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Human Resource Management Certificate Program

Course Details

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The Human Resource certification preparation course from PDC is designed primarily for individuals seeking a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification.

Veteran Administration Approved Program

This intensive program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System®, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track as you prepare for the exam.

Achieving major career goals is challenging and time consuming. But, the road to success is easier when an experienced guide provides a roadmap and keeps you on track. If your goal is HR certification, we’ll lead you to success. Our instructors focus on critical exam content, and our structured classroom environment accelerates learning and improves retention.

This course is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Thousands of HR professionals have earned their PHR® or SPHR® certifications by using the SHRM Learning System, the number one ranked certification prep tool. You can earn 3.5 continuing education credits (CEUs) for completing this program.

To find out more about this program please visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

IMPORTANT -- Please review the HRCI Exam Eligibility Requirements and 2014 Exam Deadlines.

SHRM Announcement -- Earn your PHR® or SPHR® and benefit from a smooth path to earn the new SHRM designation in 2015, SHRM-CP™ or SHRM-SCP™. Already a PHR® or SPHR®? Learn how you can transition to SHRM's new credential. For more information on SHRM's new credentials click here.

Human Resource Management Certificate Program - 2014 Cohort Schedule

To view all upcoming schedules for the HRM Certificate Program, please click here.

Beginning in Spring 2015, the HR Certificate Program offered by the Professional Development Center at UT Austin will align with the new certification credentials offered by the Society of Human Resource Management: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™).

The University of Texas at Austin's SHRM® 2014 Awards

  • Human Resource Management Certificate Program ranking in the top 20 college/university partners for the SHRM Learning System®.
  • SHRM Essentials ranking in the top 10 college/university partners.

SHRM Learning System Software

The 2013 SHRM Learning System is filled with new features, including innovative SmartStudy tools that help streamline your study time and build confidence for passing the certification exam. Follow these steps to success:

  • Assess: Take our assessments to determine your current knowledge and gaps, with the results weighted against tested areas on the certification exam (PHR or SPHR).
  • Study: Use assessment results to identify your learning priorities, create your personal study plan, estimate study time and apply learned knowledge.
  • Pass: Complete the post-test and use other testing preparation tools to validate your learning and refine your study plan as you prepare to pass the exam.

The nation’s number one PHR and SPHR certification preparation system is also the most advanced. In addition to SmartStudy tools, we offer learning modules in print and e-reader formats and provide extensive multi-media online resources. The SHRM Learning System thoroughly prepares you to pass the certification exam.


PDC recommends that participants with less than two years of HR exempt-level experience complete PDC's SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management


"At the point I decided to pursue my PHR certification, I began the search for tools to help me maximize my learning and optimize my chances for passing the exam. My research led me to the UT PHR prep class -- and I'm glad it did."

"The materials used were comprehensive and educational. I know I will use them again in my day to day work environment. The class was highly professional, informative and enjoyable with a group of folks who love HR and came with real life experiences. Our professor was fun, engaged, prepared and heaped give a realistic view of what the exam would entail. The reading and class preparation is a lot of work, but for four months, it's doable. Overall, I studied hard, did all the reading, attended class and PASSED the exam!"

Christine White
Manager of Human Resources

Who Should Attend

  • HR professionals planning to take the PHR® or SPHR® certification exams
  • PHR® professionals seeking to "upgrade" their certification to SPHR®
  • HR practitioners seeking professional development to advance their careers

Certificate of Completion Requirements

To receive the UT certificate, participants must attend 10 of the 12 class sessions, take all Module tests and receive a grade of 70 or better, and take the Post Test and receive a 80 or better.


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