What Our HR Certification Students Say…

This is a great program! I would not have been able to pass my SPHR test without this class. I recommend it to anyone looking to get certified.”

Dave Lindholm, Jr., SPHR

Director of Human Resources

With a full time job, an infant, and another baby on the way, I didn’t see how I could possibly prepare for the PHR exam. After signing up and taking the HR Cert Prep Pros course, I quickly realized the PHR was within my grasp–mostly because the course streamlined the pertinent information and prepared me for the rigorous exam. The evening classes, study material and instructors were invaluable. They prepared me and alleviated any stress associated with PHR preparation. Debi and Gayle are awesome. I highly recommend the program for anyone who wants to pass the PHR on their first attempt!

Mike Williams, PHR

Medical Programs & Scholarship Talent Acquisition Officer, U.S. Navy

If you are serious about taking the PHR or SPHR, make sure you take the prep class with Debi as part of your preparation. Debi helps decipher over a thousand pages of book material and supplemental learning into a system that helps ensure success for your test. Debi is a true educator and understands the theory vs real world HR through her various HR leadership roles. Thank you, Debi!

JP Stanton, SPHR

Human Resources Business Partner, W. L. Gore & Associates

I was Debi’s student at CSU’s prep course. 25 of us met for six all day Saturday courses. The classes and the prep for the PHR certification were wonderful, but more than that, what really stood out, was the real life HR applications that Debi made for the class. I have six textbooks that are filled with my handwritten notes of tidbits of information and advice that literally flow out of Debi as she is teaching the course. So in addition to excellent preparation for the certification, I walked away with a personal library of new HR strategies, tips, and techniques to apply to my HR job. Debi has a true gift for teaching, she is, literally, the best of the best.

Melanie Mayeranderson, PHR

Director of Human Resources, Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation

Debi was my instructor for the SPHR prep course through CSU. As an adult learner, it is important to have confidence in the instructor’s knowledge and experience as it pertains to what we are discussing. Debi was always highly engaging and pleasant, but also very knowledgeable of all aspects of HR along with sitting for the test. I have sat for similar exams in the past and taken other prep courses, and was hesitant about signing up for a 12 week/1 night a week commitment, but the course became something to look forward to each week. The instruction was on the mark, and the interaction facilitated by Debi was superior. I am sure that I would not have passed the exam without the great guidance and knowledge of Debi and the CSU staff. I have kept in contact with Debi since the class and find her to be a great resource in the HR Community and a great asset as a networking contact. Thanks Debi.

Jeff Koenig, SPHR, GPHR

Director of Human Resources, Simon Contractors

After spending twelve years in the HR field, I decided it was finally time to shore up my professional knowledge with an HRCI certification. To increase the probability of success undertaking what I gleaned was a rather difficult exam, I enrolled in a PHR Prep course with HR Cert Prep Pros in the Fall of 2018. The instructors, Debi Chernak and Gayle Henderson, coupled a deep practical expertise as HR leaders with a broad theoretical knowledge of HR fundamentals. By the end of the course, passing the PHR exam seemed almost effortless. Debi and Gayle’s course was anything but transactional, achieving far more than transferring HR knowledge for the purpose of an exam. As a result, I earned more than just a PHR certification: I became a more proficient HR practitioner and acquired two extraordinary new mentors. I’m deeply grateful, Debi and Gayle!

Josh Anderson

Head of Talent Ops, Team Rubicon

Debi was a fantastic facilitator for the SPHR/PHR prep course at CSU. She and Gayle took us through the process step-by-step, and really taught us how to be successful on the exam. I was surprised at how well I did on the PHR exam, and this is thanks in large part to Debi! Not only did the course prepare me for the PHR exam, but I also learned some things from Debi in particular that were really “thought-shifting” and made me think about some old concepts in new ways. I can’t recommend Debi highly enough.

Sarah Bernhardt, PHR

Director of People & Culture, Greystone Technology

Debi’s real-life applications and expertise completely support the materials and I found her mentoring to be just as valuable as the information in the course books. The service she provides is so valuable and I would recommend her course to anybody looking to take that next step in their HR career.

Casey Steiner, SHRM-CP

Director of Talent & Culture, Zen Planner

Debi was our instructor for the SPHR/PHR Certification Prep Course at Colorado State University. Debi is an awesome instructor and cares about her students. She brings real world examples to her teaching which are very helpful. I really appreciated her enthusiasm and encouragement throughout the class and the process of preparing to take the PHR exam. Those letters don’t come easily and I could not have done it without Debi’s help. She is professional, approachable and has a passion for Human Resources. Any company who has Debi in an HR role is a very lucky company.

Terry Bezouska, PHR

Senior Recruiter, Amec Foster Wheeler

Debi brought so much information and insight to the materials that helped make the class interesting and fun, even after a long day of work. Debi was able to bring real life examples into the classroom as a way to demonstrate the different concepts we were learning. She did such a great job of leading the class that all of the students who took their certification tests passed. I would not have earned my SPHR without her.

Debbie Little, SPHR

Assistant Director of HR, HSS Inc.

I completed the HRCPP SPHR prep course at an important time in my career, and I cannot express enough how invaluable the experience was. Debi Chernak was nothing short of amazing and I’m indefinitely grateful to her. Her depth of knowledge, engaging teaching style, and unwavering support made the material not only understandable but enjoyable. Her HRPowerPass test taking methodology was a life saver, and I am grateful for the thorough preparation and confidence Debi instilled in me, ensuring success in achieving my SPHR certification – which I did the first time I tried 🙂

Brynn Shader, SPHR

Jungle Gym Consulting

THANK YOU for the amazing class and experience. I learned and gained so much!
It was the most rewarding thing I have done in a very long time!

Kate Straushein, PHR

Human Resources Manager, Bonneville International

When I decided to take the SPHR exam I thought it would be a good idea to sign up for a prep course to keep me on track. I ended up choosing the Colorado State University preparation course where I met Debi Chernak who was one of the instructors. Not only did Debi keep the course content interesting and humorous, she also brought her extensive experience in HR and shared real life examples with the class to help us bridge the learning from theory to practice. I highly recommend Debi as an instructor and HR professional. Her generosity and willingness to mentor students went above and beyond what was required of her. Debi has a sincere passion for developing HR professionals.

Melanie Kruger, SPHR

VP of Culture, Bracket Labs

I had the pleasure of taking the SPHR prep course, with Debi as my instructor. She is very knowledgeable & has a knack for relating the course material to her own true life examples. I couldn’t have passed my exam without her! Debi is also very well known and respected within the HR community. I am consistently amazed by the number of people that she has touched! I have continued to stay in touch with Debi since our class together & truly believe she would be an asset to any organization that is looking for an articulate, dynamic & strategic business partner.

Megan Emswiller, SPHR

Human Resources Leader, SDL plc

Debi is an exceptional instructor! I had the pleasure of being in her SHRM certification prep course at CSU. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable in all of the critical HR competencies. She thoughtfully brings her own years of experience as an HR practitioner into her instruction providing students with valuable real-world examples. Beyond her outstanding technical expertise, Debi cares deeply about her students by providing resources beyond what is required and takes her own personal time to work with students one on one. She is authentic in her desire to see her students succeed. She is truly a mentor!

Brenda Langley, SPHR

HR, Training & Development Professional, City of Aurora, CO


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