College of the Extended University

Associate Professional in Human Resources

Associate Professional in Human Resources

New professionals starting a career in the world of Human Resources will find the new Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR) certification perfect for their credentials.

FROM THE HRCI™ WEBSITE: The aPHR represents the industry’s first-ever HR certification designed for practitioners who are just beginning their HR professional journey.

Geared towards entry-level human resource practitioners, the aPHR certification preparation will engage students in the six functional areas of human resources. The course is fully online encompassing seven weeks of in-depth study in the world of human resources.

For more information, please visit the HRCI Website

  • Young professionals embarking on a new HR management career.
  • Recent college graduates.
  • Armed services men and women who want to make the transition to a civilian profession.
  • Other professionals seeking a career transition into the HR field. 

Back to top

Gain the knowledge for the six main subfields within the human resource management:  HR operations, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, employee relations, HR development and retention, safety health and security.

Apply learning skills and reinforce the practical aspects of test taking strategies.

Effective methods to practice the aPHR examination with faculty guidance.

Back to top

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for successfully completing the seven weeks of the test prep course. 

Back to top

The Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) Certification Preparation course provides an overview of the six functional areas of human resources. This 7 week online course, led by a certified human resources professional, is designed to guide individuals through the process of preparing for the Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) examination. To be eligible to take this exam, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. For more information on the aPHR™, including a detailed outline of the exam content, please visit the HRCI website.

Back to top

Dr. Deirdre Carlock is a certified Senior HR Professional (SPHR and SHRM-SCP) with over 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources and Organizational Development.  She has served in key roles as a strategic advisor, team leader, and facilitator in highly visible positions partnering closely with CEOs and executive staff in the planning and implementation of comprehensive strategies to meet organizational performance goals. She is an expert on HR Strategy, organizational analysis, performance management, and organizational culture development. 

Dr. Carlock currently serves as an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona and as an HR and Organizational Strategy Consultant with Working with Intelligence, LLC, an organization dedicated to helping organizations achieve high performance through the respectful engagement of human capital.  

HR Logo    

*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.

*The red-and-purple HR Design, HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE, aPHR, PHR, aPHRi, GPHR, PHRi, SPHR and SPHRi are trademarks of registered trademarks of Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Used Under License.

Back to top


PHR 100: Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) Test Preparation
Register Course Code Hours Fees Session Dates Instructor
PHR100 (FA20-1) 28 $495 October 19 - December 7, 2020 Deirdre Carlock

Back to top