HRPCPA Study Group

Certification Study Group

HRP of Central PA hosts a PHR and SPHR Certification Study Group.  The study group will help prepare you for the computer based testing for HRCI’s PHR ® and SPHR ® certification exams.  Registration for the testing windows for certification exams can be made through Thompson/Prometric’s website at

There is NO COST to take this course as long as you are a current member of HRPCPA, although there will be a cost for course materials.

The curriculum will encompass The Human Resource Certification Preparation Program from  This program will require new materials each year. You will need to purchase these materials to take the course.  This will be the only set of materials utilized for the Study Group.  The Human Resource Certification Preparation Program provides a comprehensive and affordable alternative for studying for the PHR ® and SPHR ® exams.  The HRCP Program features six units, one covering each functional area of the exam.

Each unit (noted below) is bound  separately and includes an index and a list of key terms. Along with more than 600 pages of instruction, the program provides review questions for each unit (300 questions total), and a comprehensive, 100 question practice exam.

  1. Strategic Management - Role of HR in Organizations; Budgeting, Controlling, and Measurement; HR Research; The Role of HR in International Business; Organizational Leadership and Management; Ethics; Organizational Strategy; Organizational Environments; Organizational Design and Development; Employee Involvement Strategies                          
  2. Workforce Planning and Employment - Employment Discrimination; Human Resources Planning; Job Analysis, Job Description and Job Selection; Recruitment; Selection; Organizational Exit; International HR Management
  3. Human Resources Development - Training and Development in the Organization; Principles of Training and Development; Training and Development Techniques; Presenting the Training; Evaluation of Training Effectiveness; Training Programs; Performance Management; Change Management; Organizational Development (OD) Interventions
  4. Compensation and Benefits - Compensation Philosophy and Strategy;  The Wage-level Decision; Job Evaluation Methods; Job Pricing and Pay rate Administration; Economic Factors Affecting Compensation; Incentive Compensation Systems;  Tax and Accounting Treatment of Compensation and Benefit Programs; International HR Compensation Issues; Evaluating Total Compensation Strategy & Program Effectiveness; Employee Benefit Programs; Managing Employee Benefit Programs; Compensation Laws and Regulations
  5. Employee Labor Relations -Early Labor Movement; Union Representation of Employees; Employer Unfair Labor Practices; Union Unfair Labor Practices, Strikes, and Boycotts; Collective Bargaining; Maintaining Nonunion Status; Grievance Systems; Employee Discipline Systems; Individual Employment Rights; Workforce Behavior Problems; Public Sector Labor Relations; Employee Attitudes and Satisfaction; International Labor Relations
  6. Occupational Health, Safety and Security - Laws and Regulations Relating to Occupational Health, Safety and Security; Health; Safety; Security

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 with more than 500 convenient, business card-sized flash cards.

HRP of Central PA has negotiated a special price for its members of approximately $295 ($50 off the regular price) for the Complete HRCP Program.  Instructions on ordering materials for the course will be communicated to all registered participants from the current Professional Development Chair.  The instructions will include the Group ID number which is needed in order to receive the discounted rate.  Once you receive the Group ID Number, you can go to, indicate that you wish to purchase the Complete Program, and enter the Group ID Number where it asks for the Group ID Number.  The discounted price will be reflected in your total.

Contact Information

You may contact our Professional Development Chair at if you have any questions regarding registration, course or course materials and any general certification questions.