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Certification Committee

Committee Chair: Azita Hirsa, Ph.D.


Committee Members: Kimberly Roselle, SPHR; Valarie Ruff, SPHR; Kelli Schreivogl, SPHR; Laura Weinreb, SPHR; Sherri Donnelly, 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.  


Update:  January 2017


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


**Spring 2017 News**
Our Study Group provides the body of knowledge required to take the
SHRM and PHR/SPHR Tests.

Registration for the Fall Study Group begins on January 23 through noon on February 6, 2017



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, Albany, NY.


Study Group Schedule:       Mondays 6:00pm - 8:00pm starting February 20 through April 24, 2017


Exam Registration, Requirements, Deadlines, & Fees:


For the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam, please go to for more information.

For the PHR or SPHR exam, please go to for more information.


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:

Spring Study Group -> February 24th

Fall Study Group -> September 30th 

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.









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