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Program Description

This intensive program offered by Cleveland State University is designed primarily for individuals seeking the most sought-after HR certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Now, enjoy the ability to learn at your leisure with our SHRM LS for PHR/SPHR online course! This course will be offered via Blackboard, accessible 24/7 from any web browser. Learn from experts in the field delivering lectures and as you follow along with the viewable PowerPoint presentation. In addition, you will have discussion questions, articles to read as well as quiz questions to enhance your learning experience. A synchronous, live interactive session will also be held for every module in which one of our four expert instructors will provide a overview and allow participants to submit questions and get answers via Blackboard Collaborate. Instructors are available to answer questions via email as well.

Don’t take any chances! Gain access to four experts in the field who focus on critical exam content and materials that are crucial to you becoming certified!

All readings should be read prior to the module week. Please note: A webcam and microphone and/or headset is required to participate in weekly synchronous sessions. A unique web page and log in access will be provided.

Who should take this course?

Our Human Resource certification preparation course is designed primarily for individuals seeking a PHR or SPHR certification.

Advancing your career.For those not seeking certification, the SHRM LS for PHR/SPHR course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist point of view, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core competencies and increase productivity.

By attending our course, you’ll benefit from:

  • A group experienced instructors teaching in their expertise
  • The SHRM LS for PHR/SPHR, ranked the #1 certification prep tool
  • The convenience of an online learning experience that keeps you on track
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers
  • All inclusive course: Books, online access to SHRM's Partner Resource Central, two HRCI assessment exams, printed copy of instructional PowerPoint presentations, printed Flashcards, Ask an Expert tool, the ability to borrow the Bogardus book and cd if requested and a Certificate of Completion.

This course is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The course investment includes all course materials but does not cover registration for the PHR or SPHR examinations.

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Course schedule - Fall 2014

September 10-December 10, 2014

A synchronous session every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. ET. Students are required to participate in these sessions.

This course will consist of recorded lectures, discussion questions, quizzes, articles and one synchronous session per Module week. All readings should be read prior to the Module week.

  • Orientation: September 10 (synchronous session)
  • Module 1: Week of September 22
    • Synchronous session: September 24
  • Module 2: Week of October 6
    • Synchronous session: October 8
  • Module 3: Week of October 20
    • Synchronous session: October 22
  • Module 4: Week of November 3
    • Synchronous session: November 5
  • Module 5: Week of November 16
    • Synchronous session: November 19
  • Module 6: Week of November 30
    • Synchronous session: December 3
  • Review Session: Week of December 7
    • Synchronous session: December 10

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    Testing Window: December1, 2014-January 31, 2015


    Course fee includes online instruction, six workbooks (SHRM LS), online access to SHRM's Partner Resource Central, two HRCI assessment exams, printed copy of instructional PowerPoint presentations, printed Flashcards, Ask an Expert tool, a Certificate of Completion.

    CSU Alumni/SHRM Member/COSE Member
    Registration Window
    Early Bird Rate*
    Ends August 31, 2014
    Standard Rate
    September 1-September 9, 2014
    Late Registration Rate
    September 10-23, 2014

    *Early Bird Rate: To receive the Early Bird Rate, payment must be received in full by August 31, 2014.

    Participant Responsibilities

    Exam Eligibility: It is the responsibility of the participant to determine his or her eligibility to take the PHR and/or SPHR. For more information on eligibility requirements, please visit

    Certification Information

    If you have questions on the certification process or wish to register for the PHR or SPHR exam, please visit or call 800.283.7476.

    Refund Policy

    Registrants who cancel will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee plus the cost of materials if we receive written notification by September 23. No refunds will be issued after September 23, 2014.


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