SHRM Learning System Course

This 36-hour course is intended primarily for individuals who desire HR certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  The content provides practical, “real-world” information about each of the major functional areas of human resource management as well as recent legislative changes affecting today’s HR professional.  This course is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and leverages the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation.  Year after year, professionals who use the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation to prepare for certification exams consistently surpass the national pass rate.

In addition to its benefit as a certification preparation “tool”, this program will help participants develop a generalist point of view, refresh key ideas and concepts, and strengthen their understanding of core human resource competencies.  Long after this course is over, the course materials will serve as a valuable day-to-day operations manual.

Who should enroll in this course:
This 12-week program is designed for managers and staff in general management or humanresoucre management positions. It will be of particular benefit to the following:

  • HR professionals planning to take the PHR or SPHR certification exam
  • PHR professionals seeking to "upgrade" their certification to SPHR
  • Certified HR professionals needing credits for PHR/SPHR recertification
  • Experienced managers who are new to the HR field
  • Other mid-level managers pursuing a career change or promotion

By enrolling in this course, you will benefit from:

  • An experienced instructor who will present content in an easy-to-understand format
  • Interaction and networking with peers
  • A dynamic classroom environment that enhances learning
  • Classroom expectations and assignments that help you stay on track

Karen Smith, Esq., SPHR, is the instructor for this course.  Ms. Smith is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at Square One. She received her BSBA with a specialization in Human Resources and Labor Relations from The Ohio State University and was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from the Western New England University School of Law. She has been SPHR certified since 2002.  Karen has taught SPHR study classes for ten years, and effectively leverages her extensive background in HR consulting and training to provide a relevant and engaging classroom experience.

Includes thirty six hours of classroom instruction, the SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certifcation Preparation modules, online learning center, access to the Online Resource Center, and instructor handouts.

Section: CMED N042-001
Instructor: Karen Smith
Dates: Feb. 26, 2015 - May 14, 2015
Time: Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Square One building, Springfield MA
Cost: $1200

Registration and Application Information
To register for classes, download the Registration Form or call Community Education at (413) 572-8033.