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Human Resources Certification Exam Preparation (PHR/SPHR)

Attending this course is the most effective way to prepare to pass the PHR or SPHR exam. 

Program Overview

Holding a PHR/SPHR certification demonstrates relevance, competence, experience, dedication and credibility to your employers, clients, staff members and professional peers. Certification as a Human Resources professional is becoming an integral step to building a successful career.

Brandman prepares HR professionals to take either the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

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.


Online: 12 weeks | Irvine: 13 weeks

Estimated Tuition


Plus current HRCP materials required

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)

Spring 2021

Date: Sep 21 – Dec 13, 2020 | Reg Deadline: Sep 14, 2020

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.


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

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?

Certified HR professionals receive a 31% pay boost.

82% of certified HR professionals have been promoted in the last 5 years, versus just 68% of those who are not certified.

Median pay increases by 50% for individuals from a PHR certification to a SPHR Certification

Source: 2018 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 advice.
Miranda B. | Total Rewards Analyst, VF Corporation, PHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
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
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
My supervisor referred me to take a prep course at Brandman University...The course was very well laid out with the topics and also examples that the instructor shared from his experience. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody interested in prepping for their HR Certification.
Margarita S. | Human Resources Assistant, Sr., In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
Great Course! Dennis did a wonderful job providing real-life examples that I have already used in my day-to-day.
Samantha M. | , In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course

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