PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation

Pursue Your Passion as a Human Resources Professional

Get the practice you need to prepare for the PHR and SPHR exams in City University of Seattle’s PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation program. Our 10-week SPHR and PHR prep classes 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.

Whether you elect to enroll in the PHR and SPHR prep course online or on-site, you can benefit from an experienced instructor, interaction with peers, and a guided assignment schedule to keep you on track.

CityU 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.

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. 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 re-certification process.

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.

Course Schedule and Dates

City University of Seattle's PHR/SPHR Test preparation is offered in an online format with synchronous webinars facilitated by the course instructor. Not able to attend a live webinar due to scheduling conflicts? All webinars are recorded and available for view/review.

Course starts available:

Fall Quarter Online: October 9 - December 17, 2023
Spring Quarter Online: April 8 - June 16, 2024

Registration and Payment Deadline

All registrations and tuition are due seven days prior to the course start date. Late registrations will be taken into consideration and handled on a space-available basis.
To register for the October or April class, submit an online registration or email to request a registration form.

Program Requirements

There are no admission requirements to enroll in this program; however, certain criteria must be met for participants taking the PHR or SPHR exam. See the HRCI website for exam requirements.

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



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