About Us

Our Story

HR Certified was founded by senior human resource (HR) professional and certification specialist, Anthony P. Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, to help aspirant and experienced HR professionals navigate certification processes. Our mission is inspired by Anthony’s professional journey and inadvertent discovery of HR as a career choice.

Like many, Anthony’s career path was not linear. His primary goal was to overcome the poverty he experienced as a youth in inner-city Chicago, IL. His first professional role as a file clerk was the launchpad for his career in HR, as he later assumed responsibilities in benefits administration, general HR management, and most recently as a Strategic HR Business Partner in the biotechnology industry. Anthony attributes his quick progression in HR to designations from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

We recognize that the HR landscape can be challenging to navigate. Now, numerous providers offer a variety of certifications, and individuals are often left questioning which certification to pursue and how best to prepare. We understand your concerns because we have been where you are. We aim to take the guesswork out of getting HR certified.

OUR GROWTH

December 2018

HR Certified Incorporated in Atlanta, GA

January 2019

HR Certified partners with National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR Atlanta) to offer classroom-based HR Certification courses at Belhaven University

February 2019

HR Certified expands partnership with HR Defined and HR Education Network to offer online and on demand HR Certification course offerings

July 2019

HR Certified becomes an official certification provider w/ HR Certification Institute ® (HRCI®)

September 2019

HR Certified expands course offerings with Managing the Employee Life Cycle series for business owners, general managers and those interested in Human Resources.

June 2020

250th Graduate Milestone!

Our Team

The HR Certified team includes leading HR professionals with a range of expertise in HR certification preparation, continuing education, and career coaching.

Anthony P. Howard

SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Owner and Lead HR Certification Facilitator

Cari Hawthorne

SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief Consultant and Instructor at HR Defined

Jessica Vieira

SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Affiliate Manager at HR Education Network

Alex Barr

M.S., PHR

aPHR Certification Instructor

See what our

Graduates

are saying

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  • Thanks to HR Certified, I knew exactly how to prepare. The real-scenarios in class brought the concepts to life for me. I am pleased to share that I am now a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources! Thank you, HR Certified! – Lauren Brocket, SPHR

  • I’m telling you people, HR Certified was so good, I almost want to sign up and take the course a 2nd time! – Brandon Gray, SPHR

  • The HR Certified course was instrumental in preparing for my PHR. I would highly recommend working with HR Certified in gaining your HR Certification! – Julie Whittington, PHR

  • Last fall, I had the opportunity to participate in an HR certification prep course being led by Anthony. He was phenomenal! He made the class fun and the study materials easy to understand. He also did a good job keeping us on task with what we needed to know for the exam. Needless to say, I was successful in obtaining my SPHR. I would definitely recommend HR Certified to others who may be preparing for their certification. – Aquila Harrison, SPHR

  • Anthony is a rock star! He shares his HR knowledge with humor and high energy regarding a wide variety of real-life HR scenarios for each lesson plan. I highly recommend you take his class! – Tiffany Teamer, MBA, PHR

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Our team would love to discuss your HR trajectory. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the process.

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What to Expect

With HR Certified, you can expect in-depth instruction on critical areas of human resource management and test-taking strategies for you to be successful in the HR certification exam, tailored career development, and increased career satisfaction. We understand the HR certification process, and we are here to walk you through it. We can help you identify which HR certifications are essential for your goals as an HR practitioner.

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