PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation


AVAILABLE: In-class
REQUIRED CREDITS: 5
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Locations vary by quarter. Please contact an advisor for more information!


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2014 Course Locations

City University of Seattle in Everett
Saturdays, February 8 through May 3
1:00pm – 4:00pm

City University of Seattle - Downtown Seattle
Saturdays, February 8 through May 3
9:00am – 12:00pm

City University of Seattle in Renton
Wednesdays, February 12 through April 30
6:00pm – 9:00pm


Program Details

The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) nationally certifies human resource professionals through their Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credentials.

City University of Seattle offers this exam preparation course in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)® Learning System which is currently ranked #1 in the nation according to the HRCI exit survey.

Our 12-week professional development program includes six modules that cover the body of knowledge covered in the PHR and SPHR exams while providing a broad overview of the HR field.

Effective In-Class Learning

CityU of Seattle offers this human resources training in a classroom setting so you can benefit from an experienced instructor, interaction with peers, and a guided assignment schedule to keep you on track. Learn more about this unaccredited PHR/SPHR exam prep course as well as our accredited Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management by contacting a CityU advisor today.

Where CityU Can Take You

The Professional and Senior Professional in Human Resources credentials are regarded as industry standard. The HRCI is known for its rigor in testing and its comprehensive recertification process. CityU, in partnership with SHRM, will help you show potential employers that you're serious about your HR career by preparing you pass the exam portion of your credentialing process.

Get Started Today!

Register for next quarter's course by contacting a CityU advisor. But do note that PHR and SPHR candidates must demonstrate a combination of aptitude, education and HR experience to complete their certification. Learn more at HRCI's website or by speaking with a knowledgeable CityU advisor today.

2014 - City University of Seattle in Everett

Date: Saturdays, February 8 through May 3
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Course: HR 401 Professional/Senior Professional Human Resource Management Preparation Course
Fee: $1075 – Includes tuition and SHRM Learning System

2014 - City University of Seattle - Downtown Seattle

Date: Saturdays, February 8 through May 3
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Course: HR 401 Professional/Senior Professional Human Resource Management Preparation Course
Fee: $1075 – Includes tuition and SHRM Learning System

2014 - City University of Seattle in Renton

Date: Wednesdays, February 12 through April 30
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Course: HR 401 Professional/Senior Professional Human Resource Management Preparation Course
Fee: $1075 – Includes tuition and SHRM Learning System


Course Content

The SHRM Learning System Course features printed workbooks, over 1,500 test questions, an Online Resource Center, an interactive case study, and the SPHR Preparation Book, designed especially for SPHR candidates.

What will you learn?
The key to the success of the PHR/SPHR certification and the 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 HR Certification Institute body of knowledge tested in PHR/SPHR exams.

Module 1: Strategic Business Management

  • Role of HR in organizations
  • HR strategy
  • Evaluating the internal/external environment
  • HR and the legislative and regulatory environment

Module 2: Workforce Planning and Employment

  • Employee rights, privacy and consumer protection legislation
  • Organizational staffing requirements
  • Recruitment, selection and retention

Module 3: Human Resource Development

  • Organizational development
  • Training and development
  • Talent management
  • Performance management

Module 4: Total Rewards

  • Compensation structure and systems
  • Benefit programs
  • Compensation and benefits legislation
  • Administering and evaluating compensation and benefits programs

Module 5: Employee and Labor Relations

  • Labor relations legislation
  • Union organizing and collective bargaining
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Employee involvement and engagement

Module 6: Risk Management

  • Organizational risk
  • Workplace safety, health, security and privacy
  • Risk management legislatio

Course participants will also receive the SPHR Preparation Book specifically designed for SPHR candidates.

Register Now!

Contact Monthell Woodson at 425.204.3828 or 800.426.5596 x3828 or e-mail for a registration packet.

Registration deadline: All registrations must be received by January 31, 2014. Late registrations will be taken into consideration and handled on a space-available basis.

Program Requirements: There are no admission requirements to take this program, however certain criteria must be met for participants taking the PHR or SPHR exam. See exam requirements below.

PHR and SPHR Exam Requirements: To apply for either the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), candidates must have a combination of education and professional HR experience. For more information, see the certification information handbook or visit www.HRCI.org.

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Each participant receives the SHRM Learning System as part of their registration.