HR Certification Prep Course


Move forward in your human resources career with Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification.  

Hawai‘i’s only in-person preparation course for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) certification gets you ready for your exam. HRCI has a 40-year legacy as the gold standard for HR mastery and excellence and as the sole provider of HR certifications supported by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies’ (NCCA) rigorous standards.

Top professionals from Hawai‘i’s HR Community lead you through the 12-week program, at HPU’s exciting new Waterfront Plaza campus in downtown Honolulu. 


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Registration Discounts for applicable members and groups.


Earning your PHR® or SPHR® credential lets you join the 500,000 HRCI professionals worldwide who have proven they have the knowledge and ability to navigate the human resource field with efficiency and skill.

The program takes an in-depth look at the five areas that make up the HR Body of Knowledge set forth by HRCI, and the concepts and best practices that will be on the HRCI certification exams.

Our experienced instructors are experts in the HR field and will guide you on your path to certification while you:
• learn practical information and real-life examples that can apply in your daily job immediately
• receive thorough preparation from an accredited university
• join a network of some of the top HR professionals in the nation.

This program will help you successfully pass the exam. If you fail to pass the exam, you can retake the course for only $100.


FALL 2022


Course information:

  • 12 weeks, 3 hour sessions
  • Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • TBD
  • HPU - Waterfront Plaza
  • Registration due by: TBD
  • Late Registration due by: TBD ($75.00 late fee)
  • Certificate program



  • Cost: pending – materials included.  (Certification exam fee not included)
  • Discount Opportunities
    • Hawai'i Pacific University Alumni discount - $100.00 off OR
    • Hawai'i Employer's Council Member discount - $100.00 OR
    • Group discount - $100.00 off each registration of three of more from the same company


Program Modules: 

The PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation program includes 5 course modules

  • Business Management/Leadership and Strategy
  • Talent Planning and Acquisition
  • Learning and Development
  • Employee and Labor Relations/Employee Engagement
  • Total Rewards


INSTRUCTORS:  Each session will be instructed by an HR subject matter expert.  Hawai'i Pacific University has selected top HR leaders in Hawai'i as instructors for this course.


Course Materials:

HPU has selected HRCP’s premier materials as the course study materials.  The HRCP Program for PHR® and SPHR® exam preparation features five units, one covering each functional area of the exam.  Each printed unit is separately spiral-bound and includes an index and a list of key terms.  Along with more than nine-hundred pages of instruction, the program provides:

  • Guide for Successful Exam Preparation
  • Online review questions for each unit
  • Two online comprehensive one-hundred question practice exams and a scenario specific exam
  • HR QuikStudy Flash Cards with more than six-hundred convenient, business card-sized flash cards.


Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations prior to TBA will allow for a refund of costs, less a $100 administrative fee and cost of materials if order of materials has been made.  Cancellations after this date will result in forfeited fee. 


Exam Success Guarantee:

Should you meet the minimum requirements for taking the exam, attend 80% of the course sessions and achieve 80% or higher on the practice exams, but do not pass the HRCI Certification exam, you will be refunded the cost of returned materials or you may re-take the prep course for a $100 administrative fee.  In the event you choose to retake the course, if course materials have changed, you would be responsible for purchasing the updated materials.

For more information regarding the requirements for the Exam Success Guarantee, please visit


Parking Info; Ample parking at Waterfront Plaza.  TBD flat rate after 5:00 p.m.