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Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR)

Start Your HR Career with UD's aPHR Certification Preparation Course

HRCI has created the first-ever entry level certification for individuals wishing to jump start their career in the human resource field. Earning your aPHR credential will allow you prove your knowledge of the fundamentals of Human Resources. The aPHR certification will show potential employers you have a great foundational knowledge upon which to launch a career. 

COVID-19 Considerations

  • Depending on the status of COVID-19 this course may be delayed until spring 2021 semester.
  • Classroom areas arranged to provide 6 feet of space between all attendees, as well as lunch and coffee breaks. 
  • Click here to view in person class policies for fall term.


Spring 2021:  April 17 - June 5, 2021  (Saturdays)
Class Dates:  April 17, May 1, May 15, June 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: University of Dallas - 1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, TX 75062

Please click here to read a public disclosure about this course.

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Tuition and Discounts

$1,105 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition

$995 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition 

$995 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition (Early Bird Rate)

$895 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition (Early Bird Rate)

Early Bird Discount:

Students can earn an early bird discount by completing the registration process (including full payment) by the early bird deadline. The early bird period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit the online registration form, and submit full payment prior to the early bird deadline (see registration deadline section for deadline information). 


Discounts are offered for UD Alumni and Students, UD Employees, Government Employees (federal and local), US Veterans, and SHRM or Dallas HR members. To qualify for the discount, students will be asked to provide an active .edu or .gov email; UD ID; or membership number.

Materials can only be shipped (via FedEx) once payment has been received.

Registration & Deadline

Registration will open October 16, 2021.

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Registration Deadline:  April 2, 2021

Meet Your Instructor

Deborah AvrinDeborah Avrin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has been a human resources professional for over 18 years, holds a BBA in Human Resources and an MS in Organizational Behavior. Since 1999, her company Management Skills Resource Inc., has worked with organizations that want to build the confidence, competence and courage of their management teams through creative training workshops. Her training style is interactive and inspiring, which makes her a sought after facilitator for human resources and management development workshops.  

Ms. Avrin holds a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and keeps current in training and human resources trends by her affiliation with Dallas HR and Dallas ASTD where she served as the 2007 President and as a HRCI Certifications instructor through the University of Dallas since 2001. Ms. Avrin is the author of the book The Management Map: Navigation Tools for the New Manager.

Payment Options

The University of Dallas can accept cash, check, or credit card payments. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express using our online payment portal. Cash is accepted at our Business Office ONLY. Checks can be mailed to: 

University of Dallas - Executive Education
Attn: Kathy Whitgrove
1845 E. Northgate Drive
Irving, TX 75062

Payment Arrangement

For students who need a little help, we have a payment arrangement option available. This allows tuition to be broken down into multiple payments. Executive Education students who wish to participate will be required to fill out an additional online form during the registration process.

The payment arrangement splits tuition as follows:

  • Payment 1: $400
  • Payment 2: $350
  • Payment 3: $350

If a discount applies to you it will be deducted as part of the final payment.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Kathy Whitgrove at 972-721-5298 or via email.

Why our program?

  • Our experienced instructor will guide you through the body of knowledge required to pass the aPHR exam and earn your first HR certification.
  • 75% pass rate
  • Flexible payments
  • The aPHR certification will open doors in the HR community for those starting their career.

Why HRCI certification?

The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) has a 40 year legacy of setting the gold standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe as well as being the sole provider of HR certifications supported by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies’ (NCCA) rigorous standards. HRCI has over 500,000 certified HR professionals worldwide who have proven they have the knowledge to navigate the human resources field with efficiency and skill. 

HRCI has created the first-ever entry level certification for individuals wishing to jump start their career in the human resource profession.

Course Materials

Our class uses the aPHR Study Guide (2021 edition) from Distinctive HR.  The materials include:

  • study guide (paperback);
  • access to Learning Management System (1 year)
    with interactive flashcards, sample tests, training games, and videos
  • downloadable Audio Set
    mp3 files on test taking skills, glossary files, and content files covering the 6 exam areas.

About the Exam

Eligibility: high school diploma or global equivalent. No HR experience is required.

Exam Format:
Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Length: 100 scored questions + 25 pretest questions
Computer based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.
Cost: $300 + $100 application fee
Testing Windows: None, test available year-round, subject to test center availability.

To schedule your exam, visit the HRCI website for details: 

Public Disclosure

Please click here to read a public disclosure about this course.

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