Certification 

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 and expanded Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) exam preparation course based on the SHRM Learning System.  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 PHR/SPHR/GPHR Fall 2014 Certification Test Preparation Classes is now open!

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 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.


Fall HRCI Class Schedule


Classes will begin in mid-September and run until late-October.  The course will have ten class sessions covering the six modules of the SHRM Learning System and a Test Taking Tips Session.  The classes are scheduled for  Saturday mornings from 8:30am-12:30pm and Tuesday night classes from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  No meals or drinks are provided, but vending machines are available. All classes will be held at Southern Research Institute located in Birmingham.

HRCI Study Course Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:30pm- 6:30pm
 
Business Management and Strategy
Saturday, September 20, 2014
8:30am- 12:30pm

Employee and Labor Relations
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
5:30pm- 7:30pm

Employee and Labor Relations
Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30am-12:30pm

Human Resource Development
Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30am- 12:30pm

Compensation and Benefits
Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:30am- 12:30pm

HRCI Test Taking Tips
Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:30am- 12:30pm

Workforce Planning and Employment
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
5:30pm- 7:30pm

Workforce Planning and Employment
Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:30am-12:30pm

Final Mock Exam
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:30pm- 7:30pm

 

Key features that make the SHRM Learning System an excellent HR cert prep and professional development program include:

  • User-friendly content that matches the HR Certification Institute's body of knowledge. 
  • More than 1,500 questions that allow you to test your knowledge and be more prepared for the PHR or SPHR Certification exam. 
  • An interactive case study focused on real-life situations faced by HR professionals. You will apply learned concepts in eight different scenarios and work through questions for each. 
  • 100-question post-test that mirrors the PHR/SPHR certification exam so you can hone your test-taking skills. 
  • Provide a common HR language across your entire organization.

Tuition

The cost of the classes will be between $850 for BSHRM members and $950 for non-BSHRM members.The cost includes classes led by subject matter experts for each of the modules, books for each of the modules and unique registration link for a dynamic virtual learning lab. The class fee does not  include the exam fee charged by HRCI.

If you already have a learning system provided by HRCI, then the fee is $450. NOTE: HRCI Learning System 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 Maria Norton, SPHR at certification@bshrm.org.

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We will begin to invoice you on or around September 1. Your payment is due in full by September 12. 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 ove 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?

2014 Spring Exam Dates

Exam Dates: May 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014
Applications Accepted: March 19, 2014
Late Application Deadline: April 23, 2014

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.

CHOOSING AN EXAM LEVEL

PHR

SPHR

Minimum required exempt-level HR experience

2 YEARS

2 YEARS

Recommended exempt-level HR experience

2-4 YEARS

 

6-8 YEARS

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 SHRM'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, SHRM 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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