Professionals In Human Resources Association

California PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation Program

Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), this course helps prepare individuals for the bi-annual California Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification exams by providing a comprehensive review of the HR body of knowledge by a carefully chosen SPHR® instructor using the official SHRM Learning System®.

If you’ve already earned your Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, now is the time to take it one step further by earning your California-specific certification. Brandman University has been authorized to offer the preparation for this certification exam in a short, 15-hour review course.

In the Spring of 2007, HRCI launched the first ever certification exam based on California laws and regulations. This new certification will help ensure that HR professionals have the means to demonstrate their knowledge of the state’s unique employment laws. The certification was developed by HRCI with significant assistance by the California State Council of SHRM and many other subject matter experts in California.

The SHRM California Learning System was created to provide a comprehensive study resource for the HRCI California certification exam. It teaches key topics, terms, leading principles, and practical examples. The four modules are based on the functional areas of the California certification exam:

  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Leaves of Absence and Workers Compensation
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations

You must hold a current PHR or SPHR Certification in order to register for or be eligible to take the California-specific exam

HRCI Certifcation Information

Program Options

Online in Partnership with NCHRA

In Partnership with Brandman University

Testing Window

The testing windows for this certification are comprised of the first month only of the testing windows for the full certification exams (May and December), but are also in a computer-based format and proctored at various Thomson Prometric Testing Centers.

Important Links

SHRM Website
HR Certification Institute
HRCI Certification
New minimum testing requirements
Testing schedules and fees
Thompson Prometric Testing Centers


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