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CERTIFICATION PREPARATION MATERIALS

We are pleased you are beginning the journey of HRCI certification. Whether you are preparing for your aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ or SPHRi™exam, you will find a number of preparation materials below, designed to meet your unique learning style.

HRCI exams are based on generally accepted HR principles. There is no one preparation method that can meet every examinee's needs. The key to an examinee's success is to (1) know where the knowledge and competency gaps are, (2) prepare for the exam in a manner that aligns with their learning style and (3) use a variety of preparation resources to ensure they thoroughly understand those HR principles.

This reference page is designed to include:

  • Preparation materials from independent authors that have been, and are currently available, on the market. 
  • A variety of resources, designated by learning type, to assist you in your preparation.

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CERTIFICATION  PRODUCT NAME FORMAT LENGTH PRICE # OF PRACTICE Questions 
 aPHR aPHR™ Study System by Distinctive HR     3  $$$ 1,000+ practice questions, online learning tools including skits and topic lectures.
 aPHR aPHR™ Study Materials: Print AND Online with Audio by HRCP

  
 1  $$ 100 questions, flash cards
 aPHR aPHR™ WORKBOOK by HRReview 

  
 1 $$  Audio CD, flashcards, unlimited online final exams.
 PHR PHR® Exam Prep - 3rd Edition by Pearson
   2 $     175 questions
 PHRca PHRca® Preparation Independent Self-Paced Study Course by CalHRSuccess
        
 PHRca CalChamber California Labor Law Digest (54th edition)
    2 $ No sample questions, this product is best used as a reference
 PHRca PHRca® Exam Preparation Study Guide by HR Coach
    1  $$ 200 online practice exam questions, and nine pre-recorded lectures on video.
 SPHR SPHR® Exam Prep 3rd Edition by Pearson     2 $  343 questions
 PHR/SPHR SPHR®/PHR® Certification Preparation by BenchPrep

  
 2  $$  750+ questions
 PHR/SPHR PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation by Distinctive HR
    2  $ 130 in book plus hundreds on disc
 PHR/SPHR PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation by HRCP     3 $$  14 practice tests online
 PHR/SPHR Human Resource Management-Mathis 
    2  $$ Critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter, but no mulitple choice style questions.
 PHR/SPHR PHR®/SPHR®WORKBOOK Package by HRReview
    2 $$$   500+ questions
 PHR/SPHR PHR®/SPHR® Study Guide by Reed/Bogardus
    2  $ 130 in book plus hundreds on disc
 GPHR GPHR® Certification Preparation by Distinctive HR
    2  $$  600+
 GPHR G2nd Systems - Global Professional in Human Resources Preparation Course
    3  $$ 500 
 GPHR GPHR® Study Materials: Online Editions by IHRCI       2 $$ 800 pre-test and post-test exam questions
 GPHR GPHR® WORKBOOK by HRReview    
    3  $$$ Practice questions at the end of each section
 PHRi PHRi™ Study Materials: Print and Online Editions by HRCP    2  $$ 220 online and timed questions (by functional area) +100 online comprehensive practice exam
 PHRi PHRi™ Study Materials: Online Editions by IHRCI    2  $$ 800 pre-test and post-test exam questions
 SPHRi SPHRi™ Study Materials: Print and Online Editions by HRCP    1  $$ 142 online and timed questions (by functional area) +100 question online comprehensive practice exam
 SPHRi SPHRi™ Study Materials: Online Editions by IHRCI     2  $$ 800 pre-test and post-test exam questions
PHR, SPHR, PHR/SPHR Package, GPHR, PHRca, PHRi, SPHRi Practice Exams by HRCI
    1 $












Retail 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

aPHR™ Study System by Distinctive HR

Publisher's Description

The aPHR™  Study System from Distinctive HR, Inc. is a stand-alone, complete prep program that offers state-of-the-art learning tools that includes: audio CDs, study manual, digital flashcards, 1,000+ practice questions, online learning tools including skits and topic lectures...all for an affordable price.

Retailers

Distinctive Human Resources, Inc.

aPHR™ Study Materials: Print AND Online Edition with Audio by HRCP

Publisher's Description

The HRCP Program for aPHR™ exam preparation covers the six functional areas of the exam. This product includes both the print edition and the online edition with audio. Internet access is required to be able to access the online edition. The program also includes an online practice test for of the six area tested on the aPHR™ exam, as well as an online comprehensive, one-hundred question practice exam. The program also includes the HR QuikStudy Flash Cards. Those preparing for the exams can quiz themselves and review key human resource terms and concepts.

Retailers

HRCP

aPHR™ WORKBOOK Package by HRReview

Publisher's Description

HRReview offers several HR Certification Preparation Programs. The aPHR™ WORKBOOK Package contains comprehensive study outlines for each of the HR Certification Institute® aPHR™ Exam Content Outline functional areas, exam tips, important employment and labor legislation, and several hundred multiple-choice questions with detailed answers and the rationale for the correct answers.  Also included is the audio review CD package with recorded terms and definitions, electronic and downloadable printed flashcards, a free audio coaching session, and unlimited online final exams.

Retailers

HRReview

PHR® Exam Prep - 3rd Edition by Pearson

Publisher's Description

Score Higher on the PHR® Exam! We provide you with the proven study tools and expert insight that will help you score higher on your exam. Prep includes: Study Tips like the advice and instruction that a personal tutor might provide; Notes, Tips, and Cautions provide you with hints and strategies that will help you reduce your mistakes on the exam; Comprehensive discussion of all six functional areas covered on the PHR Exam and Practice Questions that include detailed explanations of correct and incorrect answers – so you can learn the material from your success and mistakes.  

Instructional Resources

Instructor guides and PowerPoints in development stage.

Retailers

Amazon Pearson

California Certification Study Tool by HRCI

Publisher's Description

HRCalifornia is an excellent resource to help you prepare for the PHRca 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

This product can be utilized as a reference for PHRca preparation courses.

Retailers

CalChamber

PHRca® Exam Preparation Study Guide by HR Coach

Publisher's Description

California HR Certification Preparation Independent Self-Paced Study Course. Our program gives you twelve hours of a recorded PowerPoint (PPT) presentation, your own discounted copy of the 367 page, soft-bound California Chamber of Commerce publication, "2016 HR Quick Guide for California Employers," and finally, a copy of additional study information in the form of over 40 documents with California-specific compliance information for your reference.  All of this is loaded on a thumb-drive for your convenient use whenever and wherever you wish and the Quick Guide Soft-bound book.

Retailers

HR Coach

PHRca® Preparation Independent Self-Paced Study Course by CalHRSuccess

Publisher's Description

California HR Certification Preparation Independent Self-Paced Study Course. Our program gives you twelve hours of a recorded PowerPoint (PPT) presentation, your own discounted copy of the 367 page, soft-bound California Chamber of Commerce publication, "2016 HR Quick Guide for California Employers," and finally, a copy of additional study information in the form of over 40 documents with California-specific compliance information for your reference.  All of this is loaded on a thumb-drive for your convenient use whenever and wherever you wish and the Quick Guide Soft-bound book.

Retailers

CalHRSuccess

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

This product can be utilized as a reference for PHRca preparation courses.

Retailers

CalChamber

SPHR® Exam Prep - 3rd Edition by Pearson

Publisher's Description

The SPHR Exam Prep, Third Edition is the most comprehensive and up to date book on the market. Unlike other books that teach to both the Senior Professional in Human Resources and Professional in Human Resources exams, this book is focused on just the SPHR exam, providing targeted training. Exam objectives are thoroughly detailed, providing readers precisely the information they need to know to score higher on their exams. The book features the Exam Prep Proven Method of Study which includes Exam Alerts, tips, notes, sidebars, SPHR practice questions, relevant exercises, review breaks, a glossary, objective reference sheet, a practice exam CD, and a full practice exam in the book.

Instructional Resources

Instructor guides and PowerPoints in development stage.

Retailers

Pearson WorldCat

PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation by BenchPrep

Publisher's Description

Prepare for the PHR/SPHR exam with the online BenchPrep HR Learning System - the most comprehensive self-study PHR and SPHR exam preparation program. BenchPrep HR is the world's only PHR/SPHR prep program that seamlessly works on web, mobile, and tablet devices so you can study any time, anywhere without a heavy book. Gain access to top-tier instructional content from leading HR experts and academic publishers like McGraw-Hill Education, live bi-weekly webinars from experienced HR instructors, a personalized study schedule with daily goals, over 1600 practice questions with detailed answer explanations, full-length practice exams, intelligent learning analytics, flashcards, and more. Prepare with our full-suite digital learning system and get your certification today! Click here to learn more.

Retailers

BenchPrep HR Learning System

PHR®/SPHR® Study Course by Distinctive HR

Publisher's Description

The Self-Study Course includes:  Study guide (paperback), Audio CD Set (12 CD's) and Flash Cards.  In addition, participants will have website resources containing: Sample tests (more than 1,000 sample questions with answer explanations), training games (with 200 additional sample questions and answer explanations), 20+ troublesome topic videos, classroom lecture videos and a final exam.  Online and in-person type courses are available. 

Instructional Resources

Study guide, flash cards, sample tests, training games, classroom lecture resources and a final examination.

Retailers

Distinctive Human Resources, Inc.

PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation by HRCP

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

Mathis - Human Resource Management

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 can be used for prep.

Retailers

Amazon

​PHR®/SPHR® WORKBOOK Package by HRReview

Publisher's Description 

HRReview 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.

Retailers

HRReview

PHR®/SPHR® Study Guide by 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

PHR®/SPHR®/GPHR® Certification Preparation by Distinctive HR

Publisher's Description

Distinctive HR's popular self-study program is the most multi-media based product the busy HR professional can buy. This stand-alone prep package contains all the learning tools necessary to prepare for the GPHR, PHR and SPHR exams. With thousands certified, these materials have been training candidates for 20 years. Learning tools include; study manual, audio CD set, flashcards, and online Learning Management System with 700 practice questions, dozens of video lectures, skits, videos of classroom lectures and more. Shipments of physical materials are made within the United States but international candidates may access this program with downloadable options. 

Retailers

Distinctive HR

G2nd Systems GPHR - Global Professional in Human Resources Preparation Online Course 

Publisher's Description

G2nd Systems announces new Online GPHR Preparation Course taught by Lorelei Carobolante and Pramila Rao, recognized global HR experts and authors. This course includes all Functional Areas of the HRCI GPHR Exam Content Outline and helps participants leverage their HR experience while preparing for the GPHR. We use the latest 2016 materials, including: (1) International HR Management textbook (2016 edition by Tarique, Briscoe, Schuler); (2) Six workbooks; (3) Audio review CD covering Introduction & Self-study methods and all GPHR Functional Areas; (4) Electronic terminology flashcards; and (5) Online practice questions (500+); and (6) 175-question GPHR final practice exam at the end of the course. Full credit offered to participants who register for this instructor-led course but have already purchased self-study materials from HR Review.


Retailers

G2ndSystems

GPHR® Study Materials: Online Editions by IHRCI

Publisher's Description

The IHRCI prep material includes five electronic GPHR certification workbooks with PDF format for downloading. By using all of the preparation materials, you will be well-versed in the five key knowledge areas that make up the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Exam Content Outline for the GPHR. A set of online review test is also included for each session. Our system consists of up-to-date total 800 exam questions of pre-test and post-test through the full length simulated practice tests under the similar testing conditions as the actual GPHR exams. When a test is completed, an overall correct percentage is provided along with the number and percentage of questions answered correctly. The answers with explanations to individual questions are also provided. Our system allows users to save the results of the test so that they can improve upon that later.

Instructional Resources

PowerPoint Slides presentations and test-taking tips are included. 


Retailers

IHRCI

GPHR® WORKBOOK Package by HRReview

Publisher's Description

HRReview offers several HR Certification Preparation Programs. The GPHR® WORKBOOK Package contains comprehensive study outlines for each of the HR Certification Institute® Global Exam Content Outline functional areas, exam tips, important international employment and labor legislation, and several hundred multiple-choice questions with detailed answers and the rationale for the correct answers.  Also included is the International Human Resource Management textbook, the audio review Global CD package with recorded terms and definitions, electronic and downloadable printed flashcards, a free audio coaching session, and unlimited online final exams. 

Retailers

HRReview

PHRi™ Study Materials: Print and Online Editions by HRCP

Publisher's Description

The HRCP Program for PHRi 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

PowerPoint presentations, discussion questions, class listings, sample study schedule and weekly study and test-taking tips are included. 

Retailers

HRCP

PHRi™ Study Materials: Online Editions by IHRCI

Publisher's Description

The IHRCI prep material includes six electronic PHRi certification workbooks with PDF format for downloading. By using all of the preparation materials, you will be well-versed in the six key knowledge areas that make up the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Exam Content Outline for the PHRi. A set of online review test is also included for each session. Our system consists of up-to-date total 900 exam questions of pre-test and post-test through the full length simulated practice tests under the similar testing conditions as the actual PHRi exams. When a test is completed, an overall correct percentage is provided along with the number and percentage of questions answered correctly. The answers with explanations to individual questions are also provided. Our system allows users to save the results of the test so that they can improve upon that later.

Instructional Resources

PowerPoint Slide presentations and test-taking tips are included.

Retailers

IHRCI

Practice Exams by HRCI

Publisher's Description

HRCI Practice Exams are smart and stress-free ways to get comfortable with the test-taking format and learn about your strengths and weaknesses. If you already know that you want to pursue either a PHR or SPHR credential, you can purchase up to two completely different sets of practice exam questions (volumes) for each credential. Many candidates purchase both sets and take one as they are beginning their studies to identify your strengths and weaknesses; they take the second to see how much they’ve progressed.

HRCI also offers a PHR/SPHR Package – great for those who are eligible for either the PHR or SPHR, but still uncertain about which exam and certification to apply for. The PHR/SPHR Package will help you decide on the best certification for your experience level as an HR professional.

HRCI Practice Exams come in two modes. In Exam Mode, take a timed test and, upon completion, you will receive a score report showing your performance in each content area of the exam. You can then turn to Practice Mode, where you can take your time to focus on areas of weakness, attempt to answer the questions again and receive explanations about the correct answers.

HRCI Practice Exams are now available for the PHR, SPHR, PHR/SPHR Package, GPHR,and PHRca certification exams. 


Disclaimer: HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.” 

SPHRi™Study Materials: Print and Online Editions by HRCP

Publisher's Description

The HRCP Program for SPHRi 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

PowerPoint presentations, discussion questions, class listings, sample study schedule and weekly study and test-taking tips are included. 

Retailers

HRCP

Disclaimer: HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.” 

SPHRi™ Study Materials: Online Editions by IHRCI

Publisher's Description

The IHRCI prep material includes four electronic SPHRi certification workbooks with PDF format for downloading. By using all of the preparation materials, you will be well-versed in the four key knowledge areas that make up the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Exam Content Outline for the SPHRi. A set of online review test is also included for each session. Our system consists of up-to-date total 800 exam questions of pre-test and post-test through the full length simulated practice tests under the similar testing conditions as the actual SPHRi exams. When a test is completed, an overall correct percentage is provided along with the number and percentage of questions answered correctly. The answers with explanations to individual questions are also provided. Our system allows users to save the results of the test so that they can improve upon that later.

Instructional Resources

PowerPoint Slides presentations and test-taking tips are included.

Retailers

IHRCI

Disclaimer: HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.”