes materials ($870 value)

On-Campus (Irvine Campus) 
Time: Thursdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Date: Sep 20 – Dec 20, 2018 (No class Nov 22) | Reg Deadline: Sep 9, 2018 

**Discount is only available for current PIHRA Members. Prior to registering, please email a scanned copy of your Official PIHRA Membership Card, PIHRA Member number or receipt to for your discount code to use at registration.

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Please Note: The exam fee is not included in the cost of the course. Applicants must meet specific educational and work experience criteria to be eligible to sit for the certification exam.  For the HRCI PHR/SPHR Certification candidates, check your eligibility requirements at For the SHRM-CP/SCP Certification candidates, check your eligibility requirements at

Did You Know?

Holding either certification is lined to increased frequency and level of promotion

HR professional that are certified reported 80% increase in job satisfaction

21% growth in HR specialist employment through 2020

Median HR salary without any certification is $45,600 versus $87,900 with SPHR certification


*Source: 2013 PayScale Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition,

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