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SPHR/PHR Certification: Preparation Course

UC Davis Extension students have attained 100 percent passage rate for both the SPHR and PHR certification examinations!

If you've been planning to earn your Professional Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation, now is the time to enroll in this updated and expanded Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) exam preparation course based on the SHRM Learning System.

Many human resource professionals find they have a professional edge after passing the national Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exams offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute. Prepare yourself for the exam as you examine strategic management practices, workforce planning and employment, total rewards, compensation and benefits, human resource development, employee and labor relations, occupational health, safety, security and risk management.

Expect to spend eight to 10 hours of study time per week in addition to classroom time in order to successfully complete the national certification exam. Enrollment two weeks before the start date is highly recommended to ensure that your course materials are available at the first session. There are no refunds for course materials that have been opened. For more information about certification, or recertification, visit the HRCI website at

Eligibility requirements

Minimum criteria for taking the PHR exam are:

  • 1 year of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Master's degree or higher
  • 2 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Bachelor's degree
  • 4 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

Minimum criteria for taking the SPHR exam are:

  • 4 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Master's degree or higher
  • 5 years of demonstrated professional (exempt) HR experience with a Bachelor's degree
  • 7 years of demonstrated professional (exempt experience with less than a Bachelor's degree

Learn more about our SPHR/PHR Certification: Preparation Course.


A combination of demonstrated work experience and education. Visit or contact us at (530) 757-8895 for specific details.


Nancy Allardyce, SPHR-CA, has more than 22 years of experience as a human resources professional, with 10 years of HR consulting experience. She is owner and principal consultant of Allardyce Resources, LLC, and a seasoned public speaker. She has been an instructor with UC Davis Extension for more than 10 years, helping HR professionals prepare to test for their national HR certification. She is also an active member of the national SHRM organization, the California NCHRA as well as former board member for the local American Society of Training and Development.


Aug. 28-Nov. 20: Thurs., 6-9 p.m.

Technical requirements:

Certain elements of this class will be conducted online. You must have a computer with access to the Internet and an email account in order to complete this course. If you plan to access an online course using an iPad, iPod or an iPhone there are a variety of Flash web browsers available in the App Store that can enable your iPad/iPod/iPhone to view Flash content.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA




$1,350.00 ($1,425.00 if postmarked after 08/14/2014) Includes official SHRM Learning materials. A non-refundable fee of $500.00 will apply if materials are opened.

Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.


3 quarter units academic credit, X424.33




Enrollment policies:

The tuition for this course includes the SHRM© Learning System materials. Once the course materials have been opened we can not issue a refund so please be sure you are going to continue in the course before opening the materials.




"I highly recommend this course for those seeking HR certification. This class provides the tools needed to understand the HR concepts and principles to successfully pass the exam. Nancy Allardyce is such a knowledgeable instructor and takes tremendous care to ensure students understand these important concepts. The examples discussued helped a great deal to solidify our understanding of the materials."

Jessica Rivera Mirabile

"The UC Davis Extension program was very helpful in obtaining HR certification. I also had the opportunity to share and learn from other HR professionals in the greater Sacramento area. The classes were at a convenient time and location, which was really important to balancing my continuing education with work priorities."

Jeff Szczesny, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Raley's

Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Human Resource Development and Management