Purpose of Certification
In partnership with SHRM, Wright State University offers this certification preparation course to ensure participants receive the most updated information for the certification examination utilizing the SHRM Learning System® for PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation program. An essential tool for maintaining high professional standards, certification shows that you have demonstrated mastery of the HR body of knowledge and have accepted the personal challenge to stay abreast of new developments in the human resource field. HR professionals have to know how to deal effectively with human resource strategic planning, international competition, management staffing, family and social issues impacting the work place, employee rights and emerging HR issues of the last decade of the 20th century. Certification is important to you because it provides:
- National recognition of your professional achievement.
- An aid for your career advancement.
- A visual reminder of your professional status - through use of your earned designation on business correspondence and display of your certificate of certification.
- Hiring: 96% of employers state that a certified job applicant has a greater hiring advantage than a non-certified job applicant.
- Promotion: 91% of employers state that a certified HR professional is more likely to be considered for promotion than a non-certified HR professional.
- Job Security: 81% of employers believe that a certified HR professional has greater job security than a non-certified HR professional.
Certification is granted ONLY when a human resource professional has demonstrated achievement of national standards ranging from technical operational knowledge to comprehension of contemporary management concepts and practices.
Level of Certification
Candidates may select the level of certification they feel best represents their mastery of the HR body of knowledge. Candidate performance has shown that appropriate HR experience and educational background contribute significantly to success of the examinations. It is strongly recommended that candidates attempting the PHR exam have two to four years of HR exempt-level experience. Likewise, it is strongly recommended that candidates attempting the SPHR examination have six to eight years of HR exempt-level experience. Success depends on mastery of the entire body of HR knowledge.
As a professional development tool, the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR can increase a participant's knowledge of the field of human resources and provide a current reference of HR practices. As a certification preparation tool, the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR has a measurable track record of success for those qualified to sit for the exam.
Documentation has shown that participants who attend a SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR course through an approved educational institution have consistently higher pass rates on the certification exam than those who do not attend a SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR course.
The SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR is the official SHRM study material to use in preparing for the PHR or SPHR examinations. Questions used in class are in the same format and cover the same body of human resource knowledge as the PHR and SPHR exams. These materials are updated at least once a year to reflect changes in the body of knowledge.
Participants will receive assistance in preparing for the PHR or SPHR exams and an excellent overview of the human resource field. You will be able to network with other human resource professionals, earn continuing professional education credits, and receive a certification of completion. This cost-effective program offers formal human resource training that many human resource professionals have not received through their employment or education.
Use of Certification
The Human Resource Certification Institute program is voluntary in nature, and such certification is conferred by HRCI solely for those purposes stated in the certification handbook. Those persons or organizations who choose to incorporate the HRCI Certification as a condition of employment or advancement do so for their own volition. Such persons must determine for themselves whether the use of such a certification process, including its eligibility and recertification requirements, when coupled with any other requirements imposed by such persons, meets their respective needs and complies with any laws applicable to them.
Schedule & Registration
Register for the Workshop by Sat. Jan. 25, 2014
To Register online: (Preferred Method)
To Register by Phone:
Lee Ann Bradfield
To Register by Mail:
Download the Registration Form (pdf), fill it in and then mail it with payment to:
Wright State University
186 Student Union
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, Ohio 45435
Upon completion of registration and payment for this course, NO REIMBURSEMENTS WILL BE GIVEN
Please note: all personal checks will be processed electronically.
For security purposes we are no longer able to accept written credit card information.
For assistance call our office at 937-775-5511 during normal business hours of 8:30am to 5:00 pm M-F, Eastern Time Zone.
For additional information, call (937) 775-4958
The Wright State University Features: "The SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR" and "Additional Professional Test Taking Tips Session"
Spring 2014 Dates 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22
Location: Rike Hall, Wright State University
Workshop Coordinator: Taylor Floyd
Spring 2014 workshop syllabus
|Feb. 1||020 Rike||Dave Hurwitz, M.Ed.
Wright State University
Coordinator of Study Skills &
|Course Introduction/Professional Test Taking Tips|
|Feb. 8||020 Rike||Steven Ott PHR||Module One:
|Feb. 15||020 Rike||Betsy Brown, SPHR||Module Two:
|Feb. 22||020 Rike||Rick Blackstone, SPHR
Kettering Health Network
Human Resources Department –
Learning & Development
Human Resource Development
|Mar. 1||020 Rike||Betsy Brown, SPHR||Module Four:
|Mar. 8||020 Rike||Philip Worrell, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Employee and Labor Relations
|Mar. 15||020 Rike||Philip Worrell, SPHR||Module Five:
Employee and Labor Relations
|Mar. 22||020 Rike||Gary Auman, SPHR||Module Six:
The cost of the course is $825 for students, $955 for SHRM members, and $1025 for non-SHRM members which includes the registration fee, course material, SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR, the HRCI test preparation manual, tips for test taking, practice tests, pre- and post- practice tests, and refreshments.
Upon completion of registration and payment for this course, NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN
Classes will be held at Wright State University in Rike Hall. Wright State University will allow you to retake the PHR/SPHR Certification course again at no cost at the very next offering of the course should you not pass the PHR/SPHR exam. You will be required to use your old materials or purchase new books if you choose to re-take the course. Verification will be required.
The fee for the PHR/SPHR Certification Examination is not included in the course fee. To register for the exam you will need to register through HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute). The home page of this web site has a link to HRCI which allows you to apply for the PHR/SPHR exam online.
WSU Program Benefits
Top 5 Reasons to Enroll with an Academic Institution
Achieving your career goals can be challenging and time consuming, but the road to success is easier when an experienced guide provides a road map and keeps you on track. Our course combines expert instruction with SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge, and stay on track as you prepare for your exam.
- Accelerate learning and improve retention with a structured classroom environment.
- Learn from an experienced and certified instructor
- Build your network through classroom discussion and other HR professionals.
- Take advantage of your organization’s corporate tuition reimbursement program.
- Prepare to pass. Professionals who attend the course and use the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR to prepare for their PHR/SPHR exams consistently beat the national pass rate.
Here's what one graduate says:
"Wright State University’s SHRM PHR/SPHR certification prep program was enriching both professionally and in preparing for my SPHR exam. The instructors thoroughly covered the materials through lecture, handouts, and class exercises. The instructor’s inclusion of professional experiences, and course attendee’s interjection of work-related experiences, enabled me to conceptually apply the information to my workplace. This holistic approach of instruction, I believe, significantly improved my retention of the materials and ability to prepare for and pass my SPHR exam. I would highly recommend Wright State University’s program to anyone contemplating taking the PHR or SPHR certification exam."
~ Celia E. Jarvis, MSEmpL, SPHR
WSU Program Benefits
Recently, we have received a number of questions about which Human Resources professional preparation course is right for entry-level and more experienced Human Resources practitioners.
Make sure before you register that the course you are choosing meets your professional career and certification goals.
Key differences between Wright State’s program and the program offered by Sinclair/McGohan Brabender.
The difference is huge. Wright State offers the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR program which is developed on sound instructional principles and reviewed/updated annually by a team of highly credentialed subject matter experts in the field. From the first assessment to gauge your current knowledge to the post-test which includes features found on the HR Certification Institute’s exam (timing, strike through, mark/review) and everything in between, this system is designed for your success. This is a certification preparation program for the Professional Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification Institute examinations. Along with the SHRM Learning program, you have personal access to panel of professional instructors who specialize and practice in the modules they teach. Wright State is the only provider in the Dayton region that has access to the latest up-to-date information and tools from the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR to help you pass the certification examinations.
The SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR program is updated annually each January.
The SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR features up-to-date study materials and the latest technology, including SmartStudy tools, learning modules in print or e-reader formats and extensive multi-media online resources accessible via mobile devices. The program also offers the following:
- Assessments to determine current knowledge and gaps
- Ability to use assessment results to create a personal study plan
- Post-test to validate learning and preparation features to pass the exam
- A significant number of test questions were added to the bank and all existing questions have been reviewed/modified to ensure content accuracy and appropriate writing style
Using the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR results in higher pass rates.
Year after year, professionals who use the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR to prepare for their PHR/SPHR exams consistently beat the national pass rate.
Wright State’s course is worth the investment.
Wright State’s preparation program is priced more highly than the Sinclair/McGohan Brabender class because Wright State's program is taught by multiple experts who are leading-edge practitioners in their specific fields of human resources. In addition, we offer a bonus, test-taking session to aid in improving your test results. We purchase the officially approved SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR for each student with all of the features and instructional benefits.
If you have any further questions regarding which option is right for you, please contact, Taylor Floyd, PHR/SPHR Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (937)-775-4958 or Monica Snow, Director, email@example.com, (937)-775-2151
Choose the region's leader in business education for you PHR/SPHR certification exam preparation
Please evaluate the following criteria when selecting a preparation program that delivers quality affordability and value.
Raj Soin College of Business PHR/SPHR Program
- Taught by multiple, SPHR certified instructors each with in-depth expertise in the specific content areas on the exam.
- Certification preparation materials officially authorized and provided by SHRM. (SHRM is the world's largest association dedicated to human resource management)
- Higer than average pass rates.
National pass rates Fall 2010: PHR 57% SPHR 52%
WSU: PHR 66% Fall & Spring 2010
- Bonus professional test taking tips.
- Official SHRM partner since 1999.
Wright State University's SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Historical Pass Rate
|Term||National PHR Pass Rate||Wright State PHR Pass Rate||National SPHR Pass Rate||Wright State SPHR Pass Rate|
|Spring 2010||56%||66%||50%||0% (2 students took the test)|
|Fall 2007||63%||67%||57%||0% (3 students took the test)|
HRCI Exam Information
PHR/SPHR Exam Differences
How do the PHR and SPHR exams differ?
The PHR examination differs from the SPHR examination in terms of the focus and cognitive level of questions. The PHR examination questions tend to be at the operational or technical level, while the SPHR examination questions tend to be at the strategic or policy level. The following table indicates the functional areas covered on the examination as well as the percentage designated to each area.
|Business Management and Strategy||11%||30%|
|Workforce Planning and Employment||24%||17%|
|Human Resource Development||18%||19%|
|Compensation and Benefits||19%||13%|
|Employee and Labor Relations||20%||14%|
New Eligibility Requirements for PHR, SPHR, and GPHR exams
|1 year of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher||4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher||2 years of demonstrated global exempt-level HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher|
|2 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree||5 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree||3 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience (with 2 of the 3 being global HR experience) with a Bachelor’s degree|
|4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree||7 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree||4 years of demonstrated exempt-level HR experience (with 2 of the 4 being global HR experience) with less than a Bachelor’s degree|
Register for the HRCI Exam
Computer-Based Testing (CBT) delivers all PHR and SPHR exams by computer.CBT allows greater flexibility for candidates in test scheduling with two annual eight-week testing windows.
Advantages of CBT include:
- More test locations; 250 Thomson Prometric test centers across the country
- Consistent test administration and test-taking environment
- Individual testing stations for more privacy
- Immediate pass/fail results
- Built-in calculator and clock
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