Course Description

Begin a New Career with the aPHR Certificate

The Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR) certification is designed to assist professionals who are just beginning their HR career or transitioning into the HR profession.  The aPHR certification program does not require prior HR experience.  This preparation course prepares participants for the certification exam as well as provide education in the basics of Human Resource Management.  Participants will learn and study about key knowledge areas in order to prepare for sitting for the exam.  Topics include: HR Operations; Employee Relations; Recruitment & Selection; Compensation & Benefits; Human Resource Development & Retention as well as Health, Safety & Security.  It is the individual student's responsibility to verify their eligibility to sit for the aPHR exam.

Learner Outcomes

  • Develop efficient and successful test-taking skills
  • Review aPHR Exam specific topics
  • Review aPHR Exam-type questions

Course Details

Who Should Attend: Professionals beginning their career or those seeking to transition into the Human Resources field.

Course Format: Lectures and interactive seminar style classroom instruction

Instructor:  Marina Galatro, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-CP, is a senior Human Resources Consultant with more than 20 years of HR experience.  She provides effective guidance and support to companies on a variety of topics such as: total rewards, compliance, training & development and strategic HR management.  Ms. Galatro is a speaker at many regional and national conferences.  She has a BA from San Diego State University and currently holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources, the California Human Resources and the SHRM Certified Professional certificates.

Course Materials: aPHR (Associate) Certification Preparation Program: Print and Online Edition with Audio (2019)  Students should purchase the materials directly from the HRCP website.  Those identifying themselves as USD students will receive a discount of the cost of the materials.

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.

aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ are all registered trademarks of HR Certification Institute.


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9:00AM to 12:00PM
Mar 21, 2020 to May 09, 2020
Schedule and Location
Course Format
Course Fee(s)
TEST PD - $650 non-credit $650.00
  • Marina Galatro
Section Notes
A complete schedule, class location, and parking information will be provided to students before the first day of class. Please contact Enrollment and Student Services at 619-260-4585 with any questions.  Registration ends 5 calendar days before the start date.  Late registration may be available - check with Enrollment & Student Services.
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