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PHR - SPHR Certification Prep Class - Online

Course Description

Are you ready to earn your PHR® or SPHR® human resources certification credential? Inside Insights' fully online, instructor-led PHR/SPHR certification prep course is designed to help you get prepared to do just that! The course includes expert instruction from a professional instructor, encompassing key exam content areas and helpful test-taking strategies and tips, along with a current, comprehensive exam prep study guide and other materials designed specifically for the PHR and SPHR exams. Click here for registration details about our next class.

Online PHR/SPHR Prep Class Details

Inside Insights’ online certification prep class for the PHR and SPHR exams includes 12, 3-hour live online class meetings, which participants will attend via web browser in conjunction with speaker/headphones or telephone. For student convenience, sessions are recorded and available during the term and for 6 months following the conclusion of the class.

Course Content

Our PHR/SPHR exam prep course provides professional instruction covering each of the functional areas included on both the PHR and SPHR exams (listed below). Consistent with PHR and SPHR exam parameters, this course emphasizes U.S. employment law. It covers a wide range of HR best practices and requirements in the context of the U.S. legal and regulatory environment.

  • Business Management

  • Talent Planning and Acquisition

  • Learning and Development

  • Total Rewards

  • Employee and Labor Relations

  • Leadership & Strategy

  • Employee Relations and Engagement

PHR/SPHR Course Materials

The course is taught using current, comprehensive HRCP exam prep materials designed to cover the Human Resources Certification Institute® (HRCI®) Exam Content Outlines for both the PHR and SPHR exams. This course is scheduled for the recommended number of hours (36) to fully cover the materials and exam content outline. To prepare for the exam, students will need to attend class and complete additional study via the course materials, which include practice exams, flash cards, and other instructional resources designed to enhance learning and prepare participants for the PHR and SPHR exams. Materials are included with the course. Students can choose the full HRCP package (print and online) or opt for print-only or online-only materials. Students will have access to the online portion of the HRCP materials for 24 months.

Expert HR Certification Instructor


The class will be taught by Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, an experienced professional trainer with significant experience teaching HR certification prep courses, including PHR/SPHR, APHR, and SHRM-CP/SCP. She has extensive HR training, consulting, and speaking experience, including extensive in-person and online teaching experience in corporate training and college/university settings. 

How to Get a PHR or SPHR Certification

Wondering what you need to do to earn your PHR or SPHR certification?

Becoming a PHR or SPHR certified HR professional requires meeting eligibility requirements and passing a comprehensive exam that covers an extensive exam content outline. Attending an exam prep course can be the best way to prepare to pass the exam.

Exam Details

  • The exam fee is not included in the class. You are responsible for scheduling and paying for your exam separately.

  • See HRCI for exam fees.

PHR/SPHR Eligibility Requirements

Both PHR and SPHR certifications are intended for experienced HR professionals. Not sure if you are eligible for the exam? Requirements are:

  • HS diploma or some college: Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position

  • Bachelor’s degree: Have at least two years of experience in a professional-level HR position

  • Master's degree: Have at least one year of experience in a professional-level HR position


If you do not have the required level of experience to sit for the PHR or SPHR exam, consider enrolling in our aPHR exam prep course instead.

Our public PHR/SPHR class is delivered in an instructor-led online format with access to recordings of the live class.

See our schedule for details about our next class or to register.

Questions and More Information 

If you'd like to be notified when additional public classes are added or if you're interested in scheduling a private online or in-person class for your company, organization, or group, please contact us at

The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product. The red-and-purple HR design, HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE, PHR, SPHR, and aPHR are trademarks of registered trademarks of Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Used Under License.

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