PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

Certificate Overview

Prepare for your PHR and/or SPHR Certification Exam with a program that consistently achieves up to a 100% pass rate for its students!

As the human resource profession continues to evolve, HR professionals are taking on broader and more strategic responsibilities within their organizations. With this expanded role, it is critical that professionals stay up to date on core human resource principles and disciplines.

Certification provides:

  • Public recognition of professional achievement
  • An aid for career advancement
  • Increased self confidence
  • An opportunity to distinguish yourself among other HR professionals
  • A personal challenge
  • Respect and credibility

CSU's highly successful PHR/SPHR certification preparation program is designed for HR professionals who want a review before taking the PHR or SPHR certification exams, have increased responsibilities and want a broad-based refresher, or are returning to the field for an update of current practices. The program is also ideal for PHR-certified professionals seeking to upgrade their certification to a senior level.

Take advantage of a Colorado State University education without having to come to the Ft. Collins campus or interrupt your work schedule. Our program is offered in downtown Denver during convenient weekend and evening hours, and your registration includes the highly respected HRCP (Human Resources Certification Preparation) Learning System, complete with 6 learning modules, pre-printed flashcards, and numerous online practice exams – a $445 value.

Come check us out! Choose from our 6-session alternating Saturday course – or our 13-session Wednesday night course. Plus – a CSU exclusive! – a special 2-hour evening session devoted to students registered for or considering taking the SPHR certification exam.

Click here to access the answers to frequently asked questions and for more information and details on the certification exams.

Textbooks, Online Resources, & Materials

CSU utilizes the HRCP Learning System, which includes the following features and benefits:

  • Six module-specific workbooks that correlate with the HRCI Body of Knowledge.
  • Content updates based on legislative updates and the most recent HR developments, as well as feedback from HR professionals, academics, and other subject matter experts.
  • Interactive discussions that focus on real-life situations faced by HR professionals.
  • Pre-printed flashcards color-coded for each module.
  • Online practice tests so you can test your knowledge and better prepare for the certification exams.
  • Test-taking tips and other valuable study resources.


Debi Chernak

Debi Chernak

Debi Chernak, SPHR, is a human resources consultant specializing in strategic and workforce planning, corporate/employment branding, HR and business management, recruiting and retention of top talent, employee relations and engagement, organization development, culture and values, performance, compensation, benefits, and legal compliance.

Debi currently serves as Director of HR for IntelePeer, a B2B cloud communications company and an HR/OD consultant to start-up, growth, and restructuring companies. Since moving to Colorado from Northern Virginia/Maryland in 1996, she has served as Director of HR & Employee Engagement with Unisyn Medical Technologies in Golden and Consensys Imaging Service in Cary, IL; Director of HR, Branding & Engagement with The Affinity Corporation; Director of Human Resources for Aztek Networks in Boulder; and VP, Human Resources & Administration for Live Wire Networks in Denver.

Debi graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Sellinger School of Business & Management at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland; and holds a master's degree in organizational performance & change from Colorado State University. She passed her PHR certification in 1997 and has been SPHR certified since 2001.

Gayle Henderson

Gayle Henderson

Gayle Henderson, SPHR brings a broad background of knowledge to share. Her career experience spans multiple industries, including high tech manufacturing, commercial food production, energy, automotive, and professional services through roles in both management and human resources. Her goals include aligning organizational practices with organizational goals to maximize business efficiencies and increase revenue while limiting liability exposure. She currently holds the HR Director role at Advanced Assembly, a low-volume, quick turn circuit board manufacturer.

Gayle has a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education in organizational performance and change from Colorado State University; and has been SPHR certified since 2001.

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