Professional in Human Resources Certificate Program

DePaul University

DePaul University


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Who should attend

  • HR professionals planning to take the PHR® or SPHR® certification exams
  • PHR® professionals seeking to "upgrade" their certification to SPHR®
  • HR practitioners seeking professional development to advance their careers

About the course

The Professional in Human Resources Certificate Program is a rigorous program designed primarily for experienced HR professionals seeking certification as a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) from the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For those just beginning a career in human resources, DePaul’s Foundations in Human Resources Certificate Program will introduce you to the functions of an early HR career and prepare you for HRCI’s Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) certification exam.

For 20 years, DePaul University has helped thousands of Human Resources (HR) professionals successfully prepare for the PHR® and SPHR® certification exam. The program teaches the knowledge required of todays’ HR professionals as outlined in HRCI’s 2018 PHR® Exam Content Outline and 2018 SPHR® Content Outline. While DePaul cannot guarantee a passing score on the exam(s), the pass rate of professionals who have taken our program is typically better than the national average.

This strategic course supports career advancement by building confidence for managing HR challenges. You will benefit from learning from instructors who are experienced certified practitioners and networking with other HR professionals. After successfully completing the program, you'll receive a certificate from DePaul University as well as up to 3.6 continuing education units (CEUs).


  • Develop the knowledge and skills to improve your on-the-job effectiveness
  • Prepare for the PHR®/SPHR® certification exam
  • Recognize your areas of strength to build upon
  • Identify gaps in your knowledge and experience for further concentrated study


The program provides an in-depth study of key areas in human resource management. The course will cover the PHR and SPHR exam content that correspond to the functional areas, responsibilities and associated knowledge defined by the HRCI:

Business Management

  • Organization information
  • Business environment
  • Decision making
  • Avoiding risk

Leadership and Strategy

  • Leading the HR function
  • Developing a HR strategy
  • Organizational strategy
  • Influencing people management practices
  • Monitoring risk

Talent Planning and Acquisition

  • Identifying, attracting, and employing talent
  • Federal laws related to the hiring process
  • Forecasting organizational talent needs
  • Developing strategies to attract and engage new talent

Learning and Development

  • Contributing to the organization’s learning and development activities
  • Implementing and evaluating programs
  • Providing internal consultation, and providing data
  • Developing training, development, and employee retention strategies
  • Total Rewards
  • Implementing, promoting, and managing compensation and benefit programs in compliance with federal laws
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of compensation and benefit strategies for attracting, rewarding, and retaining talent

Employee and Labor Relations

  • Managing, monitoring, and/or promoting legally compliant programs and policies that impact the employee experience throughout the employee lifecycle

Employee Relations and Engagement

  • Developing and/or monitoring strategies impacting employee satisfaction and performance including diversity and inclusion, safety, security, and labor strategies

Total Rewards

  • Monitor the effectiveness of compensation and benefit strategies
  • Implement and promote awareness of non-cash rewards
  • Implement benefit programs
  • Administer federally compliant compensation and benefit programs


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