Human Resources Certification Prep Course



Course information:

  • 12 weeks, 3 hour sessions
  • Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • September 16, 2020 to December 2, 2020
  • HPU - Waterfront Plaza  NOW ONLINE
  • Registration due by: September 4, 2020
  • Late Registration due by: September 11, 2020 ($75.00 late fee)
  • Certificate program



  • Cost: $1,300.00 – 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


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



  • 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.


  • ANNA ELENTO-SNEED – compliance

    ANNA is the President and Founding Director of ES&A, Inc., a next-generation law firm that is rethinking the way legal work is done. Anna has been advising employers and organizations for more than 35 years on labor & employment law, government contracts and business strategy. Anna is regularly retained as a speaker and trainer by businesses, organizations and government agencies throughout Hawaii. She has lectured at Hawai`i Pacific University, the University of Hawai`i Shidler School of Business, the William S. Richardson School of Law, the University of Guam, and the Japan-America Institute for Management Studies (JAIMS). Anna currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Employment Law Alliance, a global network of labor and employment attorneys.



     Sarah is a partner with Marr Jones & Wang, a law firm that specializes in labor and employment law.  She has represented employers in a wide range of employment matters for over two decades, including discrimination and harassment cases, wrongful termination claims, union arbitrations, and wage and hour audits. Sarah also devotes significant time to providing training and guidance for employers to assist them in managing personnel issues and complying with various employment laws. 

    Sarah received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Whitman College and her J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.  She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of labor and employment law, since the 2007 edition and she has been listed in the Chambers USA directory, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (in the labor and employment listing), since 2004.



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 September 16, 2020 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.  $6.00 flat rate after 5:00 p.m.