HRCI Certification and Other Certifications

Certification is a great way to enhance professional status and career growth potential while building respect and trust with your constituencies. Certification is available in a variety of areas.

HRCI Certification

Many members are certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). Certification extends for three years. Individuals can recertify by either re-taking the exam or earning 60 recertification credit hours. Members can earn recertification credits by attending chapter meetings and workshops and HRAGD supported SHRM state conferences; instructing/presenting at chapter meetings or workshops; or assuming a leadership role in HRAGD, i.e., serving on the board or chairing a committee. Further details, including the recertification application form, can be found at

Note:  The eligibility requirements for the PHR/SPHR exams are changing starting with the May/June 2011 exams.  Current eligibility requirements will be in place through the December 2010 - January 2011 testing window.  Visit for details on eligibility.


SHRM Learning System Courses

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers courses to help busy HR professionals prepare for PHR, SPHR or GPHR examinations. The “SHRM Learning System Course” prepares participants for either the PHR or SPHR HRCI Certification Exam. The “SHRM Global Learning System – Global HR Management Course” prepares participants for the GPHR HRCI Certification Exam. The curriculum for each course is designed by subject matter experts. It covers the current HR Certification Institute Body of Knowledge pertinent to each examination as well as a number of features and tools that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills. Each of these courses offers a dynamic classroom environment with a blended approach of printed workbooks, software and online tools. Visit for courses, schedules and registration. For information regarding course content or the HRCI exam contact Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh, SPHR, at or call (734) 487-3240.

The class will be offered at the following sites:
• The Southfield class meets on eleven Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m., Feb 8 - April 19 at Right Management Consultants in the Oak Hollow Corporate Campus.
• The Troy class meets on eleven Wednesday evenings, 6-9 p.m., Feb 9 - April 20 at Kelly Services at 999 W. Big Beaver.
• The Ann Arbor class meets on eleven Thursday evenings, 6-9 p.m., Feb 10 - April 21 at NSF International, 789 N. Dixboro.
• The Livonia class meets on eleven Monday evenings, 6-9 p.m., Feb 7 - April 18 EMU – Livonia, 38777 W. Six Mile.
• The Livonia alternating Saturday class meets on six Saturdays, 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Feb 19 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 16 at EMU – Livonia, 38777 W. Six Mile.
• The online class dates are Feb 7 – April 23. 

The registration fee for face-to-face classes is $955 for national SHRM members, $995 for non-SHRM members.  The online fee is $995.  The fee includes the SHRM Learning System books, online tools and access to the SHRM resource center.  

More information is available on the EMU Professional Programs and Training website,, or call or email (800) 932-8689,

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Continuing Education

EMU Continuing Education offers a number of professional programs and training for the HR professional seeking the “next level” of professional development. Courses are offered for PHR/SPHR/GPHR Certification. In addition, the Strategic HR Management Series offers HR development in areas such as Business Ethics for the HR Professional, CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) Program and much more. Visit for courses, schedules and registration.

Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)

In the employee benefits and compensation field, the most widely recognized and respected professional credential is CEBS - the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist. The CEBS Program also offers the opportunity to earn designations in three distinct areas of specialization: group benefits, retirement and compensation. You may earn a designation in each of the specialty tracks and, at the same time, receive credit that will qualify toward earning the CEBS designation, which carries an eight-course requirement (six required courses plus two electives.) For more information about the CEBS Program and CEBS designation visit For information about CEBS continuing education courses offered locally at Eastern Michigan University visit


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