Announces Two Low Cost Options for Certification Preparation and Re-Certification, to Fit Anyone's Budget (Revised for Clarification)

Retraction of Press Release Issued June 13, 2013

On Thursday June 13, 2013, issued a press release announcing “Two Low Cost Options for Certification Preparation and Re-Certification, to Fit Anyone’s Budget”. would like to issue a retraction and clarification on this release to emphasize that this offering is in no way affiliated with either HRCI or SHRM. This press release was intended to promote a show special and a product launch that is simply being offered and announced at the Annual SHRM Conference and Exposition being held in Chicago June 16-19th. The following is a Revised Release.

SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition Chicago/ Aurora, Ontario —, the largest social network for human resources (HR) professionals with over 220,000 members globally, is pleased to announce two new products to help educate HR professionals and enable them to stay on top of the latest best practices and standards.

Currently, the national pass rates are only 59% for PHR, and 48% for SPHR – depicting how challenging these exams are to write. has teamed up with The Human Resource Certification Preparation (HRCP) Program to facilitate an instructor-led course, blended with experienced personnel, offering 30 to 36 hours of individual guidance and instruction. This Preparation Course package offered by is so comprehensive and effective that is guaranteeing the participants will pass their PHR/SPHR online exam, or will return the entire cost of the Preparation Course.

“Attending a PHR/SPHR prep course can be a highly effective way to prepare for the certification exam”, says Terri Zaugg, HRCP’s business manager. “Not only do you have an instructor whose knowledge or expertise may exceed your own, but their experience in helping others prepare for the exam is of great value. Working together with a peer group provides support and encouragement, as well collective experience to draw from throughout the duration of the course.”

Registration also includes the HRCP Program which is comprised of six units covering all functional areas tested on the exam, hundreds of flash cards, and online access to over 800 practice questions. The virtual classes are small and personal (12-15 students per online class) and very flexible scheduling allows registrants to conveniently fit the course into their busy calendar. The next series of classes begins in July to prepare for the December exam session. For more information on the course or future dates, visit the Preparation Course Info Page.

A growing number of HR professionals are seeking career advancement, increased job security, and overall expanded knowledge in best practices and core principles of HR management. HRCI is the global leader in the HR space for certification, which is one of the most effective ways for HR professionals to set themselves apart from others by showcasing their commitment.

In addition to the PHR/SPHR test preparation program, is also announcing the most comprehensive offering of re-certification credits. HR professionals are now able to obtain all the required re-certification credits (webcasts and e-learning credits) for HRCI re-certification, WorldatWork credits where applicable, as well as credits for IHR certification across 23 specialty areas.

HR professionals looking to certify can compare to other suppliers’ offerings:

– Unlimited free webcasts
– $40 per e-learning credit (available July 1st) or unlimited for $200 per year
– Total re-certification cost with $200
– Total re-certification cost for people attending the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition is only $150, available in booth #1855 or online at
– Over 3,500 webcasts and 350 e-learning credits to choose from, all HRCI approved
– webcasts also count towards World@Work and IHR Certification programs

– Up to $199 for each webcast (PHR, SPHR, and GPHR need at least 20 of these to recertify online)
– $60 – $150 for each e-learning credit (PHR, SPHR, GPHR require 40 of these to recertify online)
– Total re-certification cost $1500 or more

Individuals looking to obtain re-certification credits at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition are invited to drop by the booth in Chicago June 16-19, 2013 to obtain code and save an additional $50 off an Certification Preparation Membership. The show special of $150 saves $50 off the all inclusive membership which gives HR professionals everything they need to re-certify their PHR, SPHR, or GPHR.

The HR Certificate Institute (HRCI) is the leading certifying organization for HR professionals worldwide offering professional certifications, including those for Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Global Professional in Human Resources (GHRP). All courses offered by must adhere to the guidelines established by HRCI to be a qualifying credit.

About, the largest global social networking and resource site for HR Professionals, is THE ONLY place to earn IHR (Institute for Human Resources), HRCI and WorldatWork credits all at the same time for NO COST. is committed to providing a deeper understanding of the HR function for 220,000+ members by offering 23 Certification Programs, 3,500+ webcasts, 230+ virtual conferences, blogs, community networks, industry news and advisory boards.

About HRCP
Since 1995, HRCP has been dedicated to helping individuals prepare for the PHR and SPHR Certification Exams. The HRCP Program is a comprehensive set of study materials, which includes six units (one covering each area tested on the exam), a set of flash cards (over 600 terms and definitions), and online access to over 800 review questions.

For more information, contact:
Debbie McGrath
Chief Instigator and CEO
1-877-472-6648, ext. 104