Human Resources Certification Exam Preparation (PHR/SPHR)

Attending this course is the most effective way to prepare to pass the PHR or SPHR exam. 

Program Overview

Holding a PHR/SPHR certification demonstrates relevance, competence, experience, dedication and credibility to your employers, clients, staff members and professional peers. Certification as a Human Resources professional is becoming an integral step to building a successful career.

UMass Global prepares HR professionals to take either the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Who Should Enroll:
  • HR professionals seeking professional certifications
  • Individuals who are seeking a career in Human Resources

Course Description:

Prepare for the exam necessary to distinguish yourself in your HR career and join the ranks of 140,000 certified HR professionals. Certified instructors take you step by step through extensive material to prepare you for the certification exams. Focus is on business strategic management, workforce planning and employment, HR development, compensation, benefits, employee and labor relations and risk management.

HRCI’s rigorous exams are primarily experience-based. Candidates must meet certain criteria in order to take our exams. Those requirements are outlined


12 weeks

Estimated Tuition


Plus current HRCP materials required

Ways to Learn



3.6 CEUs

Course Schedule

Tuition: $640 (Only covers the exam prep course)
Materials: $260-$470 (Purchase directly from HRCP)*

Course Schedule

Dates: August 30 - Dec 13, 2022 (No class Sept 6 & Nov 23) |Reg Deadline: Aug 29, 2022

Registration will open at least 6 weeks prior to the start of class. If you are interested in enrolling, please email [email protected] to be added to the course interest list.

Class Info:

  • Instructor: Dennis Buster
  • Live online sessions meet via Zoom Tuesdays, 6:00- 9:00 pm Pacific
  • Expect to spend about 4-5 hours per week on reading, assignments and exams in addition to class time
  • First meeting is orientation

PHR/SPHR Materials
HRCP Program Materials must be purchased directly from HRCP from one of the options below:
- Online edition w/audio (Online only, no printing): $260*
- Print only edition: $365 plus shipping*
- Combo printed and online edition w/audio: $470 plus shipping*

*Material prices subject to change without notice. Materials discount code sent to registered students after course registration. Current materials required and edition year must match the year the course is taken. Materials are updated annually and released in late December for the upcoming year.


Registration opens at least 6 weeks prior to the start of each course. If space is available, late enrollments may enroll up to the start date of class. If you have ever been a student of UMass Global or Brandman University, please email [email protected] to reset your account. Do not create a new account which will create a duplicate record and delay your registration.

Did You Know?

Certified HR professionals receive a 31% pay boost.

82% of certified HR professionals have been promoted in the last 5 years, versus just 68% of those who are not certified.

Median pay increases by 50% for individuals from a PHR certification to a SPHR Certification

Source: 2018 PayScale Research 

Program Partner

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Refund Policy

Please Note: Certification exam fee is not included in the cost of tuition and students must apply with HRCI. In the last month of the course, apply with HRCI to take the certification exam for a date after the course ends. Applicants must meet specific educational and work experience criteria to be eligible to sit for the certification exam. Check your eligibility requirements here

Full Payment is due upon enrollment. Not applicable for payment plans, financial aid nor military benefits. 

This course not only prepared me for my exam, it also gave me an overall view of the career I would be pursuing. In addition, the professor provided great mentorship and career advice.
Miranda B. | VF Corporation, Total Rewards Analyst, PHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
When I first began the course, I knew only the bare minimum concerning HR. Though I worked in the field, terms and regulations were foreign to me. Now, I am able to properly relate to what is being stated at the table of discussion and can participate at an expert level.
Lynette A. | Fort Washington Medical Center, PHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
The appeal of an on-campus class with an instructor is why I chose Brandman*. The heavy material is more digestible when opened up for discussion in class and explained with stories and examples provided by the instructor. Dennis' breadth of experience in all aspects of HR, as well as, his likability and ability to review/explain concepts made choosing him as the instructor, and Brandman* as the school a very easy decision and one I am glad I made. I would highly recommend Dennis' course to anyone considering a prep class.
Amanda O. | Benefits Consultant & Broker, In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
*Brandman University is now UMass Global
The instructor led course was exactly what I needed. It allowed for real-life examples of what we were learning and the opportunity to discuss with peers in the class. Dennis' knowledge was awesome and he always kept the class upbeat...I don't think I'd be able to pass the exam without this course.
Lesley W. | AVP Human Resources, In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
My supervisor referred me to take a prep course at Brandman University*...The course was very well laid out with the topics and also examples that the instructor shared from his experience. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody interested in prepping for their HR Certification.
Margarita S. | Human Resources Assistant, Sr., In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course
*Brandman University is now UMass Global
Great Course! Dennis did a wonderful job providing real-life examples that I have already used in my day-to-day.
Samantha M. | In-Person, PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Course

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