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Professional HR Management Training


Watch VideoThe SHRM® Learning System is the #1 PHR/SPHR certification preparation program that helps professionals pass the certification exam on the first try.

Students who use the SHRM Learning System in the Professional Human Resource Management course at HCC, offered in partnership with SHRM, surpass the average national pass rate and college/university pass rate.

If you become PHR/SPHR certified by Jan. 31, 2015, you will be eligible for the new competency-based SHRM certification at no additional cost. For more information, please call 443-518-4972.

COURSE TOPICSIn partnership with SHRM, the society for human resource management

The SHRM Learning System includes six modules updated to reflect the new HR practice and legislation covering the entire HR Certification Institute Body of Knowledge so you’ll learn everything you need for the PHR or SPHR exam.

The six modules include:


 Business Management and Strategy
  • Strategic role of HR in organizations
  • HR business management skills
  • Strategic planning process
  • Evaluating the internal/external environment
  • HR and the legislative and regulatory environment

 Workforce Planning and Employment

  • Employee rights, privacy and consumer protection legislation
  • Organizational staffing requirements
  • Job analysis and documentation
  • Recruitment, flexible staffing, selection and retention

 Human Resource Development

  • Organizational development initiatives
  • Adult learning and motivation
  • Training and development
  • Talent and performance management

 Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation and benefits legislation
  • Benefit programs (Government mandated, deferred comp plans, health care and other non-statutory benefits)
  • Compensation structure and systems
  • Evaluating compensation and benefits programs

 Employee and Labor Relations

  • Employee and labor relations legislation
  • Union organizing and collective bargaining
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Discipline and complaint resolution

 Risk Management

  • Organizational risk
  • Workplace safety, health, security and privacy
  • Risk management legislation


In addition to learning from experienced instructors who are established HR professionals with the SPHR credential, you'll have the chance to test your knowledge and build your confidence in a variety of ways, including:

  • Quickstarts: guided overviews for each module highlight key topics
  • Assessment: identifies topics a participant already knows and those areas that require more time and attention
  • Tests: more than 1,000 questions for continually testing knowledge and comprehension
  • Post-test: weighted and balanced to mimic the scored PHR/SPHR exam; presented in the style and format used by the HR Certification Institute
  • Online Resource Center: includes downloadable audio and web casts, flashcards (printed, online or audio), HR updates, related links, feedback feature and more


Class DatesTimeLocationPriceCourse #

Sep 20
- Nov 22

9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.                         Gateway Campus          $1,165 (includes $505 in fees);
$100 Early Bird tuition discount if you register by Sep. 5.                      
XB 818 7748


Online RegistrationONLINE
•To get started, search for the keyword "human resources," after clicking below.
Register Online

Register By Fax   FAX
•Print and complete the registration form.
   •Fax the form to 443-518-4333.

   Registration Form
Register In Person  
   •Print and complete the registration form.
   •Visit the Registration Office, located in the Rouse Student Services Building, Room 233.
   •Hours: M-Th: 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fri: 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

   Registration Form

For more information, call Roxanne Farrar at 443-518-4972 or email her at


To apply for either the PHR or the SPHR, candidates must have a combination of education and professional HR experience. For more information, see the Certification Handbook or visit

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