Earning a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) certification from the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) is a career milestone for an HR professional. Certification can be a deciding factor when an individual is being considered for an internal promotion or a position with a new employer. It can also be instrumental in helping you to expand your knowledge base. Certification attests to the investment you have made in your HR career. Partner with Employers Council to study for the PHR® or SPHR® Certification test in one of our custom preparation program.

Employers Council Study Program Resources

  • Comprehensive study materials from Distinctive HR®, updated to reflect changes in the new test format
  • Class discussion and exercises
  • Special SPHR review session
  • Practice test questions
  • Instructor tips on how to take the HRCI® exams
  • Certified and experienced instructors
  • Employers Council members also have access to other on-line HR-related data bases

Special SPHR Study Session

A special half-day review session will include additional quiz questions and discussion designed specifically for SPHR candidates. This session will focus on course content and the question style unique to the SPHR exam and is open to participants in any of the current study programs at no additional charge.

Professional Instructor Credentials

Our experienced human resources professionals and employment law attorneys have achieved their PHR® or SPHR® certification and will share their knowledge of the HRCI® exams with you. You will work with a variety of professional instructors who are all subject matter experts and use an assortment of different teaching techniques to enhance your learning experience.

Reported Pass Rates for 2019

Certification                                                        Employers Council      National Average

Professional in Human Resources (PHR):                     89%                                         59%

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR):     90%                                         57%

Certificate Eligibility

The PHR® and SPHR® examinations are administered by the HR Certification Institute®. The Employers Council registration fee includes all study program materials but does not include HR Certification Institute’s® application or examination fees. For more exam information, eligibility requirements, or to apply to sit for any exam, please visit the HR Certification Institute® website at HRCI.org or call 866.898.4725. It is recommended to the student to verify their eligibility to take the exam prior to registering for this class.

Once you earn your certification, we have a large number of classes​ you can take to keep your certification active by earning the credits you need.

Study Programs for PHR and SPHR Candidates

All study programs for the PHR and SPHR Certification include comprehensive study materials, class discussion, exercises, and practice tests. Instructors, who are certified, will provide test-taking tips and exam preparation recommendations.


This is one of a few Employers Council classes available to non-members for a higher fee.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations between receipt of program materials and the first class will result in a non-refundable material fee. Cancellations after the first class will be charged the full class fee.


Course ID #HR120

Class Details

There are no scheduled instances of this class for the remainder of the year. Check out our new course catalog this fall, or click below to explore onsite options.

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