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PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation


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Our PHR/SPHR certification preparation course is designed for individuals preparing for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam. This program highlights key topics pertaining to the HR body of knowledge that may be covered in the exam. Our certified experts will share effective test-taking strategies, practice sample test questions, and provide a holistic framework for understanding how information can be applied to the exam questions.

PHR Exam Content

SPHR Exam Content

Business Management

Leadership and Strategy

Talent Planning and Acquisition

Talent Planning and Acquisition

Learning and Development

Learning and Development

Total Rewards

Total Rewards

Employee and Labor Relations

Employee Relations and Engagement

In-Person & Virtual Classroom Options 

Whether you prefer to attend class from the convenience of your home/office, or want to attend class in an actual classroom, we have options for you. In-person and virtual classes cover the same content even though the duration of the class is different. The in-person classroom format has more back-and-forth conversation, which requires more class time than a controlled virtual classroom environment.

IN-PERSON Classroom Option

·    Includes access to BenchPrep, a robust online learning platform containing the study materials you will need to prepare for the PHR or SPHR exam.

·    (6) 2-hour in-person sessions, every other week, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

In-person is ideal if you:

a.     Prefer to attend classes with others at MRA

b.     Want to interact directly with others.

c.     Enjoy engaging in live discussions and activities to enhance learning.

d.     Require attending in person to help keep you accountable.

VIRTUAL Classroom Option

·    Includes access to BenchPrep, a robust online learning platform containing the study materials you will need to prepare for the PHR or SPHR exam.

·    (6) 1.5-hour virtual sessions, every other week, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (CST)

Virtual is ideal if you:

a.     Prefer to attend live virtual classes with others.

b.     Enjoy a faster pace.

c.     Prefer learning through “all things virtual.”

d.     Are self-directed to stay on track without having to attend in person.

Exam Information

  • Visit for detailed exam information and eligibility requirements.
  • HRCI Exam Discount: MRA members get a $50 discount on the SPHR or PHR exam fee when they use promo code MRA50.
  • You may re-attend MRA’s PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Program with our “Second Time Around” option if you:
    • Complete the preparation course;
    • Take the PHR/SPHR exam and are unsuccessful on your first exam attempt; and
    • Register for the next preparation course immediately following your initial class enrollment;
    • *If beginning preparation course in February, must attend the next course in August of same year. If beginning preparation course in August, must attend the next course in February of the next year. 
    • Contact or 262.696.3319 for more information.

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Program Details: PHR/SPHR Certification

Program Details

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Amy Wangerin
Amy Wangerin
Director, Learning & Development, Product Management

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