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HR Certification Exam Study Group

DallasHR will hold a 10-week study group in Spring 2017 that prepares participants to take the existing certification exams for both HRCI (PHR, SPHR or GPHR) and SHRM certifications (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP). 

First Class:
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All following classes:
March 7 - May 2, 2017
Tuesday Evenings
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
Topics covered throughout the course:
  • Certification Process Overview
  • Strategy
  • HR Development
  • Workforce Planning & Employment
  • Total Rewards | Compensation
  • Total Rewards | Benefits
  • Employee & Labor Relations
  • Risk Management
March 1 Introduction & Strategy
Please Note: Our first class is Wednesday, March 1st. All subsequent classes will be held on Tuesdays.
March 7 Business Management & Strategy
March 14 Employee & Labor Relations
March 21 Workforce Planning & Employment
March 28 Human Resources Development 
April 4 Risk Management
April 11 Past Exam Participant Panel
April 18  Total Rewards: Compensation
April 25 Total Rewards: Benefits
May 2 Review
*As of 02.03.17 Topics may change during the course


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 provided that we have at least 5 interested. Contact for additional details and to purchase.

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 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 24) 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 24. There will be no refund if cancellation is received after Friday, February 24. Purchase of the SHRM Learning Materials with your registration are non-refundable.

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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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Members $275.00
Registration includes handouts and instruction for all sessions.

If interested in purchasing the optional SHRM Learning System at discounted group rate, contact


If you are not yet a DallasHR member, you can create a profile that will enable you to register and pay online.