Study Group

HR Certification Exam Study Group

DallasHR hosts two 9-week study groups in the Spring and fall each year.  This study group helps prepare participants to take the existing certification exams for both HRCI (PHR or SPHR) and SHRM certifications (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP).  The purpose of the HR Certification Study Group is to provide a high-level overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish the goal of certification. This includes:

  • The Body of Knowledge required for each exam
  • The competencies that will be assessed on the exam
  • Test taking tips, strategies and practice examples
  • The opportunity to partner with others in this endeavor, sharing knowledge, expertise and resources

Topics covered throughout the course: 

  • Certification Process Overview
  • Strategy
  • HR Development
  • Workforce Planning & Employment
  • Total Rewards | Compensation
  • Total Rewards | Benefits
  • Employee & Labor Relations
  • Risk Management

Certification Study Group FAQs

"The HR Certification Review course offered by Dallas HR was an excellent pathway for me to obtain my PHR certification. The instructors for the course are subject matter experts in the field of HR and it was very helpful to meet different professionals across the industry as they shared their knowledge with the class. This course also encourages the formation of study groups to meet outside of class time to review the large volume of information. I met an excellent study partner, we kept each other accountable and met weekly to review what was discussed by our instructor along with the information from the HRCI Human Resource Body of Knowledge book.  If you are looking for a review class that gives you the tools to be successful, that is a productive use of your time – this is the class for you!"

Keri DeVillers, MS, PHR
Spring 2018 Class Participant
HR Business Partner, Human Resources
Medical City McKinney

"I passed my SHRM-CP certification exam.  I took it the Friday after our class finished and I’m so glad I did. The exam was difficult and long, but the class helped TREMENDOUSLY.  The test taking strategies were SO VERY, VERY helpful."

Cher Cope, SHRM-CP
Fall 2018 Class Participant
HR Generalst
Panda Power Funds

Fall 2019 Study Group - Registration Now Open!

The Study Group will begin on Tuesday, October 1 and run for nine class sessions. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the DallasHR Office (except where noted).


Eligible for Chapter Grant Fund Applications
Deadline Passed - September 1

October 1: Introduction & Strategy
October 8: Business Mgmt & Strategy
October 15: Learning & Development
October 21: Workforce Planning *
October 29: No Class during The HRSouthwest Conference
November 5: Compensation
November 12: Benefits
November 18: Employee & Labor Relations *
November 26: Risk Management
December 3: Final Review Class

* indicates class meeting on Monday Evening from 6:00-8:00 PM


Members  $275.00
Non-Members*  $399.00
SHRM Learning System
(optional add on)

* One year DallasHR Membership Included


Payment is due with registration. No POs or requests for invoicing can be honored. Checks should be made payable and mailed to:  

5001 LBJ Freeway, Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75244

IMPORTANT: Advance registrations are strongly recommended. Due to limited room capacity, we cannot guarantee seating for onsite registrants. To receive cancellation credit, your written request must be received at DallasHR prior to the start of the second class session. There will be no refund if cancellation is received after the two-week mark.  Purchase of the SHRM Learning Materials with your registration are non-refundable.