Certification Classes

Earning your HR certification credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge
and skills.

Why get certified? HR certification is a career-long commitment that shows your peers, your employees and your organization that you have mastered the core HR principles and that you are dedicated to staying current in your profession.

The certification prep course is delivered by facilitators who are certified and experienced HR practitioners and subject-matter experts. Class time is supplemented with out-of-class readings and practice exams.

If you would like more information on certification, please send an email to certification@ieshrm.org.  You can view the benefits of certification with the YouTube links below:


Richard Dawson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, PHRca, HRPM, sHRBP, is a highly tactical strategist with extensive HR management experience.  He is a full-fledged generalist with industry acumen spanning employee relations, strategic management, talent acquisition, training and development, organizational effectiveness, talent management and full-cycle human resources. He is also senior certified in Federal and California Employment Laws, as well as, certified in CUE, Labor/Employee Relations.

Additionally, Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University and HR Instructor at University of La Verne, teaching the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP classes, Director of Certification for IE-SHRM teaching the PHR/SPHR and SHRM CP/SCP classes to HR professionals in Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Orange County. Previously, with IE-SHRM, held positions such as, President, Vice-President, Vice-President of Finance, Treasurer and Membership Chair.

As a board member, he has held various positions including Director of Communication and Director of Certification for CalSHRM, Vice-President of Leadership for PIHRA as well as, National SHRM roles as Diversity & Inclusion Expertise Panel and currently, Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Expertise Panel. Richard believes that his greatest role is paying it forward, by assisting others with their success and he looks forward to working with you.

PHR & SPHR - Spring 2018

The Human Resources Certification Program (HRCP) course will be delivered by facilitators who are certified and experienced HR practitioners and subject-matter experts. Class time is supplemented with out-of-class readings and practice exams.

The six modules and materials are based on the 2017 HR Body of Knowledge.

March 31, 2018 - Introductions / Handouts / Distribute Books
April 7, 2018 - Business Management & Strategy
April 14, 2018 - Workforce Planning and Employment
April 21, 2018 - Human Resource Development
April 28, 2018  - Compensation and Benefits
May 5, 2018 - Employee and Labor Relations
May 12, 2018 - Risk Management

SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP - September 2018

10 Saturday Classes | 4 Hours Each

SHRM announces the new SHRM credentials, SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). The program covers the entire Body of Competencies and Knowledge (BOCK).

Session 1   - Introductions and Materials, Course Preparation Discussion and HR Competencies
Session 2  - Business and HR Strategy
Session 3  - Talent Acquisition/Retention and Employment Engagement
Session 4  - Total Reward
Session 5  - Learning/Development and Organizational Effectiveness and Development
Session 6  - Structure of the HR Function, Workforce Management and Employee Relations
Session 7  - Technology & Data and HR in Global Context
Session 8  - Diversity / Inclusion, Risk Management and Corporate Social Responsibility
Session 9 - US Employment Laws and Regulations
Session 10  - Practice Exam and Discussion

SHRM Certifications SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Receive Accreditation!
On November 15, 2016, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced that its SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exams were accredited, a pronouncement that the HR credentials meet the highest standards in testing. The Buros Center for Testing, a premier test review center located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, accredited SHRM Certification less than two years after the credentials were launched.

Time, Pricing & Location

Register & Pay Here

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

8:00 AM to Noon

Members $895

Non-Member $1,095
Organizations registering 3 or more individuals will receive a 15% discount.

University of La Verne
3237 Guasti Road

Monday, March 19, 2018, 5:00 PM, PST

Certification Exam

Applicants must meet the HRCI and SHRM eligibility criteria and must apply and register for the exam separately at www.hrci.org and www.shrm.org.


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Certification Testimonials

SHRM-CP Tesitmonial
By Jenifer Patten, MSHRM, SHRM-CP

Thank you Richard. I am still in disbelief and still shaking. I will definitely be celebrating this evening. I want to thank you because I feel that you effectively helped me in knowing how to break down each and every question by honing in on key words and being able to eliminate unnecessary options. I think along with knowledge and experience without you teaching that technique I don't know if I would have been able to pass. So thank you. For me, I believe the book and repeatedly taking the online test in the SHRM learning system both CP and SCP helped me with the knowledge questions and honestly, I would have to say that my experience helped me answer the situational judgment questions. Being exposed to various management styles, industries, and cultures really helped me answer those questions.

I did freak out once the time hit the 2 hour mark because I had only completed 106 questions and the situational judgment questions seemed to be ongoing and never ending. However, I completed the exam with an hour and 20 minutes left. I never flagged a question to go back and answer, I just went with my gut and answered the question and went to the next question. What I did use was the highlighter feature which helped me look at key words to answer the question. I must say, I am glad this adventure is over and I hope IE SHRM will take a chance on someone else by providing them with a full scholarship and see that its not in vain. Again, thank you for your effective teachings and tips as well as IE SHRM. I couldn't have done it without the support of you all.

PHR Testimonial
by Luis Villasenor, MBA, PHR

Hi, my name is Luis and the following is what it took for me to pass the PHR in 2017 and what I will use to prepare for the SRHM-SCP for 2018.

I was 25 and just completed my MBA from the University of Phoenix in March 2017 and immediately signed up for the PHR prep course. I started the prep course with 3 years of HR experience. On the first day of the prep course I met the instructor, Richard Dawson, I was immediately impressed with his credentials and his familiarity to speak on all HR functions. I listened intently, took notes, highlighted my books, circled and starred important topics. Everything in the prep books contained HR information that I never learned in my current job and quickly realized it would take serious determination to read, study and take practice test questions to receive certification. At the end of the prep course I signed up for the test so that I would force myself to continue to study, however, I did not feel ready to take the exam any time soon and luckily the test window became open for the full year. I was hired for a new HR position with a different employer but my new job came with increased responsibilities. I began working 10 to 12-hour days to fulfill my duties to my employer which left me little time to study. However, I still gave myself at least 1 hour every day to read, use flash cards, and pop quiz HR topics. On the weekends I would use Saturday to catch up for at least 6-8 hours and on Sunday review more flash cards. At that time, me and my girlfriend came to an agreement to set time to study our own respective courses and supported each other. This support was invaluable to know that I wasn’t the only one studying so intently.

Life also threw me a curve ball and my grandpa had a stroke which made me want to be around family and help him recover. I now spent at least 1-2 days a week visiting my grandpa and the rest of the days at least 1 hour to study and still use my weekends to catch up. I ended up using a full 180 days to study and review for the PHR through constraints from work, family, and life. Ultimately, I took and passed the PHR on December 7th, 2017 with a big smile and a weight off my shoulders. With my new certification I began looking for other opportunities.

By January 2018 I attained my dream employment opportunity and it was a direct result of my certification, education, and determination to do what was necessary to pass. My only advice for anyone seeking to improve their HR knowledge or attain a better employment position would be that there will always be obstacles that impede your success but it takes the determination to at least make the time to study to invest in your own success. Studying the HR functions will expose you to areas of HR unknown which will improve your familiarity and attaining a certification will set you apart in the HR applicant pool. For me, the SHRM-SCP is next, whatever it takes.