Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Human Resources Certification: PHR-SPHR

Gain a Professional Edge.  Prepare for HR Certification.

This intensive 12 week program offered by St. Cloud State University is designed primarily for individuals seeking the most sought-after HR certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)


The curriculum covers the HR Certification Institute® body of knowledge and includes application exercises that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills. We offer this program in partnership with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) utilizing the SHRM Learning System.  The SHRM Learning system is the #1 PHR/SPHR certification preparation program and combined with this 12-week program our participant pass rate consistently exceeds the national average pass rates for certification.  See what participants have to say - Course Testimonial.


By attending our course, you’ll benefit from:

  • An experienced, certified instructor
  • The SHRM Learning System, ranked the #1 certification prep tool
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers
  • Tuition reimbursement and 36 hours of training (CEU's)SHRM LS CU webpage image

This course includes the SHRM Learning System, but does not cover registration for the PHR or SPHR examinations.

For information on eligibility for the PHR or SPHR certification, testing dates, and testing fees see the 2013 Certification Policies and Procedures Handbook.



Exam Application Process

Five Steps to Certification

  1. Take the online assessment exams to determine whether you are a PHR, SPHR or GPHR candidate.
  2. Log on to to register and pay for the chosen certification exam. Schedule your appointment after receiving notification that you are eligible to take the exam.   
  3. Decide on your study methods and chart out your course of study.
  4. Take the exam.  Locate a test site at
  5. Maintain your certification by earning 60 recertification credits over three years or retaking the exam.

2014 Exam Deadlines 

  Testing Dates  Applications Accepted Late Applications Accepted*

05-01-14 to 06-30-14

12-01-14 to 01-31-15


01-22-14 to 03-19-14

Check back in May 2014


03-20-14 to 04-23-14

Check back in May 2014


*A $75.00 late fee is applied to all applications submitted during this time. 


Ways to Pay:

  • Military Spouse Grant (PDF) - MyCAA Funding for Military Spouses
  • Tuition Reimbursement - Now is the best time to secure your future through training — and your employer can help. If your company offers tuition reimbursement, you can expand your HR knowledge, skills, and credentials and have your employer pay the bill!
  • Dislocated Worker funds
  • Check or credit card

Meet the Presenter: Mardi Noyes

Course Testimonial

Program Details:

When:   Most Mondays, February 3 - April 21, 2014 (next offering will be Fall 2014)

Times:   5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Mondays)

Where: SCSU Welcome Center

               355 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN  56301

               NOTE:  Free, convenient, secure indoor parking!


CMSHRM Scholarship:  $549 - Save $400 off the Early Bird Cost (hurry, only 4 registrations available)  Thank you CMSHRM!  Note:  CMSHRM Scholarships have all been awarded for this testing period.

Registration closes:  at 3:00 p.m. on January 31, 2014

Printable Flyer (PDF)


Online Registration - pay by credit card

* For Windows 8 users, please be aware there are two versions of Internet Explorer on your device - Metro and Desktop. To use our registration site, you must use the Desktop version of Internet Explorer, and not the Metro version. To start the Desktop version, click on or touch the Desktop tile on the Start screen. Then you will see the Internet Explorer icon in the task bar. This is the Desktop version which should be used for registration. If you are in Internet Explorer and the URL address is at the bottom of the screen, you are in the Metro version, should close it and open the desktop version following the instructions above.

Registration Form (PDF) - pay by check or purchase order

Payment Plan - spread your payments over 3 months

For more information please contact Tammy at

You may also be interested in our HR Essentials workshop being offered in Fall 2014.

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