Why Get a Professional in Human Resources Certification?

Human capital is the single most important asset in any business and human resources professionals are charged with protecting these assets.

01Strong Professional Profile

The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam if offered by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). According to Payscale.com, those who have PHR certification get promoted faster and can have a median salary up to $20,000 higher than those who do not.

02Better Job Prospects

Becoming a certified Professional in Human Resources demonstrates that you fully understand the "functional areas" of a human resources department, including business management, talent planning, acquisition and employee and labor relations.

03Build Industry Knowledge

The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification is one of the most widely known and most respected credentials in the field of human resources. It is also a requirement by most employers before you will be considered for higher level human resources roles.

What You'll Learn

This course will fully prepare you to take and pass the Professional in Human Resources certification from HRCI. You will:

Understand human resources practices, valuable skills related to recruitment and training
Gain foundational knowledge of employment laws and regulations
Develop retention initiatives and best practices for strategic decision making
Be prepared to take the HRCI's Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam
Learn what it takes to create a high-performing workplace
Understand staffing strategies at a global scale and how cultural differences impact HR practices

Career Outlook:
Human Resources Professionals


The Bureau of Labor statistics estimates a 5% job growth for human resources specialists and a slightly higher rate of growth for those in management roles. This will equal an additional 33,000 job openings over the next 8 years.

Potential Earnings

The median salary for those in a human resources specialist position is nearly $62,000 with top earners making more than $105,000 annually.

Course Outline

You will have six months of course access to train for the PHR exams.

    Learn about opportunities in the HR field and the skills you will need for success.
    Learn how to create compelling vision and mission statements, policies, and metrics grounded in business strategy.
    Understand how to write a job ad that will attract candidates, effectively review résumés, properly prepare for an interview, and formally make a job offer.
    Learn the basics of training including the design, development, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of training programs.
100% Online

You will have six months of course access to train for the PHR exams.

Meet the Instructor
Anna Smith

Anna Smith has worked in the field of human resources for 30 years and has taught at university level for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Spalding University, a master's degree in management from Webster University, and a Master Online Teaching certificate from the University of Illinois. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Her experience spans many areas of human resources including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans.

Building Community

This training program is delivered to the San Antonio community through a partnership with Ed2Go.

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