HR Professional Certification Prep

HR Certification Preparation Course for PHR/SPHR and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP

Certification is a higher standard than having a certificate of completion. A person who is certified has approval from an accredited body to use designatory letters after his/her name. The letters inform employers and co-workers that you have both experience and subject matter knowledge of the field. Obtaining certification demonstrates your understanding of necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in the human resources field, and demonstrates experience at a professional level in the field. This is why being certified as a human resource professional has become increasingly important for advancing in this exciting field.

Utilizing the Human Resources Certification Preparation (HRCP) test preparation materials, this course is designed to provide a structured, instructor-led program for students planning to take the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) Professionals in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professionals in Human Resources (SPHR) exam. 

The course covers the competencies included in the HRCI exam: Business Management Leadership and Strategy, Talent Planning and Acquisition, Learning and Development, Total Rewards, Employee and Labor Relations, Employee Engagement. This course covers the changes HRCI implemented in August 2018 to the certification exam. The HRCP text and materials used in this course supports preparation for the current HRCI exams.

For additional information, contact the LMU Extension at (310) 338-1971 or

  • The course will be offered online via zoom.

    Begins: Spring 2021
    Meets: Wednesday Nights, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
    Format: Webinar Conference
    Course: PRNX 830.02



  • Caryn Ratcliff, SPHR, is a Human Resources Consultant for York Holmes Consulting, Inc. providing human resources services to meet the needs of employers in a variety of industries and multi-state locations.  Caryn’s 30 plus years of human resources experience include national and global experience working in a variety of industries including Aerospace and Manufacturing, Distribution, Publishing, Banking and Education.  She has partnered with senior leadership to implement and drive continuous improvement to align the needs of key stakeholders and business units, created and implemented compensation and performance management systems and facilitated training on a variety of topics including but not limited to compensation, performance management, employee development, continuous improvement and principles and qualities of genuine leadership. Caryn is skilled at working with diversified and multi-cultural workforces.  She has hands-on experience with change management, employee and labor relations, succession planning and employee/leadership development.

    Caryn is a graduate of CSU, Long Beach with a master’s degree in Counseling and a graduate of UC, Santa Barbara with a double major in Developmental Psychology and Sociology. She also maintains a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certificate Institute (HRCI).  She is an active member of Society of Human Recourses Management (SHRM) and Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and currently volunteers as Treasurer and Secretary for the PIHRA South Bay Chapter.


    • California State University, Long Beach
      • MA – Counseling
      • BA – Developmental Psychology & Sociology
    • University of California, Santa Barbara


    • Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)
      • 2019 Secretary, PIHRA South Bay Chapter
      • 2020 Treasurer & Secretary, PIHRA South Bay Chapter
    • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)