Human Resources Certification Prep Course

Course information:

  • 12 weeks, 3 hour sessions
  • Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • January 22, 2020 - April 6, 2020
  • HPU - Waterfront Plaza
  • Registration due by: January 3, 2020
  • Late Registration due by: January 15, 2020 ($75.00 late fee)
  • Certificate program



  • Cost: $1,300.00 – materials included.  (Certification exam fee not included)
  • Discount Opportunities
    • Hawai'i Pacific Univeristy Alumni discount - $100.00 off OR
    • Group discount - $100.00 off each registration of three of more from the same company OR
    • Early Bird discount - $125.00 off if registered October 1 - November 30, 2019


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


INSTRUCTOR SECTION:  Each session will be instructed by an HR subject matter expert.  Hawai'i Pacific University has selected top HR leaders in Hawai'i including


  • Gail Lerch – Business Strategy Session

    Gail is a key executive at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of Hawai‘i’s largest employers and a leader in healthcare on the local and national fronts.  

    Over the years, her competence and unique talents have expanded Gail’s role as executive leader to be involved with nearly every aspect of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, its four hospitals, over 70 service locations, and nearly 7,000 employees.

    In her current position as Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness and General Services, Gail oversees the following divisions: Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness, Training and Development, Worker’s Compensation, Internal Communications, Employee Health, Employee Wellbeing, Volunteer Services, Hospital Gift Shops, and General Services that includes Food Service, Environmental Services, Plant Maintenance, and Safety and Security.


  • Bernard K. Nunies, SHRM – SCP, SPHR –  HR Business Management Session

    Bernard is a seasoned HR executive with over 25 years of international management experience across a variety of industries. He is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Island Holdings, Inc. with prior senior HR roles in higher education, consulting, and luxury retail. Bernard is a past Leeward Community College faculty member and currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Hawaii Pacific University, Vice President of the SHRM Hawai‘i Board of Directors and as a Governing School Board member for the Wai‘alae Charter School.


  • Robin H. Kobayashi, Chris Salazar, & Melodi “Mel” Pieper – Employee Relations Session

    Robin is the Interim Senior Vice President at Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. in their corporate headquarters located in Honolulu, HI, where she leads of team of about 67 HR professionals. Robin previously served as Hawaiian’s Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment for almost 7 years. She is part of the senior leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Peter Ingram.

    In her work as Associate General Counsel, she supported primarily the Human Resources Department, but her practice was been broadened to include airline regulatory work, privacy, and corporate security issues.

    Prior to joining Hawaiian, Robin worked as a practicing labor and employment attorney in both private practice and public service. She was also an executive director for a legal non-profit organization.


    Chris is the Senior Manager, Talent Management at Hawaiian Airlines where he oversees Hawaiian's Performance Management, Employee Survey, Succession, 360s, and Buddy Program. In his role, he supports managers and employees by creating people programs that empower them to do their best work.

     With over 15 years of HR experience, he has held broad HR responsibilities in a variety of industries from creative/advertising, life sciences, and professional services including Electronic Arts, Landor Associates, and Saratoga/ PricewaterhouseCoopers.

     Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology from Santa Clara University in California. He is also designated with a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). 


    Melodi is a Senior Director of Employee Relations at Hawaiian Airlines where she oversees their HR Business Partners, International HR support, and Employment Compliance teams. Over her 20+ years of service at Hawaiian Airlines; she has worked in Operations, Training and Development, Flight Division, and now Human Resources.  Mel Pieper holds a BA in Communications from Loyola Marymount University.


  • Carol Shimada - Compensation Session

    Carol is a senior level HR professional, with demonstrated success as an HR thought leader and strategic business partner. Carol has multi-industry work experience including healthcare, high technology, higher education, computer manufacturing and insurance/revenue cycle management.

    Carol has deep experienced in all facets of HR, both operational and strategic with a special emphasis in Compensation and Benefits. Carol is currently the System Director of Total Rewards and Physician Compensation at The Queen's Health Systems.

    Carol is a member of the Hawaii Compensation Association and former board member of SHRM Hawaii.  Carol holds a bachelor's degree in Business with an emphasis in Personnel Management from National University. 


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 January 15, 2020 will allow for a refund of costs, less a $100 administrative fee upon return of course materials.  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


TB Requirement -   Must show proof of TB Test on or before the first course session.  HPU Health Clearance Form


Parking Info; Ample parking at Waterfront Plaza.  $6.00 flat rate after 5:00 p.m.