Human Resources 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.

In-Person Course Format

The first course meeting will be an orientation meeting to go over course expectations and answer any questions you may have before beginning the course. The remaining course meetings will consist of instructor lectures and class discussions. Students should expect to spend 4-5 hours per week on reading and completing assignments in addition to class time.

Online Course Format

This flexible asynchronous instructor-led Blackboard Online course, offers a weekly schedule of assignments, where you will access your course anywhere you have internet access and have set deadlines during the week. There are no set meeting times or dates of when the class will meet nor are there any pre-recorded videos or online lectures for later viewing. The course will consist of weekly discussion board posts, case study assignments, quizzes, exams and a blog post. If you have any questions as you go through the course, the instructor will respond either via email or phone (whichever you prefer) and help you with any topics you need clarification or more information on. All interaction takes place online in the Blackboard classroom Blackboard Demo. Students should expect to spend about 8 hours per week on reading, assignments and exams. 

Course Description:

PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation – HRCU 0001
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
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.


Online: 12 weeks | Irvine: 13 weeks

Estimated Cost

$640 plus materials

Ways to Learn



3.6 CEUs

Course Schedule

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

In-Person (Irvine Campus) 
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Date: Feb 12 – May 21, 2019 (No class Feb 19 & Apr 30) | Reg Deadline: Feb 5, 2019
Date: Sep 10 – Dec 17, 2019 (No class Sep 17 & Nov 26) | Reg Deadline: Sep 3, 2019

Date: Jan 14 – Apr 7, 2019 | Reg Deadline: Jan 7, 2019
Date: Apr 8 – Jun 30, 2019 | Reg Deadline: Apr 1, 2019
Date: Jul 1 – Sep 22, 2019 | Reg Deadline: Jun 24, 2019
Date: Sep 23 – Dec 15, 2019| Reg Deadline: Sep 16, 2019

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.

Tuition: $640
SHRM Learning System Materials (not included in tuition and required to have current edition): $570

On-Campus (Irvine Campus) 
Time: Thursdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Date: Feb 21 – May 16, 2019 | Reg Deadline: Feb 10, 2019
Date: Sep 19 – Dec 19, 2019 (No class Nov 28) | Reg Deadline: Sep 8, 2019

Registration opens at least 6 weeks prior to the start of each course. Late enrollments may be accepted only during the first week of course.

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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 HRCI PHR/SPHR Certification candidates, check your eligibility requirements here. For SHRM-CP/SCP Certification candidates, check your eligibility requirements here.

Full Payment is due upon enrollment and no payment plans are available. Materials are non-refundable. These courses do not qualify for financial aid. Prices and schedules, subject to change at any time.

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

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


*Source: 2013 PayScale Research,

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This course not only prepared me for my exam, it also gave me an overall view of the career I would be pursuing. In addition, the professor provided great mentorship and career advise.
Miranda B. | Total Rewards Analyst, VF Corporation, PHR Certification Exam Preparation Course, 2018
When I first began the course, I knew only the bare minimum concerning HR. Though I worked in the field, terms and regulations were foreign to me. Now, I am able to properly relate to what is being stated at the table of discussion and can participate at an expert level.
Lynette A. | Fort Washington Medical Center, PHR Certification Exam Preparation Course, 2018
The appeal of an on-campus class with an instructor is why I chose Brandman. The heavy material is more digestible when opened up for discussion in class and explained with stories and examples provided by the instructor. Dennis' breadth of experience in all aspects of HR, as well as, his likability and ability to review/explain concepts made choosing him as the instructor, and Brandman as the school a very easy decision and one I am glad I made. I would highly recommend Dennis' course to anyone considering a prep class.
Amanda O. | Benefits Consultant & Broker, In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
The instructor led course was exactly what I needed. It allowed for real-life examples of what we were learning and the opportunity to discuss with peers in the class. Dennis' knowledge was awesome and he always kept the class upbeat...I don't think I'd be able to pass the exam without this course.
Lesley W. | AVP Human Resources, In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course

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