PHR/SPHR Certification: Preparation Course

Online

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 this updated and expanded Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) exam preparation course.

Many human resource professionals find they have a professional edge after passing the national Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exams offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute. Prepare yourself for the exam as you investigate strategic management practices, workforce planning and employment, total rewards, compensation and benefits, human resource development, employee and labor relations, occupational health, safety, security and risk management.

Under the mentorship of the instructor, groups of students will research and study a specific course content area, and then present that content area to their classmates.

Expect to spend eight to 10 hours of study time per week in addition to classroom time in order to successfully complete the national certification exam. For more information about certification, or recertification, visit the HRCI website at www.hrci.org.

Eligibility requirements

Minimum criteria for taking the PHR exam are:

  • 1 year of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Master's degree or higher
  • 2 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Bachelor's degree
  • 4 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

Minimum criteria for taking the SPHR exam are:

  • 4 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Master's degree or higher
  • 5 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Bachelor's degree
  • 7 years of demonstrated professional (exempt experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

 

Academic Units
3
CEUs
3
Section Number
211HRM276
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This course begins July 20th. Classes are held Tuesday evenings for 12 weeks from 5:30pm to 8:30pm via Zoom October 15th.  

 

Please note that this class has REMOTE face-to-face instruction via Zoom with online homework and exam components. There are additional materials required for the course. This course will use the supplemental HRCP Learning System, which will have an additional of $217- $393 depending on purchase of online or online PLUS print materials. Before the course starts, we will send students information on how to purchase these materials with a UC Davis discount code. 

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received before the second meeting of the course. Visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers. 

Prerequisites

Eligibility requirements

Minimum criteria for taking the PHR exam are:

  • 1 year of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Master's degree or higher
  • 2 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Bachelor's degree
  • 4 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

Minimum criteria for taking the SPHR exam are:

  • 4 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Master's degree or higher
  • 5 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Bachelor's degree
  • 7 years of demonstrated professional (exempt experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

Technical Requirements

This is a "Remote Classroom" format course- all instruction occurs face-to-face via Zoom online classroom. Technology is used to facilitate online activities, assess students (assignments, exams, etc.), or deliver content. You will receive an email on the course start date with information on how to log into the online class portal. If you have not received your login information in the time frame indicated, please visit: our website for additional information on how to obtain access to your course. Students must have a computer with access to the internet and an email account in order to complete this course. Also, students must test their computer's ability to use Zoom PRIOR to the first class at https://zoom.us/test To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements.

Section Course Materials

HRCP Learning System

Mandatory
This course will be using the HRCP Learning System. All students must purchase an individual license. These materials will give you access to an online portal with your individual dashboard to be used in the classroom. The HRCP Learning System includes an e-textbook, instructional videos, practice questions, flash cards and practice exams. This study aid will be used in class to enhance the learning experience. Physical Print materials are also available for purchase. To purchase the mandatory HRCP Learning System, follow the step listed below: 1. Materials can be purchased at www.hrcp.com 2. Enter Your Voucher (use discount code: ) 3. Select a Course (you can choose to purchase any of the following tests) UCD CPE Discount Rate: Online Materials only $217,  Online plus Print Edition $393 - PHR™ Certification Exam Prep 2020 - SPHR™ Certification Exam Prep 2020 You must have access to HRCP Learning System by the first day of class.

Discounts

Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

SHRM

Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

SEAC

Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

SAHRA

Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

NCHRA

Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save $50 on the course fee.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Capitol Corridor Rider

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.