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Certification Committee

Committee Chair: Azita Hirsa, Ph.D.


Committee Members: Mat Petrin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; Loretta Kuhland, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; Kathy Landolfi Ozimek, SHRM-SCP; Valarie Ruff, SPHR; Kelli Schreivogl, SPHR


Purpose/Mission: The Certification Committee assists HR professionals obtain and/or retain the desired HR certification through study preparation groups, opportunities for recertification credits, and programs of scholarships and sponsorships.  At this time, a study preparation group for the PHR and SPHR certifications is held each spring and fall prior to the designated exam testing windows.  


Please contact Dr. Azita Hirsa with any questions regarding the study group




**Fall 2017 News**
Our Study Group provides the body of knowledge required to take the PHR/SPHR Exams.
For more information on the PHR or SPHR exam registration, requirements, deadlines and fees,
please visit the HR Certification Institute:

Registration for the Fall Study Group begins on August 22 through noon on September 6, 2017

Register Here! 



Study group participation is limited with priority to current qualified CRHRA members who intend to sit for exams in the upcoming testing window. Non-members (including non-active members) may register through the link and will be placed on a waiting list. Study group size is limited to 15 participants. 


Study Group Cost:  $295 for CRHRA Members ($325 for non-members).
Course materials and instruction are included in the cost of the study group 
Instruction/Materials:  CRHRA uses the materials provided by Human Resource Certification Preparation (HRCP) 
Location:  CRHRA Headquarters, 230 Washington Avenue Extension, Suite 101, Albany, NY  
Study Group Schedule:  Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. starting September 20 through November 22, 2017 




Dennis Ryan Scholarship



To award up to $250 per spring and fall SPHR/PHR study group to one study group participant, to help offset costs associated with the study group, study materials, and the cost of the test.


Interested participants should obtain a Scholarship Request Form by emailing The deadlines for submitting the completed form back to this email address are as follows:

Fall Study Group -> September 30th

Spring Study Group -> February 24th 

Scholarship Award:

The scholarship award will generally be paid by check from CRHRA by April 30th (spring study group) or November 30th (fall study group). Payment is contingent upon meeting eligibility criteria at the time of payment.


SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification


For SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) please visit


For the instructor-led preparation course offered through The College of Saint Rose, please visit:

Updated: August 2017









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