PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

Prepare for the nationally recognized Professional Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute or obtain re-certification credit. 

A Partner in Preparation

Earning PHR or SPHR designation upgrades your knowledge and skills and makes you more a more valuable employee. But it's not easy - according to the HR Certification Institute, only 54 percent of exam takers passed the PHR exam on their first attempt in the November 2015 -January 2016 test period. 53 percent of first time test-takers passed the SPHR exam during the same period. A structured learning environment and access to instructors with decades of HR and teaching experience can help you be a success story.

Our Certification Preparation classes will provide methods for the best ways to study and prepare for the exam. Sessions cover all six HR knowledge areas:

  • Business Management & Strategy
  • Workforce Planning & Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Employee & Labor Relations
  • Risk Management

Certification Prerequisite

You must have a minimum of two years of exempt-level experience to sit for the PHR test if you have a bachelor's degree. SPHR exam requirements include five years of exempt experience if you have a bachelor’s degree. For additional exam information, including exam fees, visit

To earn the PHR/SPHR Certificate from UNLV you must be enrolled in the certificate application course 73CP9999C.

Please plan to attend an orientation session, where instructors will distribute course materials and schedules, review the exam application, and discuss your first assignment.


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