OCPE Wins Two Awards at National Conference

Posted: June 25, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

The Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) received two awards at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Coordinator’s Conference this year. The two honors were for achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam in December 2003 and achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam in May 2003. It is the third year in a row that George Mason has won an award at the conference.

The SPHR and PHR are nationally recognized certification exams for human resources professionals. The SHRM Learning System program—OCPE’s HR certificate—is essentially a test-prep program for HR professionals who plan to take the SPHR or PHR.

“OCPE has offered the SHRM program for over five years and we are honored to have won these awards, which show how dedicated our SHRM instructors are to their students,” says Sandra Blake, OCPE program and operations manager.

OCPE is the first of more than 200 universities to implement a new online feature in the program, which includes practice tests, online eFlashcards, an eGlossary, and a tracking system that can be viewed by both the students and their instructor.

“It was a great feeling to represent George Mason as the first university to implement this feature,” says Blake, who led a session at the conference about how others can implement the online component. “Several other universities across the country will offer this added value this fall.”

OCPE also requires all its instructors to be SPHR certified, and to retake the SPHR exam every two years to stay up-to-date. George Mason is one of the first universities to place this requirement on instructors.

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