Illinois State Council of SHRM  members don't have to do it alone!

HR Certification Classes for

We Help You Pass The Test!

HR Professionals

Instructor-Led Live Sessions for 

PHR/SPHR and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certifications
6 weeks Instructor-led course
Lifetime access

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Early Entry HR Team members

looking for next step!

For early stage  HR Professionals studying for the aPHR, PHR or SHRM-CP exams.  12 Weeks Instructor-led course
Lifetime access

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We know HR Certification is scary.... that's why we're by your side the whole way!

Why not have a guide to help you get to the next stop in YOUR CAREER?
It’s time to show your employer AND potential employers what you're made of. You’ve been putting this exam off long enough.  It’s time.  And we are here to help!

Let's get you HR certified!

We've got a plan for you to follow! Start Now!

Live classes begin October 25th, 2023

Wednesdays – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Central Time

Are you trying to get ahead in HR?

Holding an HR certification will give you a powerful boost in your career momentum. HR professionals holding PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certifications are more likely to advance to strategic leadership roles in their (or a new!) organization.

Want to show your boss you know what you're doing?

Having your certification, whether PHR, SHRM-CP, SPHR or SHRM-SCP, gives you that upper hand.  Finding ways to set yourself apart from your colleagues can be a constant challenge for most HR professionals. Certification affirms that you know your HR stuff - and that you are committed to the profession.

Would you like to increase your current salary?

HR professionals who hold certification tend to make more money than their peers who do not. This difference becomes significantly more the more senior the position. 

All chapter members receive FREE Exclusive Bonus 60 minute question practice session on WHY each answer is the correct one! And our Test Prep Mini Course.

As a member of the Illinois State Council of SHRM, you will receive a 10% discount and a 30 minute planning call with Lori Kleiman!

Use code ILSHRM at checkout!

Get Started Today!

Not sure on Test Prep yet?

Get 10% OFF on all our Compliance and Recruiting programs!
Use code ILSHRM at checkout!

Learn more about our other programs!

Does the whole process seem overwhelming?

Grab a copy of our favorite tips & tricks for cracking the HR Certification Exams

  • How to create a study plan
  • Multiple Choice best practices
  • My top secret sauce to getting this done!
  • What to do the last week
  • Final suggestions for the big day!

How to pick the right partner!




Program Length

20 hours of content

Class Size

Capped to allow for personal interaction

Delivery Format

Combination of Live Sessions & Self Study

Course Access

Until you pass!

Your Effort

3-6 hours a week

Course Model

Ongoing support
until you get this done

Get started today!

If you’re an HR professional looking to finally land that promotion, pay increase, or leadership role, then you already know you need to take and pass your HR Certification exam.

And that’s why you’re here! You’re here because you want to know the material inside and out. You're checking this out because you want to feel self-assured that you will pass this exam on the first try. You’re here because you know you need a test-prep guide.

And we're here to help!

Two options to complete the same  course content

Either program ensures you get this done now! 

Self Paced

  • 8 Modules of critical HR Content
  • Our exclusive Vocabulary App for iPhone and Android
  • Over 100 practice questions
  • Full simulation practice exam
  • Ability to comment and ask questions
  • 16 weeks access
  • All the same content as our live courses!
  • Option to upgrade to Live Classes anytime
Join Self Pace Course Now!

Live Cohort Sessions

Self Paced program PLUS....

  • 6 Week live virtual classes with your instructor providing added information
  • 2 additional simulation practice exams
  • Lifetime access to the course. Use it for this exam and anytime in the future for other exams you take
  • Private cohort platform

Next Live Classes: Cohort open now with the first live class on October 25th.

Wednesdays – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm Central Time

Pricing Options!

There is a lot to do before the first class!

Plus when you Join NOW

we'll add 2 additional supplemental courses to your program.

All our courses include:

Lori Kleiman is a human resources speaker, author, and facilitator. With more than 35 years of experience as a human resource professional she has walked in your shoes.

Lori has been teaching HR certification prep for over 20 years. She realized students didn't have what they needed to get this done, so she created her own program. Knowing what students need, we created content and curated the very best test prep material to ensure success. We partner with seasoned instructors that continue to live HR every day and bring real experiences to your classroom.

Learn more about Lori

What You'll Use to Get This Done!

The program covers materials for both SHRM and HRCI exams and consists of:


We meet every week for six weeks via an interactive platform to review the questions together! It's like being in a real class in the comfort of your own home! They are all recorded, so if you miss a session you don't miss the content! 

Additional Practice Exams

We provide practice and lectures for the material that will enhance your knowledge and test taking skills. In addition, we give you access to the top certification practice site.  Your course includes additional practice  from ExamEdge®

Over 15 Hours of Course Material

ALL NEW prep content held inside your very own virtual classroom that you can access when your schedule allows. Self paced students can move through the modules over the 16-week access. Those in the live class have unlimited access until you pass!

Your Own

Interact with fellow students and instructors in our private community.  Get additional resources and practice questions. Use this group to form study groups and connect with others.

Access to Us

We will be by your side supporting you through the entire process! We'll be there to provide feedback and answer questions to ensure your success!

Reference Books

A trusted HR Text will give you additional content to read and absorb concepts.  Our custom resource book gives you every slide and additional resource we offer. 

Vocab is Key!

We know that understanding the vocabulary used on the test is essential to getting this done. Our app has over 1200 words and definitions to be sure you know what the questions are asking! This is a critical component to success.

Included with your course for 6 months

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Have Questions? Connect with me!

We don’t just teach this content WE LIVE IT EVERY DAY.

Our Course Gets Real Results

Wondering what you need to pass?

Have you given it a try but failed?

Want to do all you can to pass the first time?

Our system was developed with the test taker in mind. You know your HR stuff - it's the darn multiple choice questions that get you. We spend our time together picking questions apart and making sure that you know how to answer the questions even when you have no idea what they are talking about!

Why Us

Our answers to the 6 critical questions on selecting your partner



MODULE 1 – Legal Concepts

MODULE 2 – Recruiting

MODULE 3 – Compensation & Benefits

MODULE 4 – Business Strategy

MODULE 5 – Training & Development

MODULE 6 – Labor & Employee Relations

MODULE 7 – Risk Management

You've been wondering about certification long enough - now is the time to get this done.
You can do this and we are here to guide you every step of the way!

By the end of our time together, you’ll have EVERYTHING you needto know to PASS YOUR TEST with CONFIDENCE!



 We are not focused on filling seats in a class. Our goal is to make sure you have the very best learning experience. Lori would be happy to discuss your certification goals with you prior to registration. Click here to find the right journey to certification for you.  


Everyone’s journey is different. Find the right package for you:



3 monthly payments




Save $112




16 weeks self paced course!


And don't forget - as a member of the ILSHRM state council, enter coupon code ILSHRM at checkout to receive your 10% Discount

You must be a member of the SHRM chapter to use this code. If you are not a member, you can join the chapter now or be billed for the amount of the coupon prior to starting the class.

* Payment plan must be up to date or access to class will be suspended. Immediate access to full course with first payment.
** The lifetime offer is valid as long as HR Topics is offering test preparation courses. Once the live sessions are completed, you will have access to a recorded program similar to the sessions you attended live, upon request.
*** There are no refunds on the course. Contact us if there is an issue completing the work.
**** Success kit shipped in US only, international shipments can made with addition charge.

Key Takeaways!

  • Connection between tactical HR principles and the actual HR practices
  • Enhanced knowledge of the areas of Human Resources that don't come up every day
  • Firm grasp on compliance concepts that mold HR functions
  • Understanding of what leaders expect from their HR teams
  • Ability to look at HR scenarios across many functional areas
  • And of to answer those DARN multiple choice questions!

Alredy have one certification? The course will give you 12 credits through SHRM and HRCI!



Learn how to disconnect from the noise around you and tune in to what's happening in your mind, body, and soul. We'll teach you how to:

  • Clear your mind with meditation
  • Connect with your body through yoga
  • Align your vision with your reality

It’s time to nurture yourself like never before.


Get to know yourself. You’ll learn how to tune it all out and turn your attention inward.


Learn what self-love looks like and how to incorporate it into your daily routine.


Learn how to connect with others and still value the unique individual you are inside.


Bring the inside out. Show up as the most authentic version of yourself every day.


Looking forward. Set life goals that align with who you really are inside.


With goals in sight, create a road map to the life you’ve always dreamed of.