HR Certification Prep - Online and On Campus

Society for Human Resource Management

"Being able to focus on something that would help me immediately, being able to move forward in my career ... was important."

Course Graduate Renee Redmond '09, PHR
Global Human Resources Business Partner
Clariant International
Basel, Switzerland


Prepare for the HR Certification Exam

Prepare for the HR certification that will help you take your human resources career to the next level.

Southern New Hampshire University, in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, provides the HR certification prep course in a 10 session executive format and a flexible, nine-week online format.

Prepare for the PHR or SPHR certification exams. While taking this course does not guarantee passing the exam, our HR certification prep course graduates have enjoyed great success:

  • 96 percent pass the PHR test (national rate: 59 percent)
  • 88 percent pass the SPHR test (national rate: 54 percent)

SNHU's human resources certification prep course is taught by faculty with human resource industry as well as academic experience and credentials.

HR Certification Prep Course Topics

Gain an overview of the practical knowledge and tools necessary to develop your HR professional skills as you prepare for the PHR and SPHR exams. Graduates of SNHU's HR certification prep course say taking the course gave them the additional confidence and preparation they needed for the national exam. HR certification prep course topics include:

  • Strategic Business Management 
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Risk Management

Who Should Attend

  • Human resource managers and senior executives
  • Employee benefits directors 
  • Employee relations managers 
  • Training directors
  • Human resource staff members seeking advancement

Courses Begin:

On Campus Session Starts:

  • Fall: Sept. 19 - Nov. 7, 2014 (Manchester, NH, campus - executive format)
  • Spring: Feb. 13 - Apr. 10, 2015 (Manchester, NH, campus - executive format)

Online Course Starts:

  • Fall: September 2-Nov 9, 2014
  • Sprig: February 9, 2015 - April 19, 2015

Course Schedules:

On-Campus Course Schedule

Sessions offered in an executive schedule format.

2014 SHRM Fall Term  Sept. 19 - Nov. 7, 2014
Fridays - 9/19, 10/3, 10/31, 11/7 3:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 9/27, 10/18, 11/1 8:45 a.m. - noon, 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

2014 SHRM Spring Term  Feb. 7 - Apr. 11, 2015
Fridays - 2/13, 2/27, 3/14, 4/10 3:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 2/21, 3/27, 4/4 8:45 a.m. - noon, 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Register now to take the HR certification prep course on campus.

Accelerated session runs:

Pre-Course Week 1
Business Management and Strategy Week 2
Workforce Planning & Development Week 3
HR Development Week 4
Compensation and Benefits Week 5
Employee and Labor Relations Week 6
Risk Management Week 7
Final Exam & Instructor / Content Access* Week 8

*Students have continued access to the course and instructor through the end of the term to review exam results in relation to course objectives and learning outcomes. This enables students to hone in on areas needed for further study in advance of the national HR exam.

Register now to take the HR certification prep course online.


Tuition for the course is $1,257, which includes all books and materials as well as the web-based resources that are considered essential for computer-based testing preparation. SHRM members receive a $69 discount (total cost $1,188). Payment is required at least two weeks prior to the start of the course in order to guarantee placement for the on campus class. Online payment is required one week prior to start of the online class.

National Exam

The exam is offered by HRCI twice a year, generally in the winter (December/January) and spring (May/June) and published at the start of each new calendar year. Registering for the SNHU HR Certification prep course does not register you for the HRCI exam.

It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in sitting for the PHR/SPHR exam should verify eligibility via the HR Certification Institute. Information about HR certification exam dates, costs and locations also is available at HRCI.

Unsure of Exam Eligibility: Download HR Certification Institute's 2013 Certification Policies and Procedures Handbook, to understand eligibility and requirements.

Cancellation Policy

A 50-percent cancellation fee is accessed to participants who cancel within two weeks prior to the start of the course. Participants who withdraw after the first class meeting are not entitled to a refund.

How Can We Help?

Phone: 603.314.1481
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