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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College will offer a Human Resource Certification Preparation workshop beginning on August 13, 2009.

The six module curriculum has been designed by subject matter experts from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and will be taught Betty McHale, a local instructor committed to the Human Resource field and who has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. The program includes application exercises that develop specific human resource competencies and decision-making skills that are tested on the Human Resource Certification Institute’s (HRCI) Certification exam.

The six modules covered in the course include Strategic Management, Workforce Planning and Employment, Human Resource Development, Compensation and Benefits, Employee and Labor Relations, and Occupational Health, Safety, and Security. In addition, the preparation course will include a summery session that provides a comprehensive review of the materials covered in each of the six subject matter modules just prior to the exam.

The program is designed for HR professionals planning to take either the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam, or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exam. Others that may benefit from this course include individuals needing recertification credits, HR practitioners seeking to advance their careers, experienced managers who are new to HR, and mid-level managers pursuing a career change or promotion.

By attending this course, participants receive the benefits of an experienced instructor, interaction with peers, and a structured classroom environment that enhances learning and helps individuals stay on track. Participants will share real-world experience with other HR professionals that can improve their workplace effectiveness immediately.

KVCTC has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Holmes Corporation for achieving high pass rates for students that participated in the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Learning System Preparation course.

The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following eight Thursdays: Aug. 13, 27, Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 12, & Dec. 10, 2009. Classes will be held in room 112 of the Cole Complex, on the campus of Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, located in Institute, West Virginia.

The registration fee of $1099 provides six SHRM Learning System Manuals, a Learning System CD ROM, access to the on-line SHRM Learning System Resource Center, practice tests including over 1500 questions, instructor handouts, 48 hours of classroom instruction, and parking on campus.

This program is approved for the Higher Education Adult Part-Time Students program (HEAPS). Individuals interested in applying for this funding should call 304-766-5113 immediately to obtain an application.

Register on-line at, (select Workshops and Seminars). You may also call 304-766-5113 or e-mail to register. Members of Charleston Area Alliance, South Charleston Chamber of Commerce, or Putnam Chamber of Commerce receive a five percent discount. For information on other programs offered by the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, visit our web site at


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