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Human resource management
At University of Phoenix, we offer a variety of instructor-led online courses and programs to serve your educational needs at various phases of your career as a human resource (HR) professional. Whether you are seeking PHR®/SPHR® (HRCI) certification or just entering the HR profession, our advisors will help find the path that’s right for you.
Human Resources certificate programs
When you need to develop HR skills to help boost job performance or pursue career opportunities, consider our Human Resource certificate programs. Our certificates are aligned with the standards of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) and may be completed in as few as six to eight months each.
For those looking to develop or strengthen basic HR skills and knowledge, we offer an undergraduate Human Resource Management Certificate that covers foundational concepts and day-to-day issues.
Our Graduate Human Resource Management Certificate is designed for HR management professionals who have a fundamental knowledge of HR practices and want to develop higher-level skills for leading an organization.
Ask about our StackTrack® program if you are interested in securing a Human Resource Management Certificate on your way to earning a degree.
Graduate Mediation Certificate
Our Graduate Mediation Certificate helps HR professionals learn how to approach conflict and maintain objectivity as a neutral facilitator of the mediation process. The program surveys the various types of dispute resolution and addresses the key issues and current research in mediation.
Strategic Human Resources Professional Certificate Program (Noncredit)
To help you stay current in your present HR role and enhance your career, this noncredit, instructor-led online certificate program focuses on leading-edge topics. Strategic Human Resources Professional Certificate Program (Noncredit) was designed with a mid-level HR professional in mind, as defined by the SHRM HR Competency Model. The program can be completed in as little as eight weeks and includes electives that can be tailored to your unique needs. Topics cover current employment law, new compensation and benefits trends, proven business integration strategies and talent acquisition. Continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded upon completion.
PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation Course
Our PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course covers the body of HR knowledge that will help you prepare for the PHR and SPHR exams given by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). This test-prep course will help you identify areas of strength and those areas that need more focus in preparing for the exam.
Consider our Strategic Human Resources Professional Certificate Program (noncredit) and our PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course to stay informed of current HR topics while preparing for the PHR/SPHR certification exam.
Professional development courses
Deepen your understanding of current HR topics and skills, such as diversity, wellness, interviewing and coaching, with our instructor-led online courses. These noncredit professional development courses award the necessary CEUs that may help you satisfy the recertification requirements of PHR/SPHR certification.
Ready to take the next step? Call an advisor at 866.484.1815, or request more information here.
Why earn a certificate or get certified? Find out below, then talk to an advisor to get started.
Why get HR certification?
Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) are globally recognized industry certifications that can help validate your skills and knowledge and take you further in your career. Consider getting certified to:
- Stay current within your profession.
- Demonstrate commitment to your profession and mastery of core HR principles.
- Set yourself apart in the job market.
University of Phoenix offers a PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course that covers the body of knowledge needed to sit for the exams.
Why earn a for-credit HR certificate?
Our credit-bearing HR certificate programs are designed for seasoned and aspiring HR professionals who want to develop or reinforce their knowledge of HR concepts and practices, as well as those interested in earning PHR/SPHR certification.
The undergraduate Human Resource Management Certificate is for students who are seeking to develop or strengthen their basic knowledge of HR practices.
Our Graduate Human Resource Management Certificate is ideal for experienced HR professionals who want to build on their foundational knowledge with skills that will help them get ahead.
Ask an advisor about our StackTrack® program if you are interested in earning a Human Resource Management Certificate en route to earning a degree.
Why earn a Graduate Mediation Certificate?
The Graduate Mediation Certificate program is designed to give students an overview of mediation practice and teach them to approach conflicts with a “mediation mind-set.”
Why earn a noncredit HR certificate?
With their increasingly strategic role, human resource professionals need to stay more informed than ever on emerging HR topics and issues. Our Strategic Human Resources Professional Certificate Program (Noncredit) explores those areas where HR and business objectives overlap, within the context of current HR topics. This noncredit program provides a quick and convenient way to earn CEUs that may apply to PHR/SPHR recertification requirements while building marketability in your field.
Why take for-credit individual courses or noncredit professional development courses?
The HR landscape is constantly changing. Continuing your education can help you expand your HR skills, stay knowledgeable on key HR topics and maintain your PHR/SPHR certification by earning CEUs.
Take the next step in your career. Find out more, or call 866.484.1815 and talk with an advisor who can guide you to the best education solution for you.
No matter where you are in your HR career, University of Phoenix Continuing Education offers an education path within an instructor-led online classroom environment. Explore our HR courses and certificates.
Ideal for students with fewer than three years of work experience in HR.
- HR fundamentals
- Employment law
- Employee development
- Risk management
- Strategic management
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Ideal for students with more than three years of work experience in HR.
- Ethics and employment law
- Compensation, rewards and recognition
- HR management
- Organizational management
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Ideal for experienced HR professionals who want to stay current on the newest trends in HR.
- Current employment law
- Compensation and benefits
- Business integrations strategies
- Employee and labor relations
- Talent acquisition and development
This instructor-led online program can be completed in as little as eight weeks, allowing quick application of new HR concepts and skills in the workplace. Tuition for this noncredit certificate program is $2,000, and four CEUs are awarded upon completion.
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Ideal for the HR professional who is working toward earning a PHR/SPHR certification.
This test-prep course covers the body of knowledge needed to sit for the PHR and SPHR exams. The content of this course is an effective complement to our certificate programs. Tuition for this course is $1,400.
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If you complete the PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation course, but don’t pass the PHR/SPHR exam, you may repeat the prep course within 365 days of the original start date of the course. Refer to Resources for more details about our free retake policy.
Ideal for HR professionals and HRCI-certified individuals who want to deepen their knowledge of current HR topics and earn CEUs for recertification. These instructor-led online courses take little time to complete and start at $250 per course.
Ready to take the next step? Our advisors are ready to help you get started, or you can call us at 886.484.1815.
Here are some important things to know about getting your human resource certification.
To sit for the PHR® exam,* in the past HRCI has required one of the following:
- A master’s degree or higher plus one year of exempt-level HR experience
- A bachelor’s degree plus two years of exempt-level HR experience
- A high school diploma plus four years of exempt-level HR experience
To sit for the SPHR® exam,* the exam for the more experienced HR professional, historically HRCI has required one of the following:
- A master’s degree or higher plus four years exempt-level HR experience
- A bachelor’s degree plus five years of exempt-level HR experience
- A high school diploma plus seven years of exempt-level HR experience
The exam is usually only offered at HR Certification Institute-approved testing centers. This computer-based exam has consisted of multiple-choice questions. Find a location near you.
You can prepare for the test by taking our PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course, which covers the knowledge needed for the exam.
Ready to enhance your career in HR? Get started here, or call 866.484.1815 to talk with an advisor who can guide you to the best education solution for you.
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Choosing the correct certificate depends upon a few factors.
Pursuing a degree?
- If you do not plan to earn an academic degree, the Strategic Human Resources Professional Certificate Program (noncredit) is a quick and convenient way to get an overview of the HR landscape and learn about current topics within the context of business.
- If you are considering a degree, you have the option to complete a for-credit Human Resource Management Certificate en route to earning a degree.
- If you have a degree and an interest in gaining an understanding of human resource issues and best practices, the noncredit certificate program is a convenient way to increase knowledge of human resource management with minimal time commitment.
Need financial aid?
- Only for-credit HR certificates qualify for financial aid.
- Typically our for-credit certificate programs can be completed in six to eight months.
- Our noncredit certificate program can be completed in as little as eight weeks.
Seeking HRCI PHR/SPHR certification?
- Our for-credit certificate programs are aligned to the standards as set forth by SHRM.
- Our PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course complements our certificate programs and covers the body of knowledge to help prepare you to sit for the PHR/SPHR certification exams.
PHR and SPHR certifications are industry-recognized designations that demonstrate a predefined level of experience, education and competency in the HR field. PHR/SPHR certification is granted only by Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). Our for-credit certificate programs offered by University of Phoenix are aligned to the body of knowledge needed to become certified by HRCI and also help students build their knowledge of HR concepts.
The comparative topic areas for each exam are outlined in the table below.
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In the past, HRCI has cited a requirement to demonstrate that at least 51 percent of your activities are in the HR function or that you are the direct supervisor of those who deliver HR services. For the more current requirements, consult HRCI.
HR certifications are valid for three years. Recertification requires 60 credit hours of continuing education HR-related courses. Our noncredit professional development courses can help you satisfy this requirement.
Yes. Our goal is to provide you with all the tools and knowledge you’ll need to succeed. In the unlikely event that you don’t pass the exam, we have a free retake policy that allows you to repeat the PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course at no additional tuition cost.
To qualify, you must have successfully completed this PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course but not passed the associated certification exam. Before being allowed to retake the course, you must provide an official copy of the exam result. You must retake the course within 365 days of the original start date of the test-prep course.
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All noncredit certificate programs are not credit-bearing and are not eligible for financial aid. All for-credit certificate programs are credit-bearing, and many are eligible for federal financial aid for students who quality.
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