HR Certification Institute Video: Value of Certification

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  • Stacey Cloutier, SPHR | recruiter, Deloitte
  • Carrie Jenkins, SPHR | managing director of business development, Creative Financial Staffing
  • Joe McPhilamy, SPHR | director of human resources, Brunk-AJP
  • Paula Wood, SPHR, PHR | human resource manager, Postle Aluminum Co.
  • Kathy Wozniak | senior HR consultant, AEP Cook Nuclear Plant
  • Steve Yoder, SPHR | vice president, human resources, Wieland Designs

This intensive twelve week program is designed primarily for individuals seeking certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®). Create your competitive advantage

A recent study showed HR certified individuals are more marketable in their careers, serve in higher level job positions and enjoy a higher level of credibility.

It also reported that employers believe certification demonstrates an employee's commitment to the HR profession, adds validity and credibility to the department, assures current and up-to-date knowledge and provides opportunities for development. There's no doubt that certification opens doors to unlimited professional growth and advancement.

Invest in yourself

Preparing for and taking the certification exam takes considerable time and effort. Our course is designed to make the process easier and more effective by offering the best exam preparation system available in a classroom environment that keeps students on track and assures all material is covered thoroughly.
Our expert classroom instruction provides a better flow of information and a more enjoyable and effective learning experience. Structured classes, a seasoned instructor and peer interaction enhance learning and retention.

Why SHRM is superior

The SHRM Learning System provides HR professionals with more content, tests, learning tools, and access to expert advice than any other PHR/SPHR exam preparation program. Printed materials are updated annually and online study tools are portable and convenient, with access to online tests, flashcards, and resources via iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre, Windows Mobile, or Google Android.

What you'll learn

The key to success of the PHR/SPHR certification and SHRM Learning System is the relevance of the content to the needs of today's HR professionals. The SHRM Learning System teaches the following six modules covering the HRCI body of knowledge tested in PHR/SPHR exams.

  • Strategic Business Management
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Total Rewards
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Risk Management

How you'll learn

The SHRM Learning System provides the most comprehensive and effective PHR/SPHR training program through a blended format of printed workbooks and web-based study tools. This easy-to-use system includes three key elements:

  • Printed workbooks
  • Online tools with mobile access
  • Resource Center

New "Plan to Pass" tool

Setting a realistic study plan is critical to your success. SHRM has created a valuable tool called "Plan to Pass" that guides your studies. It takes your score from the pre-test (included in the SHRM Learning System) factors in your level of HR experience and creates a study plan based on areas that require the most attention. You can also track your progress as you study to ensure you're reaching your goals.

The payoff

When you complete this course, you'll be prepared to take the PHR or SPHR exam with confidence. Year after year, professionals who use the SHRM Learning System to prepare for certification exams consistently beat the national pass rate.

Certification information

The HR Certification Institute requires HR professionals planning to sit for the PHR or SPHR exams to have a combination of demonstrated work experience and education. For additional information, visit

The next test window is Winter 2014, December 1, 2014-January 31, 2015.

If you have any further questions regarding the PHR or SPHR exams, please visit, call the HR Certification Institute at +1-866-898-4724, or send an e-mail to

While there is no single course of study that guarantees success on the HR Certification Institute exams, the SHRM Learning System has effectively helped thousands of individuals prepare for certification.

Computer-based testing

All certification testing is computer-based and conducted at the 250 Prometric Test Centers around the country. To avoid a late fee, register for your exam by Oct. 5, 2012. For best results, schedule your certification exam for a date that is after the end of your particular class section. For information on the exam and how to register, visit

Note: This class is also eligible for recertification points. Students will receive books the first night of class

$965 for Michiana SHRM chapter members and MHRA members (supply proof of membership w/registration); $1015 for non-members. Fee includes the SHRM Learning System print modules, online learning software, access to the online Resource Center, and 36 hours of classroom instruction.

36 hours; 3.6 CEUs

36 hours | 3.6 CEUs
12 Mon. | Sept. 8-Nov. 24 | 6-9 p.m.
South Bend          [online registration]