2014 SHRM Learning System Champion

If you have been planning to earn the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, now is the time to enroll in our recently updated Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) exam preparation course using the HR Review materials.  94% of BSHRM Certification Study Group members that sat for the exam in 2013 passed on their first attempt! That's much better than the 58% national average

Registration for BSHRM Spring 2015 Certification Test Preparation Classes is now open!

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DEADLINE: February 27th

If you are interested in the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exam preparation course, BSHRM will be offering it in the fall. Please contact certification@bhsrm.org for more information.

Benefits of Participation

By attending the course, you will develop new knowledge and skills that will improve your workplace effectiveness immediately.  The classroom instruction based format provides the following benefits:

  • A structured, small classroom environment that enhances learning and helps you stay on track
  • Experienced instructors to explain concepts and apply them to your industry
  • Opportunities to network and share real-world experiences with other HR professionals

Take advantage of the BSHRM certification preparation classes!  Fees, dates, times and locations for the upcoming classes are listed below. 

For more information, or to receive details on registering for the test, go to www.hrci.org.

Spring HRCI Class Schedule

Classes will begin in mid-March and run until early April.  The course will have seven class sessions covering the six modules of the HR Review materials  and a Test Taking Tips Session.  The classes are scheduled for  Saturday mornings from 8:30am-12:00pm and Tuesday night classes from 5:30pm-8:30pm.  Classes will be held at Southern Research Institute (at the Lakeshore location). 

Kickoff: Tuesday, March 10
Saturday, March 14
Tuesday, March 17
5:30- 8:30
Saturday March 21
Tuesday, March 24
5:30 - 8:30
Saturday March 28
8:30 - 12:00
Tuesday, March 31
5:30- 8:30
Saturday, April 4
8:30 - 12:00
Tuesday, April 7

Key features that make the BSHRM exam preparation class an excellent HR cert prep and professional development program include:

  • User-friendly content that matches the HR Certification Institute's body of knowledge. 
  • Two tests that allow you to test your knowledge and be more prepared for the PHR or SPHR Certification exam.  
  • Provide a common HR language across your entire organization.


The cost of the classes will be  $850 for BSHRM members and $950 for non-BSHRM members.The cost includes classes led by subject matter experts for each of the modules and books for each of the modules. The class fee does not  include the exam fee charged by HRCI.

If you already have the books, then the fee is $450. NOTE: Materials are updated at least once per year. You will need the most current learning materials in order to take full advantage of the BSHRM study course.

Minimum class size is 15 participants.   Please send this information to anyone that would be interested!  If you have questions regarding the classes, please email Rebecca Bowen at certification@bshrm.org.


We will begin to invoice you on or around February 16.. Your payment is due in full by February 27.

Check payments are preferred.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Certification?

The PHR and SPHR certifications are awarded by SHRM's Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Certification demonstrates the holder has mastered the increasingly complex human resource body of knowledge and accepted the professional challenge to stay abreast of new development in the HR field.

Who is Certified?

Since SHRM began credentialing HR professional in 1976, the number of certified HR practitioners in the United States has risen each year and now numbers over 36,000. Here in Alabama, over 390 HR professionals hold either the PHR or SPHR designations. In Birmingham, over 130 BSHRM chapter members, representing over 22% of our membership, are certified. HR professionals in all industries and at all levels of experience are becoming credentialed at an increasing rate.

When is the Exam?

2015 Spring Exam Dates

Exam Dates: May 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015
Applications Accepted: March 13, 2015
Late Application Deadline: April 17, 2015

What's in it for me?

Your rewards are recognition of your achievement through the use of PHR or SPHR designation, the distinction of being on the leading edge of your profession and the satisfaction of knowing you have mastered the HR body of knowledge.

What are the requirements for certification?

HRCI strongly recommends that PHR candidates have two to four years of exempt-level HR work experience and SPHR candidates have six to eight years of exempt-level HR work experience.




Minimum required exempt-level HR experience



Recommended exempt-level HR experience




What if I want to cancel my registration after I have already paid for the BSHRM study course?

All cancellations and refund requests must be received at least forty-eight (48) business hours before the start of the first day of the event. All registration funds are subject to a 20% cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail to membership@bshrm.org. No more than fifty percent (50%) of the registration fee will be refunded for requests received after the date of the first class. Refunds will be issued in the same form payment was made. Please allow two weeks for processing. Registrants who cancel or receive refunds will not receive or must return educational/seminar materials.

How can I prepare for the exam?

The BSHRM Certification Review Course is offered each spring and fall prior to the HRCI exams. This course consists of six modules covering the primary areas of field of Human Resource Management. With multiple senior HR professionals  serving as facilitators, this course presents a broad review of human resource management functions and serves as preparation for the national standardized certification examination. A 2011 survey of BSHRM study course graduates revealed a pass rate of 88% compared to 67% (PHR) and 50% (SPHR) with national test takers.

How can I find out more about Certification?

Contact BSHRM's Human Resource Certification Institute at www.hrci.org or  800-283-7476

What about the new SHRM Competency-based Certification?

To help answer some of your questions, BSHRM has developed a presentation that provides further details as it relates to the new certification initiative. They have also expanded their list of FAQs on the shrmcertification.org website based on some of the more common questions received. Please use these resources to become more informed about the new SHRM certification initiative. Click here to see the recorded presentation.

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