Human Resource Certification Exam Preparation

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 HRCI. We also offer the new SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exam prep courses.

Holding an 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.  63 percent of HR assistants with certification received a promotion within five years, compared to only 34 percent of those without certification.*

Who should take this course?

Our Human Resource certification preparation courses are designed primarily for individuals seeking professional certifications. These courses are also good overviews for all entry level and more senior staff in human resources who need professional development or certification focused on the topic areas that comprise the focus of their daily work.

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


  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)/Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)/SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)


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Additional Resources:

HRCI’s PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Process
SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Exam Eligibility

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

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.

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.

PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation (On Campus)
Location: Irvine Campus, 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tuition: $640
Instructor: Dennis Buster
Materials (Required and not included in tuition): HRCP Program Materials can be purchased directly from HRCP 

  • Tuesdays: February 21 – May 23, 2017 (No Class: 02/28) | Registration Deadline: February 14
  • Thursdays: February 23 – May 25, 2017 (No Class: 03/02) | Registration Deadline: February 16
  • Tuesdays: September 5 – December 12, 2017 (No Class: 09/12 & 10/10) | Registration Deadline: August 29
  • Wednesdays: September 6 – December 13, 2017 (No Class: 09/13 & 10/11) | Registration Deadline: August 30

PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation (Online) 
Instructor: Nina Woodard and Jimmie Flores 
Materials (Required and not included in tuition): HRCP Program Materials can be purchased directly from HRCP 

  • January 16 – April 9, 2017 | Registration Deadline: January 9
  • April 10 – July 2, 2017 | Registration Deadline: April 3
  • July 3 – September 24, 2017 | Registration Deadline: June 26
  • September 25 – December 17, 2017 | Registration Deadline: September 18
PHR/SPHR Materials (On Campus and Online)  - HRCP Program Materials can be purchased directly from HRCP with 3 types of options:
Electronic only edition: $245 plus shipping 
- Printed only edition**: $345 plus shipping 
- Combo printed and electronic edition**: $445 plus shipping

**Discount code sent to registered students after registration for $50 off Printed only or Combo editions. No discount code for electronic only edition.


SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Exam Preparation (On Campus) 
Location: Irvine Campus, 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Standard Non-Member Tuition: $1,275 - Price includes the SHRM Learning System materials ($870 value) and PIHRA membership
PIHRA Member Tuition*: $1,125 - Price includes the SHRM Learning System materials ($870 value)
Instructor: Sam Bresler

  • Thursdays: February 23 – May 18, 2017 | Registration Deadline: February 21

*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.


SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Exam Preparation (Online) 
Tuition: $640
Instructor: Jimmie Flores
Materials (Required and not included in tuition):  $570 for the SHRM Learning System to be purchased through Brandman at registration & are non-refundable.

  • February 27  – May 21, 2017 | Registration Deadline: February 17
  • September 18 – December 10, 2017 | Registration Deadline: September 7