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HR Certification Exam Study Group

DallasHR will hold a 10-week study group in Spring 2016 that prepares participants to take the existing certification exams for both HRCI (PHR, SPHR or GPHR) and SHRM certifications (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP). 

Tuesdays, March 1 - May 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The purpose of the HR Certification Study Group is to provide a high level overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish the goal of certification. This includes:
  • The Body of Knowledge required for each exam
  • The competencies that will be assessed on the exam
  • Test taking tips, strategies and practice examples
  • Available resources at different price points and detail to fit your personal needs
  • The opportunity to partner with others in this endeavor, sharing  knowledge, expertise and resources
Session Dates & Topics
March 1 Introduction to the Certification Process, Strategic Business Management - Part 1
March 8 Business Management & Strategy - Part 2
March 15 Human Resource Development | People & Organization
March 22 Workforce Planning & Employment | People, Organization & Workplace
March 29 Total Rewards - Part 1 | People, Organization & Workplace
April 5 Total Rewards - Part 2 | Risk Management, Workplace
April 12 Employee & Labor Relations | Organization & Workplace 
April 19  Review for HRCI Exam - Key terms and knowledge 
April 26  Review for SHRM Exam - Key terms, knowledge & competencies 
May 3  Wrap-Up | Test taking techniques, Q&A 


Q: Which certification does DallasHR recommend?
A: DallasHR supports both the SHRM and HRCI certifications for our members. The HRCI certifications build human resources knowledge and the SHRM certifications provide HR professionals with the competency to apply it. For more information, please visit

For more information on the SHRM certification, check out the SHRM Certification Handbook.

For more information on HRCI certification, check out the HRCI Certification Handbook and The Official PHR/SPHR Certification Guide.

Q: What materials are provided?
A: All of our facilitators create their own materials for each module. You are typically provided with PowerPoint presentations and/or additional supplemental study materials as each facilitator sees fit.

Q: What materials are recommended?
A: HRCI Exam – We have historically heard from past participants that investing in the PHR|SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide by Reed & Bogardus, using of the flash card system and participating in peer study groups were most influential in their success of passing the exam.

SHRM Exam – As a SHRM-affiliate chapter, DallasHR receives a significant discount on the SHRM Learning System. DallasHR extends this savings to those participating in our study group. Participants will be able to purchase the SHRM Learning System upon course registration for the discounted price of $475 (a savings of more than $220).  

Q: Who are the facilitators and what are their credentials?
A: All of our facilitators are HR professionals who hold an HRCI and/or SHRM certification. Additionally, many of them teach certification preparation courses at local colleges/universities.

Q: How do I get the materials from a session that I miss?
A: Following each session, the supporting study materials are emailed to individuals who have missed the session at the address provided during registration.

Q: How do I sign up to take the HR Certification Exams?
A: There are two recognized organizations that facilitate certification exams. Visit for information on testing windows and scheduling or click here for more information about the PHR or SPHR.  Visit for information on testing windows and scheduling or click here for more information about the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. 

Q: Can we receive recertification credits for participating in this course?
A: No, recertification credits are not available for this course.

Q: How does the study group differ from the university programs?
A: The study group meets for ten weeks but the total class time is less than that experienced in the university programs. It offers a structured learning experience that helps keep you on track. The study group is ideal for HR professionals that have a limited budget and feel comfortable in a self-study environment with the option of partnering with other HR professionals in their area. 


Payment is due with registration. No POs or requests for invoicing can be honored. Checks should be made payable and mailed (to be received no later than Friday, February 26) to: 

5001 LBJ Fwy Ste 800
Dallas, TX 75244
214.631.4533 - Fax

IMPORTANT: Advance registrations are strongly recommended. Due to limited room capacity, we cannot guarantee seating for onsite registrants. To receive cancellation credit, your written request must be received at DallasHR no later than Friday, February 26. There will be no refund if cancellation is received after Friday, February 26.

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Meeting Details


DallasHR | Heritage Square II
(Argosy University Bldg.)
5001 LBJ Freeway, Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75244

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