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2-Day Professional in Human Resources – California (PHRca) Exam Prep Boot Camp (Starts 05-04-2024)

May 4, 2024 @ 8:00 am - May 5, 2024 @ 12:00 pm PDT

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May 4, 2024 @ 8:00 am PDT
May 5, 2024 @ 12:00 pm PDT
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Schedule: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time on Both Days

This intensive two-day workshop is to prepare you to take the PHRca Credential exam. California has the most stringent employment laws of all the states. Understanding and mastering the concept of California labor law will make you an asset to your organization. In this class, we will review the five functional areas outlined by HRCI, with special attention to the areas that are weighted the most heavily. Once you enroll in this class you will receive the supplemental self-study guidebook. The guidebook will serve as a tool to help you study and prepare on your own once the workshop is over. You will also receive links to websites where you can research additional information. Enrolling in the workshop and utilizing the supplemental guide, will prepare you to ace the exam!

Why get a PHRca Credential?

Understanding California labor law is paramount for HR professionals, business owners, and anyone overseeing employees in the state. California’s labor laws are among the most intricate and stringent in the country, setting thresholds often lower than federal laws. This complexity demands a deep comprehension to navigate the legal landscape effectively. The PHRca credential stands as a crucial asset, setting individuals apart by showcasing specialized knowledge in California-specific employment regulations. In a litigious state like California, where employment lawsuits comprise a significant portion—around 40%—of all civil cases, having this credential significantly mitigates risks for businesses and professionals.

The PHRca certification goes beyond the standard PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification, focusing on the nuanced and intricate aspects of California’s labor laws. With a multitude of statutes governing wages, hours, leaves, discrimination, and more, having a comprehensive understanding is not just advantageous but imperative. It equips HR practitioners and business owners with the tools to ensure compliance, reduce liabilities, and effectively manage the workforce. The credential underscores a commitment to excellence and proficiency in navigating the complex employment landscape specific to California.

California’s reputation for having incredibly discerning employees further accentuates the necessity for this certification. Employees in the state are often well-versed in their rights and expectations, making it essential for HR professionals and business owners to possess a thorough understanding of the laws to maintain harmony, prevent disputes, and protect their organizations. The PHRca credential not only signifies expertise but also demonstrates a proactive approach to staying abreast of the ever-evolving legal nuances, solidifying credibility and trustworthiness in the field of HR management.

What do you get with this class?

The PHRca program is a comprehensive, success-driven package. Featuring two live instructional days and two supplemental resource study guides—complete with a detailed study planner—it ensures exhaustive coverage of all pertinent topics. In addition to three pre-recorded lessons encompassing the entire boot camp curriculum, the program boasts four targeted audio lessons focusing on the most challenging and frequently examined subjects. Offering two personalized one-on-one Zoom sessions, a practice test, and specialized audio modules like the H.A.C.K. method for effective studying and the S.T.O.P. method to conquer test anxiety, it’s a complete arsenal for refining test-taking strategies. Upon completion, you earn a certificate affirming your journey toward achieving the PHRca designation. With continued access to the instructor via phone, email, and text, this robust program ensures ongoing support, providing clarifications and morale boosts as needed. It’s a comprehensive curriculum primed to thoroughly equip you for success in your PHRca pursuit.

What’s Included:

  • Supplemental self-study guidebook
  • The slideshow presentation used in the class
  • Two 1-on-1 Study Q&A Sessions to ensure you are ready
  • Additional website study aids
  • Audio lessons
  • Video lessons
  • Certificate of Completion

Target audience for the PHRca

The PHRca (Professional in Human Resources – California) credential is primarily designed for HR professionals, managers, and individuals responsible for overseeing human resources functions within organizations operating in California. This certification caters specifically to those navigating the complex and unique landscape of California’s labor laws. It’s beneficial for anyone involved in HR management, including HR specialists, HR generalists, HR managers, business owners, consultants, or legal professionals, who seek to demonstrate expertise and proficiency in understanding and applying California’s intricate employment regulations.


The class meets both days from 8 am to 12 pm PDT

Day 1

The Overview

  • Using the H.A.C.K method to prepare for the exam
  • Review of the supplemental guide and how to use It to prepare for the exam
  • The Business case for earning your PHRca
  • California’s stringent employment laws-why are they so different?
  • Overview of the knowledge areas needed to pass the exam as outlined by HRCI
  • Learn the thresholds for CA Laws, Leaves of Absence and Acts
  • Learn the California enforcement agencies ex: Department of Industrial Relations, CA EDD, DLSE, DFEH,LWDA

Review Module 1: Wage and Hour Laws

  • Understand independent contractors
  • Minimum wages
  • Wage statements – what should be on them?
  • overtime pay/bonus pay
  • fines for misclassifying employees
  • final pay

Review Module 2: Employment Life Cycles and Employee Relations

  • Understand how to employ minors (work permits) etc,
  • Notices that must be given at time of hire/time of termination
  • Harassment Training
  • Cal WARN
  • New hire reporting

Day 2

Review Module 3: Leave of Absences and Benefits

  • Understand all of the California LOA and how to comply
  • Understand when employees qualify and when they can use each leave type
  • Understand which leaves run concurrently
  • Understand employee eligibility

Review Module 4: Health, Safety and Workers Compensation

  • Workers Comp programs
  • IIPP
  • Heat Illness
  • drug and alcohol use
  • ergonomics

Module 5: Compliance and Risk Management

  • Understand PAGA claims
  • Understand compliance obligations based on employer size
  • Cal Cobra
  • Required form and posters
  • Record retention
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Ensure reasonable accommodations are met

Review the $$ The money topics—this is what I call the most important topics to pass the exam

Test your knowledge—a quiz-style review of everything learned 

At the conclusion of this two-day seminar, you will walk away with a strong understanding of the complex CA labor laws. This class is designed to give you the information needed to prepare for the exam, some practical study tips and study planner to keep you on track. Even after the workshop is ended you have unlimited access to the instructor, you can call, text or email to ask questions or resources on specific topics. If for some reason you do not pass the class, you can re-take the class within the same year, for the following session **as long as there are other students enrolled in a session**.