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HR Certification Prep Courses

Philly SHRM Certification Study Groups – Spring Study Group Registration Now Open!

Commit to Your Career

Establish yourself as a globally-recognized HR expert in 2018 by earning your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) certification. Prove your value to colleagues and employers with the credentials built on the SHRM BoCK™, which defines the standards for knowledge, strategies and competencies required for effective HR professionals around the world.

Choose Expert Leadership and Guidance

As a SHRM Chapter, our 12 week certification prep study group utilizes the 2018 SHRM Learning System, giving you access to the most comprehensive, effective and up-to-date exam preparation tools available.

Our chapter is committed to providing our members with quality programs to help advance your career. Our study group provides the following benefits:

  • Ensure that you understand and can apply the material tested on the exam
  • Keep on track with your HR studies
  • Discuss topics with peers from diverse backgrounds
    Grow your professional network

Instructor: Susan M. Tobias, SHRM-SCP, SPHR – Senior Director of Human Resources, F.A. Davis Company

Susan Tobias is Senior Director of Human Resources at F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, PA. F.A. Davis is a privately-owned publisher of medical, nursing and health professions textbooks and e-learning products. With broad experience in generalist roles, Susan’s current practice focuses on employee relations, performance management and training and development. She has been a member of SHRM for 17 years, receiving her certification in 2009. Susan received her B.S. in Organizational Behavior, summa cum laude, from Albright College. She is a member of PSI CHI, the International Honors Society for Psychology. Susan resides in Bucks County, PA.

Assistant Instructor: Yvonne Howard, SHRM-SCP, SPHR – Human Resources Manager, City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Property

Yvonne Howard is the Human Resources Manager for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Property. Ms. Howard has over 20 years of government experience with several years of teaching at Holy Family University. From these experiences she has attained a wealth of HR knowledge, consultant management and project management skills. Currently her responsibilities include managing the hiring, recruitment, payroll, benefits, leaves of absences, training development, labor relations, and safety functions. Additionally, Ms. Howard supports organizational strategic and change management initiatives, analyzes trends and forecasts, and develops and implements policies, procedures and short and long term goals. Ms. Howard participates in and consults on City-wide HR projects. She loves learning and believes that training and development are important tools to progress in the field and to stay abreast of changes impacting HR.

Ms. Howard holds an Associate degree in Business Finance from Community College of Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University and a Master’s of Human Resource Management from DeVry-Keller University. Ms. Howard’s passion is building youth. Therefore, in her spare time she spends time serving as a volunteer for community groups and helping with workforce planning initiatives to increase youth participation in career planning and awareness to city job opportunities.

Registration Information: 

Pricing (includes SHRM Learning System Participant Kit plus 12 weeks of study group):

Member – $850

Non-Member – $1050

*Save $45 (for members) by purchasing the participant kit through Philly SHRM rather than on your own PLUS get the 12 weeks of study groups included in your pricing… amazing value for your certification needs!

Courses will take place for 12 weeks on Wednesday evenings at 6pm, starting February 21st. Prep course will be a mix of in-person meetings as well as virtual.

In-person meetings will take place at F.A. Davis (1926 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA)

Register Here! 

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HRCI Certification

Philly SHRM has approved provider status through HRCI giving members the opportunity to pursue the HR Certification including PHR®/SPHR®/GPHR®. The HR Certification Institute outlines the process for the HCRI Recertification.. For information about the benefits of certification, the testing dates and locations, and related information, go to

SHRM Certification

Philly SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). The SHRM Certification preparation program includes:

  • the new global Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BoCK);
  • a comprehensive exam; and
  • the world-class instructional materials and certification preparation tools you have come to expect from SHRM.

For more information on the SHRM certification, go to