HR Certification Institute
Exam Preparation

Preparation Resources for Candidates and Instructors

CERTIFICATION PREPARATION MATERIALS

There is no one preparation method that can meet every HR professional’s needs. The HR Certification Institute does not require or recommend any one particular preparation method, product or organization to prepare for the PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, HRMP®, HRBP® or California exam.

Our exams are based on generally accepted HR principles. Preparing for a certification exam is not about memorizing information. Instead, you must be able to demonstrate that you can apply your knowledge and experience in a variety of situations.

Be critical and ask questions to be sure you understand the material you are studying. Start by asking the question: How do you learn best? Organize your preparation according to your learning style. Use the appropriate Body of Knowledge to identify gaps in your knowledge and experience. Investing more time on preparation often pays off – particularly for those with more limited experience. HR Professionals who are more prepared are more likely to become certified.

Use a variety of resources so you experience the same information in different ways. Using multiple resources ensures that you understand the generally accepted HR principles. Below are resources that candidates most frequently recommend that have helped them to be successful on an HRCI exam.

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CERTIFICATION  PRODUCT NAME FORMAT LENGTH PRICE # OF PRACTICE ?s 
 CA CalChamber California Labor Law Digest (54th edition)     2  $  None
 CA HRCI California Certification Study Tool  2 Must be a member of Cal State Chamber to participate 4 sets of quiz questions
 CA SHRM Learning System (CA) *    1  $$$  4 module study manual and learning questions
 GPHR HR Review Global Professional in Human Resources         3  $$$  Practice questions at the end of each section
 GPHR GPHR Self Study Course - Siler    2  $$ 600+
 GPHR GPHR Audio Study Guide - Siler    2  $$  
 GPHR GPHR Prep Course (Class or Webinar)    3  $$$  
 GPHR SHRM Learning System (GPHR) *    2  $$$ 5 module study manual, online resources and practice exam
 HRBP HRBP Exam Preparation - HRCP    2  $$ 220 online and timed questions (by functional area) +100 online comprehensive practice exam
 HRBP SHRM Learning System (HRBP) *    2  $$$ 6 module study manual, online resources and practice exam
 HRMP HRMP Exam Preparation - HRCP    1  $$ 142 online and timed questions (by functional area) +100 question online comprehensive practice exam
 HRMP SHRM Learning System (HRMP) *    1  $$$ 4 module study manual, online resources and practice exam
 PHR Pearson PHR Exam Prep - 2nd ed - 2008    2  $ 343
 PHR/SPHR Human Resource Management - Mathis
 2  $$ Critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter, but no multiple choice style questions.
 PHR/SPHR SHRM Learning System *    3  $$$ 291
 PHR/SPHR PHR/SPHR Study Guide - Reed/Bogardus    2  $ 130 in book plus hundreds on disc
 PHR/SPHR HRCP Program
 3  $$ 14 practice tests online
 PHR/SPHR PHR/SPHR Study Guide - Siler    1  $ 335
 PHR/SPHR HR Review    2  $$$ 500+
 SPHR Pearson SPHR Exam Prep - 2nd ed - 2008    2  $ 343
* will be discontinued


Price

$ = Up to 100 USD 
$$ = 101-400 USD 
$$$ = 401+ USD

Length (# of pages)

1 = up to 500 
2 = 501-800
3 = 801+

Format

 = Audio
 = Book
 = CD
 = Online

CalChamber California Labor Law Digest (54th edition)

Publisher's Description

As the only book of its kind serving California business, this up-to-date, comprehensive digest details California labor and employment law. It reflects new content for 2014 to make your job easier, with new laws highlighted to catch your eye. It provides instructions on how to apply existing laws and manage everyday HR issues, such as performing job evaluations, implementing a policy to prevent workplace violence, and handling accessibility inspections. It also explains federal employment laws, regulations and court cases.

As always, California Labor Law Digest provides legal background information, including legislation, court cases and regulatory requirements in plain language—organized to make complex laws understandable. Plus, it provides access to more than 300 downloadable forms and checklists.

Instructional Resources

None

Retailers

CalChamber

HRCI California Certification Study Tool

Publisher's Description

HRCalifornia is an excellent resource to help you prepare for the HRCI California specific exam. Our digital study tool links the required body of knowledge for California certification to HRCalifornia’s in-depth HR Library pages, helping you find exactly the information you need.

Instructional Resources

None

Retailers

CalChamber


SHRM Learning System (CA)

Publisher's Description

The SHRM California Learning System is more than a comprehensive study guide for the PHR-CA/SPHR-CA certification exams; it’s a resource you can tap into daily.  

NOTE:  Available through 2014.

Instructional Resources

Instructor resources are available

Retailers

SHRM

HR Review Global Professional in Human Resources

Publisher's Description

HR Review offers HR Certification Preparation Programs for the PHR exam, SPHR exam and GPHR exam to individuals, chapters, universities and groups. Once you've registered to take one of these exams through the Human Resource Certification Institute, our proven study materials will help you prepare for success!  This program contains a working binder, audio CDs and flashcards.

Instructional Resources

Online and in-person courses are available which include pre-tests, PowerPoints, handouts and audio flashcards for GPHR. Instructor resources are available.

Retailers

HRReview

GPHR Self Study Course - Siler

Publisher's Description

Revised and updated for the 2013 exam, the GPHR Self-Study Course includes the Audio Study Guide (18 CD's), Study Guide (paperback), and website access to pre-recorded videos of the GPHR Prep Course taught by David Siler, who has a 90%+ pass rate for his GPHR Prep Course.  In addition, the Self-Study course includes access to the GPHR area of the website which contains sample tests (over 600 sample test questions), training games, interactive flashcards, and Troublesome Topics videos. Usernames & Passwords are emailed, normally within 24 hours of purchase.  Please make sure you include a valid email address.

Instructional Resources

None

Retailers

Distinctive Human Resources, Inc.

GPHR Audio Study Guide - Siler

Publisher's Description

Revised and updated for the new 2013 exams, the 2013 GPHR Audio Study Guide (abridged) is a comprehensive audio program that covers all five exam topics, and includes an audio glossary and numerous test taking tips. More than 21 hours of clear and concise information, it is an important resource for those individuals who prefer to work independently in preparation for the GPHR certification exam. This is ideal for the audio learner, those with lengthy work commutes who can listen to audio CD's while traveling, or anyone preparing for the GPHR exam who doesn't like to sit and read. The GPHR Study Guide (paperback) is included for reference, which includes practice questions at the end of each chapter, in addition to a sample test at the back of the book. The Audio Study Guide was developed by David Siler, SPHR, GPHR. 

This guide should be used together with the online practice quizzes, online learning games, electronic flashcards, and the online videos presented by DHR, Inc. to give GPHR candidates the best possible chance at passing the exam on their first attempt.

Instructional Resources

None

Retailers

Distinctive Human Resources, Inc.

GPHR Prep Course (Class or Webinar)

Publisher's Description

The GPHR Exam Prep Class is taught by David Siler, SPHR / GPHR, an award-winning lecturer to businesses and HR professionals on many HR related topics.

Instructional Resources

This class is offered as both a webinar and live class.  The webinar is ideal for those who would like to take a prep course but either can't take time away from work, or are not close enough to drive to a live class. The class/webinar is conducted in 3-hour sessions.

Retailers

Distinctive Human Resources, Inc.

SHRM Learning System (GPHR)

Publisher's Description

The SHRM Learning System for GPHR Certification Preparation is a comprehensive test-preparation system for the GPHR certification exam and serves as a reference tool for HR professionals with international and global responsibilities. This tool has been designed to maximize your experience, education and skill set to provide you with the best opportunity to pass the GPHR exam. - See more here
Note: currently available through 2014.


Instructional Resources

Instructor resources are available.

Retailers


HRBP Exam Preparation - HRCP

Publisher's Description

The HRCP Program for HRBP exam preparation features six units, one covering each functional area of the exam. Each unit is bound separately and includes an index and a list of key terms. Also included is a set of online review questions for each unit, as well as an online comprehensive, one-hundred question practice exam. The online tests are added to your account immediately upon completing your purchase.

 

Instructional Resources

Instructor resources are available.

Retailers

HRCP

SHRM Learning System (HRBP)

Publisher's Description

The content in the new SHRM Learning System for HRBP Certification Preparation training program corresponds with the body of knowledge for the HRBP certification exam. See more here.
NOTE:  Available through 2014.

 

Instructional Resources

Instructor resources are available.

Retailers

SHRM

HRMP Exam Preparation - HRCP

Publisher's Description

The HRCP Program for HRMP exam preparation features four units, one covering each functional area of the exam. Each unit is bound separately and includes an index and a list of key terms. Also included is a set of online review questions for each unit, as well as an online comprehensive, one-hundred question practice exam. The online tests are added to your account immediately upon completing your purchase.

Instructional Resources

Instructor resources are available.

Retailers

HRCP

SHRM Learning System (HRMP)

Publisher's Description

The content in the SHRM Learning System for HRMP Certification Preparation training program corresponds with the body of knowledge for the HRMP certification exam.

NOTE:  Available through 2014.

Instructional Resources

Instructor resources are available.

Retailers

SHRM

Pearson PHR Exam Prep - 2nd ed - 2008

Publisher's Description

Score higher on your PHR exam with the market's most comprehensive book, PHR Exam Prep: Professional in Human Resources. Written by a leading expert on the PHR exam, this is the only PHR-centric book with PHR-specific objectives. Each exam objective is thoroughly detailed, providing you with precisely the information you need to know to score higher on the exam. Also featured is the Exam Prep proven method of study, which includes Exam Alerts, tips, notes, sidebars, hundreds of PHR practice questions, relevant exercises, review breaks, a glossary, objective reference sheet, a practice exam CD-ROM, and a full practice exam in the book. You will be able to assess your exam readiness with the practice exam questions and you will develop effective study habits that will be tailored to your PHR exam preparation.  

NOTE:  Currently undergoing update.

Instructional Resources

Instructor guides and PowerPoints in development stage.

Retailers

Amazon Pearson

Human Resource Management - Mathis

Publisher's Description

Trust the authoritative resource for human resource management to offer the most current look at HR and its impact on today's organizations with both new and thoroughly updated cases and today's most recent examples--90 percent of which are from 2006 and beyond. Mathis/Jackson's HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, Thirteenth Edition, is the most trusted resource and best-selling HR solution for preparing future or currently practicing HR professionals. Updated, strong academic coverage, including the latest 2009 HRCI outline, ensures this edition addresses all major topics for professional examinations (PHR, SPHR) given by the Human Resource Certification Institute. The latest HR research and a wealth of new and proven learning features in every chapter demonstrate how HR impacts organizational strategy. Reorganized and streamlined topics examine emerging trends in technology, globalization, and HR Metrics, as well as other developments impacting the practice of HR today. A complete package of teaching and learning resources, including new CourseMate online learning tools, helps today's aspiring professionals prepare for career and future HR success.

Instructional Resources

Instructor edition available. Instructor site contains powerpoints, cases, test bank, video library, flashcards & a glossary - product is meant for college classrooms but could be used for prep.

Retailers

Amazon

SHRM Learning System *

Publisher's Description

The Learning System features an enhanced user experience complete with updated content that reflects the HR Certification Institute body of knowledge tested on the PHR and SPHR exams. It includes application exercises and module exams to develop specific HR competencies.  This program includes books and online resources.  

Note: available through 2014.

Instructional Resources

Instructors' guides are available for each product - currently available for all six exams. Will be discontinued in 2014.

Retailers

Amazon

PHR/SPHR Study Guide - Reed/Bogardus

Publisher's Description

More than 80,000 HR professionals having earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, and another 20,000 are expected to take the exam in 2009. This complete update of the bestselling guide to HR certification contains additional coverage of new HR policies and standards, as well as updated practice exam questions and real world scenarios. Key topics include strategic management, workforce planning and employment, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. This program contains a textbook, CD-ROM with two bonus exams (one each for PHR and SPHR) as well as flashcards and an electronic book.

Instructional Resources

Book and disc can be purchased separately. Instructor companion site includes PowerPoints, student handouts and practice questions.

Retailers

Amazon
Barnes & Noble

HRCP Program

Publisher's Description

The HRCP program is useful for more than just exam preparation; it is valuable for solving problems on the job or for training new employees in the human resource department. Whether you are preparing for certification or answering day-to-day questions, the Human Resource Certification Preparation Program is the right answer.  This program contains a series of 6 books and pre-printed flashcards.  HRCP offers a pass or your money back guarantee when you fully participate in their online program component.

Instructional Resources

PowerPoint slides and discussion questions are available for use by instructors. Instructors can also track student results on practice quizzes.

Retailers

HRCP

PHR/SPHR Study Guide - Siler

Publisher's Description

Revised and updated for the 2012 exams, the 2012 Audio Edition (abridged) of the PHR / SPHR Study Guide is a comprehensive audio program that covers all six exam areas and includes an audio glossary and numerous test-taking tips (also available in paperback text). Additional role-playing examples are included in the audio version to help illustrate certain topics. With more than 26 hours of clear and concise information, it is an important resource for those individuals who prefer to work independently in preparation for the PHR / SPHR certification exams.  An audio companion is now available.

Instructional Resources

Online and in-person courses are available.

Retailers

Distinctive Human Resources, Inc.

HR Review

Publisher's Description 

HR Review offers HR Certification Preparation Programs for the PHR exam, SPHR exam and GPHR exam to individuals, chapters, universities and groups. Once you've registered to take one of these exams through the Human Resource Certification Institute, our proven study materials will help you prepare for success!  This program contains a working binder, an audio CD component and flashcards.

Instructional Resources

New audio plus workbook edition out now. The workbook has an outline and sample questions. They offer online and in-person courses which include pre-tests, PowerPoints, handouts and audio flashcards for PHR, SPHR and GPHR. Instructor resources are available.

Retailers

HRReview

Pearson SPHR Exam Prep - 2nd ed - 2008

Publisher's Description

Score higher on your SPHR exam with the market's most comprehensive book, SPHR Exam Prep: Senior Professional in Human Resources. Written by a leading expert on the SPHR exam, this is the only SPHR-centric book with SPHR-specific objectives. Each exam objective is thoroughly detailed, providing you with precisely the information you need to know to score higher on the exam. Also featured is the Exam Prep proven method of study, which includes Exam Alerts, tips, notes, sidebars, hundreds of SPHR practice questions, relevant exercises, review breaks, a glossary, objective reference sheet, a practice exam CD-ROM, and a full practice exam in the book. You will be able to assess your exam readiness with the practice exam questions and you will develop effective study habits that will be tailored to your SPHR exam preparation.

NOTE:  Currently undergoing update.

Instructional Resources

Instructor guides and PowerPoints in development stage.

Retailers

Pearson WorldCat
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