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Human Resources Certification Preparatory Course (PHR and SPHR)

This program is for experienced HR professionals who are preparing for the PHR or SPHR exam. If you are new to the field or updating your skills, the HR certificate program is a better choice.

Utilizing materials from the Society for Human Resource Management's Resource Learning System, this course explores practical information in each of the HR functional areas to help you reach your professional goals and prepare you for the Professional or Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exams (PHR or SPHR).

Additional resources for individuals interested HR Management:

This program is delivered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management. Individuals who are interested in earning either the PHR or SPHR credential are urged to review the information at the HR Certification Institute ( to make sure they are well-informed about the requirements.

This course is endorsed by the Human Resource Association of Southern Maine. $500 scholarships are available to HRASM members. Visit for more details.

Kristine Avery, SPHR, has extensive experience in human resource management and is the Director of Human Resources for Saint Joseph's College. For the past 12 years, she served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at FISC Solutions (Financial Institutions Service Corporation) in Lewiston, a Best Places to Work in Maine company. Kris is the 2013 SHRM MAC (Membership Advisory Council) Representative for the US Northeast Region, and the Immediate Past State Director of the SHRM Maine State Council having served as State Director in 2011/2012 (, and she is the Immediate Past-President of Human Resources Association of Southern Maine. Kris has been instructing the SPHR/PHR course since 2007. She was also named the HR Leader of the Year for 2010, and inducted into the Maine HR Hall of Fame in 2011.

11 Wednesdays, September 4-November 19, 5-8 p.m.

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$1,025 (33 contact hours/ 3.3 CEUs)
Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, USM Portland campus


Class meets 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/19. All class meetings are on Wednesdays except for the final class meeting which meets on a Tuesday. Fee Includes SHRM Learning System .