Preparation Course for PHR/SPHR Certification Exam


The Human Resource Management Program preparation course for the PHR/SPHR certification exams for Fall 2014 will be offered on Monday evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., from September 8th to December 1, 2014. This program is offered by the Center for Continuing Education at Le Moyne College in conjunction with the Central New York Society for Human Resource Management (CNY SHRM). 


**This is the LAST TIME the PHR/SPHR preparation class will be offered. In September of 2015, we will begin offering the study program for the new SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP. If you are interested in preparing for either certification in the near future, sign up now.

Who should attend?

  • Human resource staff members pursuing advancement
  • Human resource employees with limited experience
  • Employee benefits directors
  • Employee relations managers/supervisors
  • Training directors
  • Senior managers in new positions within the human resources field
  • Mid-level managers seeking career change or enhancement

For answers to frequently asked questions visit www.cnyshrm.org.


Mary Anne Ciccarelli, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, Syracuse Model Neighborhood
Nick Romano, SPHR
, Vice President of Human Resources, Sysco Syracuse LLC
Christine List, SPHR, Human Resource Specialist, Rock Tenn Solvay Mill

Cost/Registration Information

$960 for SHRM members and $1,030 for non-SHRM members.

Registration is currently ongoing and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration and payment deadline for Fall 2014 is August 22, 2014. There is a late fee of $50. Registration is limited to 25 participants and is based on the date of registration receipt. The fee includes all course materials: books, Internet learning materials and Internet update access.  Students will also be able to access the modules via e-reader devices (Nook, Kindle, iPad, etc) as well.

A confirmation letter and map will be mailed to you upon receipt of your registration.

The cost of the PHR/SPHR exam is NOT included.


To receive a refund, cancellations must be made in writing and received by September 9, 2014.

Download a program application form (pdf)


 Complete an application for a CNY-SHRM scholarship and submit by August 22, 2014 deadline.

Program Content

This program prepares participants for the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) national examination for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive recognition from Le Moyne College and SHRM National.

The not-for-college-credit program is also designed for those seeking continuous professional development and a broad overview of the human resources field. The program content includes:

Module One: Business Management and Strategy

  • Strategic role of HR in organizations
  • HR business management skills
  • Strategic Planning Process
  • Evaluating the internal/external environment
  • HR and the legislative and regulatory environment

Module Two: Workforce Planning & Employment

  • Employee rights, privacy and consumer protection legislation
  • Organizational staffing requirements
  • Job analysis and documentation
  • Recruitment, flexible staffing, selection and retention

Module Three: Human Resource Development

  • Organizational development initiatives
  • Adult learning and motivation; Training and development
  • Talent and performance management
Module Four: Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation structure and systems
  • Benefit programs (Goverment mandated, deferred comp plans, health care and other non-statutory benefits)
  • Compensation and benefits legislation
  • Evaluating compensation and benefits programs

Module Five: Employee & Labor Relations

  • Employee and labor relations legislation
  • Union organizing and collective bargaining
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Discipline and complaint resolution

Module Six: Risk Management

  • Organizational risk
  • Workplace safety, health, security and privacy
  • Risk management legislation