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Senior Professional In Human Resources

In this program you will learn about the five functional areas, Business Management and Strategy, Workforce Planning and Employment, Human Resource Development, Compensation and Benefits, Employee and Labor Relations and Risk Management, that will prepare you for the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) exam. The SPHR exam, or the SHRM-SCP exam, is critical if you are wanting to move up in Human Resources, as it measures your strategic ability and your ability to join HR processes into the big picture of the organization.

If you are already working in HR this program will prepare you to move into higher levels such as an HR Manager or if you have been out of HR for a while this program will help refresh and prepare you to re-enter the field.

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Senior Professional In Human Resources

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Senior Professional In Human Resources Details + Objective

Course Code: GES434

You Will Learn
  • Understand the job duties and pay of a senior human resources professional
  • Learn the core knowledge and the functional areas of the SPHR exam.
  • Know how to formulate and execute a strategic plan for your department and the organization
  • Understand how to monitor your organization's progress in hiring, retaining, and promoting people who are in protected categories
  • Participate in talent and performance management as a senior human resources professional
  • Know your role in various aspects of labor legislation and labor relations
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare for a career as an HR manager, HR director, chief HR officer, or HR business partner
  • Work toward earning your Senior Professional Human Resources certification (SPHR) Administered by Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and/or SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) Administered by SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management)
  • Learn the legal and communication skills needed to succeed in human resources
Senior Professional In Human Resources Outline
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Module 1

Explore the world of the HR manager and fulfill core knowledge requirements.

Module 2

Study business strategy and management, as well as workforce planning and employment methods.

Module 3

Continue learning about workforce planning and employment, and know how to grow human resources within an organization.

Module 4

Learn about compensation and benefits, as well as employee and labor regulations.

Module 5

Study risk management, employee rights, and discipline.

Module 6

Cover international human resources, HR strategy, high performance work systems, and prepare for your certification exams.

Program Details

I.    The World of the HR Manager
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    What Do HR Managers Do All Day?
            D.    The Basics of SPHR Certification
            E.     The Content of the Certification Exam  
            F.     Review and Reflect

II    Core Knowledge Requirements
            A.     Reading Assignment
            B.     Introduction
            C.     Training and Needs Assessment
            C.     Managing Third-Party Contracts
            D.     Communication Challenges
            E.      Accurate Documentation
            F.      Employee Learning and Motivation
            G.     Diversity and Ethics
            H.     Management and Technology
            I.      Analysis and Organizational Structures
            J.      Environmental Scanning, Budgeting, and Attitude Assessment
            K.     Risk Management
            L.      Review and Reflect

III    Business Strategy and Management
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    The Rewards and Challenges of Working in HR
            D.    Planning, Mission, Vision, and Values
            E.    The Strategic Planning Process
            F.    Evaluating Your Organization's Strengths and Weaknesses
            G.    Identifying a Corporate Strategy
            H.    Implementing and Evaluating a Strategic Plan
            I.     Developing Strategic Relationships
            J.     Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
            K.    Corporate Governance and HR Metrics
            L.     Review and Reflect

IV     Workforce Planning and Employment, Part 1
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Employment Laws and the HR Manager
            D.    Training Supervisors and Managers in Employment Law
            E.     Understanding and Applying the Uniform Guidelines
            F.     The EEOC and Affirmative Action
            G.     Review and Reflect

V.    Workforce Planning and Employment, Part 2
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Job Analysis
            D.    Job Analysis (Continued)
            E.     Job Descriptions
            F.     Job Design
            G.    Recruiting and Hiring Employees
            H.    Employee Selection
            I.     Pre-Employment Tests
            J.     Replacement Charts and Succession Planning
            K.    Review and Reflect

VI.    Developing Human Resources Within an Organization
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Talent Management
            D.    Performance Management
            E.    The Performance Appraisal Process
            F.    Creating Effective Training Sessions
            G.    Meeting the Changing Needs of Your Employees
            H.    Human Resources Metrics
            I.     The Role of the Senior Human Resources Professional
            J.     Review and Reflect


VII    Compensation and Benefits
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Rewarding Employees
            D.    Compensating Employees
            E.     Executive Compensation Packages
            F.     Benefits
            G.    Communicating Benefits
            H.    The Role of the Senior HR Professional
             I.     Review and Reflect

VIII     Employee and Labor Relations
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Labor Legislation
            D.    Employee Relations
            E.    Employee Productivity
            F.    Diversity
            G.    Disputes and Arbitration
            H.    Labor Relations and Unions
            I.     The Role of the Senior HR Professional
            J.     Review and Reflect

VIIII     Risk Management
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Risk Management Process
            D.    Managing Workplace Privacy
            E.    Occupational Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
            F.    The Role of the Senior HR Professional
            G.    Review and Reflect

X    Employee Rights and Discipline
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Employee Rights and Discipline
            C.    Employee Rights and Discipline
            D.    Whistleblowing
            E.    Employee Privacy Rights
            F.    Off-duty Conduct
            G.    Body Art, Grooming, and Attire
            H.    Real World Disciplinary Processes
             I.    Terminations
             J.    The Role of the Senior Human Resources Professional
            K.    Review and Reflect

XI     International Human Resources
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Why Work in Another Country?
            D.    Analyzing Your International Environment Using PEST
            E.    Managing an International Environment
            F.    Selecting Employees for International Assignment
            G.    Why Expats Fail
            H.     International Compensation
             I.     Expat Performance Appraisals (EPA)
             J.    The International Labor Environment
            K.     Review and Reflect

XII    Implementing HR Strategy, High Performance Work Systems
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    Fundamental Principles of a HPWS
            D.    Shared Information and Trust
            E.    Learning and Knowledge Development
            F.    Linking Performance and Rewards
            G.    Designing High-Performance Work Systems (HPWS)
            H.    Leadership Roles and Management Processes
             I.    Strategic Alignment
             J.    Implementing the HPWS
            K.    Review and Reflect

XIII    Getting Ready for Your Certification Exam
            A.    Reading Assignment
            B.    Introduction
            C.    HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
            D.    The SPHR Exam
            E.    The SPHR Body of Knowledge Areas
            F.    What to Expect on the SPHR Exam
            G.    Getting Ready for the SPHR Exam
            H.    Recertification
             I.    Review and Reflect


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Senior Professional In Human Resources Instructors
Anna Smith

Anna Smith has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Spalding University and a master's degree in Management from Webster University. She also has a SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources Certificate) from the Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM-SCP, (SHRM Senior Certified Professional) and a Masters Online Teaching Certificate from the University of Illinois. Anna has worked in the field of human resources as a human resource representative for more than 25 years. Her experience spans many areas of human resources including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans. She is also an adjunct professor, teaching college-level human resource courses online.

Prerequisites / Requirements

This program will prepare you to sit for the HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute) SPHR exam. In order to qualify for the SPHR Certification, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Masters degree or higher
  • Have at least five years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Bachelors degree


  • Have at least seven years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a high school diploma.

This program will also prepare you to sit for SHRM (Society for Human Resources) SHRM-SCP exam.

The qualifications to sit for this exam are:

  • HR Related program + 6 years in HR role


  • 7 years in HR role with no HR related program
  • HR Related Bachelors Degree + 4 years in HR role


  • Non-HR Bachelors Degree + 5 years in HR role
  • HR Related Graduate Degree + 3 years in HR role


  • Non-HR Graduate Degree + 4 years in HR role

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection and e-mail account. We recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer in place of other Web browsers. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program. Click Here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click Here to download the Flash Player.

The following required textbooks are included in your enrollment:

  • Managing Human Resources
  • PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Deluxe Study Guide
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How long does it take to complete a program?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

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Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
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If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Does this program prepare for a certification?

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Senior Professional Human Resources certification (SPHR) exam, administered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) exam.

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