GREENSBURG, PA- Seton Hill College is proud to offer the preparatory course for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification examinations. In response to requests from students, graduates and community leaders for a convenient, quality provider, Seton Hill is one of only six sites licensed in Pennsylvania to provide this professional training. The class will be held on 7 Saturdays, starting on January 26th and concluding April 20th. Five classes will be held 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and two classes will be held 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Course content reflects the general body of knowledge tested by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). The 7-week program is designed for HR managers and professionals who wish to enhance Human Resource Management implementation at the workplace. This course also provides the opportunity to obtain an overview of the key areas in Human Resource Management, prepare for the PHR/SPHR examinations and reinforce current expertise in Human Resource Management. Officially sanctioned by SHRM, Seton Hill College plans to offer the program twice a year, in the fall and spring. Seating will be limited. "As an academic institution we are supportive of the efforts in the Human Resource area to assure high levels of performance in this professional area by having a certification," said Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. "The course offering allows professionals to review major areas of study and assure they are current in the field in relation to theory and practice." Catherine Giunta, SPHR, assistant professor of management at Seton Hill and WHRA college relations chair, will instruct this program with Helen Shirey, current President of the WHRA. "It is becoming increasingly important to be certified in the human resource management field," Giunta said, noting that certification verifies that the holder is up to date on policies and practices. "Employers are increasingly looking at certification or an interest in obtaining certification when they interview applicants. In addition, Seton Hill's class offers professionals the benefit of cost-savings on text materials, plus the opportunity to ask questions of the facilitator and other professionals in the class." The registration fee of $630 will be discounted for WHRA members to $520. This fee includes the most recent edition of the college version of the SHRM Learning System. Students in the class must meet eligibility requirements for the PHR and SPHR exams; HRCI certification exam requirements are listed on the SHRM website at For more information on the class held at Seton Hill College, please contact the Office of Graduate and Adult Studies at 724-838-4228 or