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Society for Human Resource Management

Gain a Professional EdgeSHRM

The SHRM® Learning System Course

This professional development course is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The course investment includes all course materials (a $694 value) but does not cover registration for the PHR or SPHR examinations.

Participants seeking continuing professional development and a broad overview of the field, and participants preparing to take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification examinations administered by the HR Certification Institute.

The program uses the SHRM® Learning System, a system developed by SHRM which includes six manuals updated annually with current HR policies and legislation. As a professional development tool, the Learning System can increase a participant's knowledge in the field of human resources and provide current reference to HR practices. As a certification preparation tool, the Learning System has a measurable track record of success for those qualified to sit for the exam.

Course Content

The SHRM Learning System course features printed workbooks, over 1600 test questions, an online resource center and The SPHR Prep Book, designed especially for SPHR candidates. This course covers:

Module 1: Business Management and Strategy

Includes the role of human resources in organizations, the strategic planning process, scanning the external environment, organizational structure and internal HR partners, measuring human resources effectiveness, ethical issues affecting human resources, human resources and the legislative environment.

Module 2: Workforce Planning and Employment

Covers key legislation affecting employee rights, privacy and consumer protection, EEO/Affirmative Action, gender discrimination and harassment, organizational staffing requirements, job analysis and documentation, recruitment, flexible staffing and selection, employment practices, organizational exit, employee records management.

Module 3: Human Resource Development

Examines key legislation, human resource development and the organization, adult learning and motivation, assessment of HRD needs and the organization, career development, developing leaders, organizational development initiatives, performance management.

Module 4: Compensation and Benefits

Includes key legislation, total compensation and the strategic focus of the organization, pay administration, compensation systems, introduction to benefit programs, government-mandated benefits, voluntary benefits, compensation and benefit programs for international employees, evaluating the total compensation system and communicating it to employees.

Module 5: Employee and Labor Relations

Cover key legislation affecting employee and labor relations, employee relations and organizational culture, employee involvement strategies, positive employee relations, work rules in union and nonunion environments, effective communication of laws, regulations, and organizational policies, discipline and formal complaint resolution, union organizing; unfair labor practices, collective bargaining, strikes and secondary boycotts, public-sector labor relations, international employee and labor relations.

Module 6: Risk Management

Examines key legislation, safety, health, security.

The SPHR Preparation Book is also included in the materials provided and provides the information specific to SPHR exam preparation.  The manual includes an overview of what can be expected at the exam, frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about certification, and an overview of the ideal candidate for PHR and SPHR.  The manual also provides guidance on which test to take, test taking tips, and practice questions specific to SPHR.

Here are the current eligibility requirements for the HR Certification Institute professional credentials:

For more information about the HR Certification Institute and eligibility requirements please visit http://www.hrci.org.

For Application & exam dates please visit http://www.hrci.org/recertification/fees-and-deadlines/ for those.

*Anyone registering, paying the fees, and completing the classroom sessions, may within one year, audit the class one additional time if they fail to pass the PHR/SPHR exam.  No manuals or materials will be provided.

Ruston Course Offering

Dates: Tuesdays (10 Sessions) September 16 to November 18, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Wyly Tower 1109 (Directions)
Instructor: Jim Plank (SPHR certified)
Fee: $1049 ea. SHRM Members and $1249 ea. Non-Members - fee includes materials
(Registration Deadline: To Be Determined) (Call us for group dates)


Shreveport Course Offering

Dates: Every other Saturday (5 Sessions) September 20 to November 15, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Shreveport Center (Directions)
Instructor: Jim Plank (SPHR certified)
Fee: $1049 ea. SHRM Members and $1249 ea. Non-Members - fee includes materials
(Registration Deadline: To Be Determined) (Call us for group dates)