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HRM 0100-0101: Human Resource Management Certificate

Prepare for HR certification with the SHRM Learning System®

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SHRM, Society for Human Resource Management; Assess. Study. Discuss. Succeed. #1 PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Program

Human Resource Management Certificate Program Information Sessions

Now is a great time to earn your PHR or SPHR! Join us at an upcoming information session to learn about George Mason’s Human Resource Management certificate programs.

August 28, 2014
at George Mason’s Arlington Campus

5:30 p.m. Networking
6:00–7:00 p.m. Presentation and Q & A

RSVP: or 703-993-4805

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Certificate Completion Requirements
Who Should Attend
SHRM Learning System® Online
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PHR & SPHR Certification Information
Related HR Courses

In Partnership with SHRM (R) Society for Human Resource Management


If you’ve been planning to enhance your HR knowledge by earning your Professional Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation, now is the time to enroll in our updated and expanded HR Certification Institute exam preparation course based on the SHRM Learning System®.

Earn your PHR or SPHR this year and benefit from a smooth path to earn the new SHRM designation in 2015. Earn your PHR/SPHR today and become eligible for the new SHRM Certification free of charge in 2015!  SHRM (logo) Click here to learn more.

George Mason University offers the Human Resource Certificate Program in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The curriculum, designed by subject matter experts, covers the HR Certification Institute Body of Knowledge and includes application exercises that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills. The SHRM Learning System is the #1 PHR/SPHR certification preparation program that consistently helps professionals beat the national pass rate.

Set your sights on certification.

This intensive program is designed primarily for individuals seeking certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®). Click here to learn more about the PHR® and SPHR® certifications.

Advancing your career. For those not seeking certification, the SHRM Learning System course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist point of view, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core competencies and increase productivity.

This intensive program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System®, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track as you prepare for the exam. With our blended approach, you'll learn from printed workbooks, online tools, and a dynamic classroom experience.


Let us guide you to success.

Achieving major career goals is challenging and time consuming. But, the road to success is easier when an experienced guide provides a roadmap and keeps you on track. If your goal is HR certification, we’ll lead you to success. Our instructors focus on critical exam content, and our structured classroom environment accelerates learning and improves retention.

By attending our course, you will develop new knowledge and skills that will improve your workplace effectiveness immediately and prepare you to take the PHR® or SPHR® certification exam. By enrolling in our classroom based format, you also get the added benefit of:

  • A structured classroom environment that enhances learning and helps you stay on track
  • An experienced instructor to explain concepts and apply them to your industry
  • Opportunities to network and share real-world experiences with other HR professionals
  • Maximizing employer tuition assistance
  • Structured classes and course syllabus to keep you on schedule

In addition to being a powerful tool for PHR® or SPHR® certification preparation, this strategic course fosters professional advancement and builds confidence for managing HR challenges.

There's never been a better time to pursue your PHR® or SPHR® designation. With our blended approach, you'll learn from printed workbooks, online tools and a dynamic classroom experience. In addition, you can earn 3.6 continuing education units (CEUs) for completing this course.


  • Click here to download the registration form.
  • Register online*
  • *Full payment by Visa or Mastercard only required at the time of online registration.

    Please click here for online course dates.

    September 9-November 25, 2014 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 6:00 PM-9:15 PM
  • Location: HRN   Status: Open
  • Fee: $1245.00

  • September 9-November 25, 2014 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 6:00 PM-9:15 PM
  • Location: ALEX   Status: Open
  • Fee: $1245.00

  • September 10-December 3, 2014 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 6:00 PM-9:15 PM
  • Location: FFX   Status: Open
  • Fee: $1245.00

  • September 16-December 2, 2014 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 6:00 PM-9:15 PM
  • Location: LDN   Status: Open
  • Fee: $1245.00

  • September 18-December 11, 2014 (Thursday)
  • Time: 6:00 PM-9:15 PM
  • Location: ARL   Status: Open
  • Fee: $1245.00

  • September 18-December 11, 2014 (Thursday)
  • Time: 6:00 PM-9:15 PM
  • Location: PW   Status: Open
  • Fee: $1245.00

  • October 11-November 22, 2014 (Saturday)
  • Time: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Location: ARL   Status: Open
  • Fee: $1245.00

  • CEUs
    Each seminar is recommended for:
  • 3.6 CEUs
  • 36 Contact Hours
  • Onsite Opportunity

    This course is also available on a contract basis and can be tailored to suit your organization's needs. Please contact us to discuss your onsite opportunity.

    Contact Info.
    Herndon Training Center at CIT
  • Online contact form
  • Address:
      George Mason University
    Office of Continuing Professional Education
      2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 400
      Herndon, VA 20170-4213
  • Telephone: 703-993-4800
  • Fax: 703-993-4811


    The most up-to-date learning modules
    The SHRM Learning System includes six modules covering the entire HR Certification Institute body of knowledge so you’ll learn everything you need for the PHR or SPHR exam. Modules were updated to reflect the new HR practice and legislation in the HR Certification Institute’s body of knowledge.

    1. Business Management and Strategy

    • Strategic role of HR in organizations
    • HR business management skills
    • Strategic Planning Process
    • Evaluating the internal/external environment
    • HR and the legislative and regulatory environment

    2014 SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Materials- In books and on computer

    2. Workforce Planning and Employment

    • Employee rights, privacy and consumer protection legislation
    • Organizational staffing requirements
    • Job analysis and documentation
    • Recruitment, flexible staffing, selection and retention

    3. Human Resource Development

    • Organizational development initiatives
    • Adult learning and motivation
    • Training and development
    • Talent and performance management

    4. Compensation and Benefits

    • Compensation structure and systems
    • Benefit programs (Government mandated, deferred comp plans, health care and other non-statutory benefits)
    • Compensation and benefits legislation
    • Evaluating compensation and benefits programs

    5. Employee and Labor Relations

    • Employee and labor relations legislation
    • Union organizing and collective bargaining
    • Unfair labor practices
    • Discipline and complaint resolution

    6. Risk Management

    • Organizational risk
    • Workplace safety, health, security and privacy
    • Risk management legislation

    The 2014 SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation is filled with unique features, including innovative SmartStudy tools that help streamline your study time and build confidence for passing the certification exam. Follow these steps to success:

  • ASSESS: Take the assessments to determine your current knowledge and gaps, with the results weighted against tested areas on the certification exam (PHR or SPHR).
  • STUDY: Use assessment results to identify your learning priorities, create your personal study plan, estimate study time and apply learned knowledge.
  • PASS: Complete the post-test and use other testing preparation tools to validate your learning and refine your study plan as you prepare to pass the exam.
  • SmartStudy is like having a compass pointing toward content you most need to study.

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    What is the SHRM Learning System?
    The SHRM Learning System provides the most comprehensive and effective PHR/SPHR training program through a blended format of printed workbooks, learning software, and web-based study tools. This easy-to-use system includes key elements that make it the most comprehensive product on the market.

    Whatever your learning style, you’ll find ways to test your knowledge and build confidence. Use our interactive case study, featuring real-life scenarios and questions, to apply your knowledge.

    2014 SHRM Learning System for PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation- Books  

      1. Printed Workbooks

      • Six print modules teach the HR Certification Institute body of knowledge tested in PHR and SPHR exams.
      • Printed glossary of terms and subject index for each module.
      • Easy-to-identify icons highlight key content and links to additional resources.
      • SPHR Preparation Book specifically designed for SPHR candidates.

      2. Online Learning Center

      • Quickstarts with guided overviews for each module highlight key topics.
      • Assessments that identify topics a participant already knows and those areas that require more time and attention.
      • More than 1,000 question practice tests for continually testing knowledge and comprehension.
      • Post-test that are weighted and balanced to mimic the scored PHR/SPHR exam; presented in the style and format used by the HR Certification Institute.

      3. Online Resource Center

      • eFlashcards with over 750 key terms-printed, online or audio.
      • Up-to-date legislative changes and new HR developments.
      • Test-taking strategies for approaching the HR Certification Institute exam and increasing success rates.
      • Downloadable audio and webcasts.
      • Ask-The-Expert section to ask follow-up questions to certified professionals.
      • A feedback feature that provides opportunities for program evaluations and suggestions.
      • Links to additional information cited in the modules.

      4. Mobile Study Tools

      Best of all, you can access the SHRM Learning System via your PC, laptop, your mobile device, or e-reader device making it easy to study wherever and whenever you have time. Maximize your downtime. Whether you have a long commute, business travel, or are waiting for an appointment, you can study whenever and wherever you choose with the SHRM Learning System.

        Laptop, smart phone, & tablet
      • More than 1,000 review questions.
      • Access to the Online Resource Center.
      • 100-question post-test that mirrors the HR Certification Institute certification exam.
      • Flashcards with over 750 glossary terms. Progress reports to measure your learning.

    Why should you choose the SHRM Learning System course?

    • Proven success: Professionals who use the SHRM Learning System to prepare for the PHR and SPHR exams consistently beat the national pass rate, year after year.

    • Complete training: The SHRM Learning System’s user-friendly content matches the HR Certification Institute body of knowledge on which the PHR/SPHR exams are based. In addition, this program includes more than 1,500 practice questions, an interactive case study, and a post-test that mirrors the certification exam.

    • Current topics: The program content is updated yearly and the Online Resource Center provides timely legislative changes and HR developments. By staying current, you can protect your organization from legal risk.

    • Competitive advantage: With the SHRM Learning System, you can meet all of your professional development goals while broadening your HR perspective. This tool can help you develop a generalist point of view, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen your understanding of core competencies and increase productivity.

    • Ongoing reference: Use the Learning System as a day-to-day operations manual, with answers to HR-challenges right at your fingertips.

    • Recertification: Earn up to 36 hours toward GPHR recertification and ensure your knowledge is current by using the SHRM Learning System for professional development if you are not using the system to prepare for certification.

    • Affordability: Save time and money in the long run by choosing a quality exam preparation program. The SHRM Learning System provides HR professionals with more content, tests, learning tools, and access to expert advice than any other PHR/SPHR exam preparation program. Group discounts, tuition reimbursement, and SHRM-sponsored scholarship can make your investment more affordable.

    • New Mobile Study Tools: The SHRM Learning System’s online study tools are more portable and convenient than ever! Access custom formatted online tests, flashcards, and resources using the browser on your iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre, Windows Mobile, or Google Android.

    The SHRM Advantage
    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit

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    Sample Certificate of Completion- Human Resource Management Certificate

    12 Week Classes - To receive a Certificate of Completion from George Mason University and SHRM, participants cannot have more than three absences. Participants also must complete the Assessment and Final exams PLUS all Module tests on online by the deadline specified by your instructor.

    7 Week Classes - To receive a Certificate of Completion from George Mason University and SHRM, participants cannot have more than one absence. Participants also must complete the Assessment and Final exams PLUS all Module tests on online by the deadline specified by your instructor.

    Online Classes - To receive a Certificate of Completion from George Mason University and SHRM, participants must complete the Assessment and Final exams PLUS all Module tests on online by the deadline specified by your instructor.

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    The course is designed for managers and staff in general management or human resource management positions:

    • HR professionals planning to take the PHR or SPHR certification exam
    • PHR professionals seeking to “upgrade” their certification to SPHR
    • GPHR professionals can earn 36 hours toward recertification (if you are already certified and are using the SHRM Learning System for professional development)
    • HR practitioners seeking professional development to advance their careers
    • Experienced managers who are new to the HR field
    • Other mid-level managers pursuing a career change or promotion

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    Please click here for information about the SHRM Learning System® online.

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    Please click here to download the PDF brochure for the Human Resource Management program.

    This brochure and the registration form for this course require Adobe Reader. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

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    To better serve our students, George Mason University requires all HR Certificate instructors to be SPHR® certified and they must retake the SPHR® exam every three years.

    Please click here for a list of our human resource instructors.

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    • “This course surpassed my expectations. I believe the knowledge I obtained will help me in my daily job as HR Manager – I also feel more confident to take the PHR exam.”
    • “This course expanded my knowledge and understanding of HR information, rules, regulations, procedures and best practices.”
    • “Excellent course – offered many tools for learning and enhancing skills.”
    • “[This course] has helped me to be a better HR manager.”
    • “All HR representatives should be required to take this course.”
    • “Will recommend to HR staff!”
    • “[This course provided] great exposure to areas of HR you might not encounter in your work environment.”
    • "I would recommend this course to anyone I know. It was truly phenomenal."
    • "Never even wanted to miss a class because I knew I would get so much information."
    • "Provided in-depth knowledge on so many angles that I have not worked with yet."
    • "This course met and exceeded my expectations. The material was clear and communicated well."
    • "Course exceeded my expectations! Very thorough and it was like a summary of key points from my undergraduate and graduate degrees in HR."
    • "I was able to use the information right away in some areas of that were being questioned in my employment."
    • "The course provided a lot of great information I will use on the job. I feel that it prepared me adequately for the PHR exam."
    • "I have gained more knowledge and confidence to perform the essential functions of an HR manager function."
    • "This class exceeded my expectations in every way."
    • "Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!"
    • "By taking this course, I feel I have gained valuable HR insight not only from the materials but also from the instructor and fellow HR professionals. I feel the content and how it was taught to us will prove valuable upon taking the exam."

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    PHR® and SPHR® certification exams are administered by the HR Certification Institute. Please note that university course fees are separate from HR Certification Institute examination fees. Contact HR Certification Institute at for certification exam information, requirements to sit for the exam, exam registration, and exam fees.

    All certification testing is computer-based and conducted at the 250 Prometric Test Centers around the country. For best results, schedule your certification exam for a date that is after the end of your particular class section. For information on the exam and how to register, visit

    While no single course of study guarantees success on the HR Certification Institute examinations, thousands of individuals have used the SHRM Learning System® to effectively prepare for the exams.

    PHR/SPHR Test Dates To avoid a late fee, register for your exam by:
    Dec. 1, 2014 – Jan.31, 2015 Early October, 2014

    If you have any further questions regarding the PHR® or SPHR® exams, please visit, call HR Certification Institute at 866-898-4724, or send an e-mail to

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