Keeping Up With Your Industry

Northwood University is dedicated to business. It is our mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society. To meet our mission, it is necessary for us to offer opportunities for professional growth to individuals in specialty careers.

Current Continuing Education opportunities

Human Resource Certification Preparation for PHR/SPHR (Florida)

SHRM CertificatesIf you are in the Human Resource profession, then the Professional Human Resource designation is the next step in advancing your career. Continue your education and become part of a network enabling you to stay abreast of vital updates to your specialty industry.

Why the SHRM Learning System...

If you've been planning to earn your Professional Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, now is the time to enroll in our updated and expanded HRCI exam preparation course based on theSHRM Learning System.

We offer this program in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The curriculum, designed by support matter experts, covers the 2011 HRCI Body of Knowledge and includes scenario activities that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills. As a certification preparation program, it consistently beats the national pass rate.

  • By attending our course, you will develop new knowledge and skills that will improve your workplace effectiveness immediately.
  • By enrolling in our classroom based format, you also get the added benefit of a structured classroom environment that enhances learning and helps you stay on track.
  • Learn from an experienced instructor who explains concepts and relates them to your industry.
  • Participate in networking opportunities and share real-world experiences with other HR professionals.
  • Maximize employer tuition assistance.

Instructors Make The Difference

Karen Roberts is a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a certification earned by acquiring a broad base of practical knowledge in the HR profession and being able to demonstrate that knowledge initially in a rigorous examination administered by the HR Certification Institute and re-earned every 3 years.

With over thirty years of progressively responsible experience in both the private, public, and not for profit sectors, Karen started her career with Pratt and Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation. During that time she had the opportunity to develop expertise in the areas of compensation, employee and labor relations, training, recruitment and diversity.

For the past twelve years she has supported management and employees of the Area Agency on Aging, a dynamic local private non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of elders, disabled adults and their caregivers. As Director of Human Resources she is responsible for all aspects of HR including the Agency’s risk management initiatives.

Academic preparation includes a BS degree in Finance from Stetson University in Deland Florida, and an MBA from FAU. She also has earned certificates in HR Management from Barry University in Miami and on-line from Capella University.

Karen is also very active in the following organizations: HR Association of PBC (past president and two time recipient of the HR Professional of the Year Award - 1998 and 2011); Board Chair of Inspirit, a local non-profit; Stetson University Alumni Association; PBC Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae Group and serves as a Trustee of the Village of North Palm Beach's General Employee Pension Fund.


"I used the SHRM Learning System® College/University Program. The Learning System provided two essential components that helped me to pass and achieve certification with my first examination: the structured approach, utilizing a variety of learning tools, and the shared personal experience with other learners in my local professional community. The in-class presentations, professor-provided examples and group discussions allowed me to learn at a more highly engaged level through application with real-world scenarios. Since the Learning System is dynamic and integrates multiple tools, I learned in a more meaningful way than textbooks alone could provide."

Chanterelle Atkins, PHR from Portland Maine

Completion Certificate

All students completing the course requirements as established by the instructor, the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County, and Northwood University will receive a Certificate of Completion. Regular session attendance and a passing score on the final examination is required in order to meet the requirements for course completion.