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PHR/SPHR Certification Training

Advance Your Career: HRCI Certification Preparation Courses

Earning your Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential will allow you to join the over 500,000 HRCI professionals worldwide who have proven they have the knowledge and ability to navigate the human resource field with efficiency and skill. 

 COVID-19 Considerations

  • Depending on the status of COVID-19 this course may switch to an online/hybrid format.
  • Classroom areas arranged to provide 6 feet of space between all attendees, as well as lunch and coffee breaks. 
  • Click here to view in person class policies for fall term.

Class Options

In Person Courses

Fall 2020 semester will offer in person courses on Saturdays. Classes will meet each week at our Irving campus from 8:00 AM to NOON or 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM depending on which course you take. Please Note: It is our intention to hold classes the entire term; however, depending on the status of COVID-19 this course may switch to an online live format.

Online Live Courses

Online Live classes are held online with a live instructor utilizing the University's LMS. The classes meet once a week for the times listed. We are offering a Thursday online live class, and a Saturday online live class. Students are required to have a web camera, microphone, and Internet access. 

Online Guided Study Courses

The online class allows students the freedom to participate online when it is most convenient for their schedule. This 13-week course requires students to engage and contribute weekly in the online classroom discussion boards and complete homework assignments and quizzes by assigned deadlines. Our instructor holds scheduled online real-time chat sessions. Students should use a web camera, microphone, and Internet access when participating in the chat sessions. Instructor will send session times and dates to students directly. This class is best for professionals who have a demanding schedule and would find it difficult to attend class at a regularly set time. The online course assumes students will spend at least 3-hours weekly working in the online classroom.

Please click here to read a public disclosure about this course.

Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Class

August 22 - October 24, 2020 (skips September 5 - Labor Day Weekend)

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This class will meet 9 sessions on Saturday mornings at the University of Dallas Campus. Room assignment is pending, and will be emailed to registered students. 

Modality: Live in person

Registration Deadline: August 5, 2020 

Please note: the capacity of this in person class is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a spot a student must register using the online registration form and submit their payment for the class. Social distancing measures will be taken to ensure the safety of students and instructor. Face masks (not provided) are required for all persons while on campus. If you have questions please contact us

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Tamara Trummer, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HR Director & HR Business Partner, HR Consulting Services - Plano
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certificate

Tamara Trummer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Tamara has an extensive HR background having worked for companies such as Ericsson, Inc., Anthelio Healthcare Services, Hadson Corporation, ADP, and SPR, Inc.  Her volunteer work includes serving as HR Committee Chair and Board of Directors member for My Possibilities, Attitudes & Attire, as well as holding volunteer leadership positions for several years on the local Dallas HR Management Association Board of Directors and HR Southwest Conference Board of Directors. 

Tamara has most recently worked as an HR Director and HRBP for Anthelio Healthcare Services, and in an HR Consulting capacity for a variety of small to mid-sized companies in industries which include transportation, commercial real estate, health care, sales, education, marketing, legal, and cosmetology.  She is currently working as a Career Consultant for the University of Texas –Dallas (UTD) in their Career Management Center, and is teaching a 12 - week HRCI certification study course at the University of Dallas.

Wednesday Evening Online Class

September 2 - November 18, 2020

06:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

This class will meet online for 12 sessions on Wednesday evenings.

Modality: Live Online

Registration Deadline: August 21, 2020

Please note: the capacity of this in person class is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a spot a student must register using the online registration form and submit their payment for the class. If you have questions please contact us

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Carol Rogers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Managing Director, Human Resources, Barings Multifamily Capital
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Carol Rogers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Carol has more than 20 years’ experience implementing and supporting the delivery of Human Resources strategy, initiatives, and programs through various Human Resources leadership roles and in a variety of different industries.  

Her Human Resources experience includes company-wide HRIS implementations, acquisition integrations, and Human Resources operational initiatives. Ms. Rogers specializes in partnering with business leaders to influence and lead organizational design and change, resource planning, and innovative customer-focused strategies that align with the organization’s needs.

Carol is HRCI certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as the Society of Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She holds a MBA in Management from University of Arlington and a BBA in Human Resources Management from University of North Texas.  

Thursday Evening Class - Class is Full

The Thursday Evening Class is Full. If you register for this class, you will be put on the waitlist.

September 10 - December 3, 2020 (skips November 26)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Thursday evenings)

Modality: Online Live

Registration Deadline: August 27, 2020

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Arthur Ferrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director, Employee Relations, Parkland Health and Hospital System
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Arthur Ferrell is the Director, Employee Relations for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Arthur is responsible for the development and implementation of the long-term strategies for Employment Practices that will allow Parkland to create and sustain a healthy and productive and civil work environment; and which leads to Parkland consistently being regarded as a great place to work.

Prior to Parkland, Arthur has served in various industries, to include the Senior Director, Human Resources for Conifer Health Solutions, the Vice President/Divisional HR Manager for Comerica Bank and in Director, Human Resources roles at the Texas Health Resources, Pier 1 Imports and Yum Brands (Pizza Hut).

Arthur holds an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has also earned his professional designations as both a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI); as a Society of Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management. Arthur has been an adjunct facilitator for the University of Dallas since 2003, where he has facilitated and instructed the study course for Human Resources professional seeking their Professional in Human Resources – PHR; Senior Professional in Human Resources – SPHR or Global Professional in Human Resources – GPHR certifications.

Saturday Class Online Live

October 10, 2020 - December 19, 2020

Class Dates: October 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Modality: Online Live

Registration Deadline: September 24, 2020

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Susan Frear, Ph.D., SPHR

Assistant Vice President at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Dr. Susan Frear, SPHR

Dr. Susan Frear is the Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas.  Prior to her work at the Bank, she was the Director of Education for two nonprofit organizations, the Center for Nonprofit Management and Dallas HR (a local SHRM affiliated chapter).  She has a background in employee development and operations management in the manufacturing, higher education and nonprofit sectors. 

She recently received her doctorate from the University of North Texas in the College of Information’s Applied Technology and Performance Improvement department.  She has had the opportunity to actively explore the intersection between academic research in performance and the practical application of best practices in the talent management arena.  Susan’s areas of interest in the human resource field include performance management, data analytics, change management, technology, and strategy.  Susan has been providing support to HR professionals preparing to sit for the PHR/SPHR for over five years.

Online Guided Study Class

September 14 - December 7, 2020

The online class has no set meeting time. Students are expected to complete assignments by deadlines as set on the syllabus. The instructor will coordinate live online class discussion times throughout the term.

Modality: Online - Guided Self-Study

Registration Deadline: August 26, 2020

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Donna Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

VP Human Resources, Fresenius Medical Care
Instructor for PHR/SPHR Certification

Donna Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Donna has extensive human resources experience and is Vice President, Human Resources for Fresenius Kidney Care, North America’s leading provider of dialysis services and products to more than 139,000 patients with chronic kidney disease.   She’s held Vice President positions for previous organizations including Ernst & Young, Brink’s Home Security and ACE America’s Cash Express.  Prior to Fresenius Kidney Care, she was CHRO for Sonic Healthcare USA, Inc.

 Areas of expertise include mergers/acquisitions, strategic planning, and improving HR financials.  In addition to teaching this certification course, she has also been an instructor of this course at UT-Austin and University of Houston.  She’s been teaching this class for more than 20 years.

 Donna served as Executive Director of the HRSouthwest Conference and is Past President of the Dallas HR Management Association.  Her education includes an MBA in Human Resources from the University of Texas at Arlington and a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.

 Tuition and Discounts

$1,350 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition

$1,215 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition

$1,215 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition (Early Bird Rate)

$1,094 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition (Early Bird Rate) 

 Early Bird Discount:

Students can earn an early bird discount by completing the registration process (including full payment) by the early bird deadline. The early bird period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit the online registration form, and submit full payment prior to the early bird deadline (see registration deadline section for deadline information). 


Discounts are offered for UD Alumni and Students, UD Employees, Government Employees (federal and local), US Veterans, and SHRM or Dallas HR members. To qualify for the discount, students will be asked to provide an active .edu or .gov email; UD ID; or membership number.

Materials can only be shipped (via FedEx) once payment has been received.

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Registration and  Deadlines

Registration Deadlines:

Class Registration Deadline Early Bird Registration Deadline
Saturday 8-12p August 26 August 12
Wednesday August 21 August 2
Thursday August 27 August 10
Saturday (half days) September 24 September 10
Online August 26 August 14

Early bird registration period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit (online) the registration form, and submit payment prior to the early bird deadline.

To register click here.

Payment Options

The University of Dallas can accept cash, check, or credit card payments. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express using our online payment portal. Cash is accepted at our Business Office ONLY. Checks can be mailed to: 

University of Dallas - Executive Education
Attn: Kathy Whitgrove
1845 E. Northgate Drive
Irving, TX 75062

Payment Arrangement

For students who need a little help, we have a payment arrangement option available. This allows tuition to be broken down into multiple payments. Executive Education students who wish to participate will be required to fill out an additional online form during the registration process.

The payment arrangement splits tuition as follows:

  • Payment 1: $500
  • Payment 2: $500
  • Payment 3: $350 

If a discount applies to you it will be deducted as part of the final payment.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Kathy Whitgrove at 972-721-5298 or via email.

Course Materials

HRCP BooksOur class uses the Complete HRCP Program: Print Edition (2020 edition).  Along with more than seven-hundred pages of instruction, the program provides:

  • an online study guide;
  • two sets of online review questions for each unit; and
  • two online, comprehensive one-hundred question practice exams. 

UD Parking Pass for duration of the course will be shipped with materials.

Materials can only be shipped to you via FedEx once payment has been received.

About the Exam

Contact UD

For more information about this course, discount information, or help registering please contact Kathy Whitgrove via email or 972-721-5298. 

Why our program?

Our PHR and SPHR preparation classes take an in-depth look at the five areas that make up the HR Body of Knowledge as set forth by HRCI and the concepts and best practices that will be on the HRCI certification exams.

Our experienced instructors are experts in the HR field and will guide you on your path to certification while you:

  • learn practical information and real life examples that can apply in your daily job immediately;
  • receive thorough preparation from an accredited university; and
  • join a network of some of the top HR professionals in the nation.

The UD PHR/SPHR Exam pass rate is 25% higher than the national average. If you enroll in one of our courses and fail to pass your certification exam, you can retake the course for only $100.

Why HRCI Certification?

The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) with a 40 year legacy sets the gold standard in HR certification. HRCI sets the standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe.  HRCI is the sole provider of HR certifications supported by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies’ (NCCA) rigorous standards.

Learn about HRCI.

Learn about PHR Certification.

Learn about SPHR Certification.

Public Disclosure

Please click here to read a public disclosure about this course.

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