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SHRM Professional HRM Certificate Programs

Take Your HR Career To The Next Level With PHR®/SPHR® Certification

HR certification is a career-long commitment that shows your peers, your employees and your organization that you have mastered the principles of human resources and that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession. If you’ve been planning to earn your Professional Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation, now is the time to enroll in our updated and expanded HRCI exam preparation course.

Our SHRM Learning System®-based program is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Subject matter experts have designed the curriculum to address the most current HRCI Body of Knowledge and to incorporate application exercises that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills.  As a certification preparation program, it consistently exceeds the national pass rate.

By attending our course, you will develop new knowledge and skills that will improve your workplace effectiveness immediately. Students will gain:

  • A structured classroom environment that enhances learning and helps you stay on track
  • An experienced instructor to explain concepts and apply them to your industry
  • Opportunities to network and share real-world experiences with other HR professionals
  • Minimizing travel and maximizing employer tuition assistance

With our blended (in-person and online) approach, you’ll learn from printed workbooks, software and online tools and have a dynamic classroom experience. In addition, you can earn up to 3.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for completing this course and may qualify for college credit through Excelsior College (call 888-647-2388 for details).


Everyone may take the PHR®/SPHR® preparation course, but to qualify to take the PHR®/SPHR® exam, a candidate must meet the eligibility requirements established by the Society for Human Resource Management:

PHR® Eligibility

  • One year of demonstrated professional HR experience with a master's degree or higher
  • Two years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a bachelor's degree
  • Four years of demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a bachelor's degree

SPHR® Eligibility

  • 4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a master's degree or higher
  • 5 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a bachelor's degree
  • 7 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a bachelor's degree

For more information on exam eligibility, read these FAQs from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

SHRM's Evolving Certification and Testing Window

You may have heard that SHRM will be offering a new certification exam in the Spring of 2015 and want to know how this will affect the PHR® and SPHR® designation. If you have valid PHR® and SPHR® certification, you may convert this certification to the new (as of yet unnamed) SHRM credential from January 1—December 31, 2015 (details on the SHRM website).

The next testing window PHR® and SPHR® is December 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015. Those looking to register for the exam must go to (Exam registration fee not included in course preparation tuition.)

Certification Courses

Course Content

These preparation courses will cover the following 6 modules:

Module 1: Business Management and Strategy
Module 2: Workforce Planning and Employment
Module 3: Human Resource Development
Module 4: Compensation and Benefits
Module 5: Employee and Labor Relations
Module 6: Risk Management

Both courses cover the same material, but one is offered in a standard format and the other is offered in an accelerated format.

Course Schedules

Our test prep courses are offered two times a year to coincide with the HRCI national test windows. Dates and times are listed below. The cost of course materials and sample test are included with the tuition. On the last day of the course, the sample PHR®/SPHR® examination will be administered.

Accelerated Course Preparations
NCE 900 • 21 hours • Fee: $899*
This is a 21-hour accelerated PHR®/SPHR® preparation course that will earn each passing student 2.1 CEUs.
Section A: Wednesdays, 6-9pmOctober 8 through November 19, 2014

Register Registration deadline is September 26, 2014


Standard Course Preparations New Weekend Format!
NCE 901 • 36 hours • Fee: $1199*
We are pleased to announce a new weekend format for our 36-hour PHR®/SPHR® preparation course. Students who pass this course will earn 3.6 CEUs.
Section C: Saturdays & Sundays, 9am-4pm; November 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, 2014

RegisterRegistration deadline is October 29, 2014

* Current SHRM members and SBU students are eligible to receive a 5% discount


Students who successfully complete the preparation course will receive a certificate of completion from SHRM and Stony Brook University.  Successful completion is dependent upon students attending 75% of course hours.






Contact Information

Amy Margolies, Acting Director
(631) 632-7022

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