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Certification Committee

Committee Chair: Azita Hirsa, Ph.D.


Committee Members: Mat Petrin, SPHR®/SHRM-SCP®; Loretta Kuhland, SPHR®/SHRM-SCP®; Sherri L. Donnelly, SHRM-SCP®, SPHR®, CEBS; 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.





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:

The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI® does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.
PHR® and SPHR® are all registered trademarks of HR Certification Institute.


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:  Mondays 6:00pm - 8:00pm starting February 19th through April 23, 2018




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 Preparation Course at the College of Saint Rose


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


An instructor-led preparation course is offered through The College of Saint Rose. Classes begin on Thursday February 8 and run through April 19 from 6:00 – 9:15, with Monday April 23 for the final exam and review session.

For more information, please visit: , call 518-454-5144, or email

** A 10% discount is being offered for CRHRA members who wish to take the Saint Rose SHRM® course. To receive this discount, please contact Ms. Susan Patterson at

Updated: January 2018









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