San Diego Employers Association and North County Human Resources- San Diego Enter Partnership, Expanding Benefits to HR Professionals

February 13, 2018 – San Diego Employers Association (SDEA) and North County Human Resources – San Diego (NCHR-SD) are partnering to offer members of both organizations expanded human resources training and educational opportunities. Members of NCHR-SD will receive discounts on SDEA’s HR class offerings, including classes aimed at preventing workplace harassment, as well as receiving discounted rates on a variety of member benefits.

As part of the partnership, SDEA will offer HR classes to NCHR-SD members, including a 9-week Management Essentials Certificate program, the aPHR Certification Preparation course, Preventing Workplace Harassment, and Progressive Discipline. Other benefits for NCHR-SD members who join SDEA include unlimited phone access to an HR consultant, access to an employment law attorney, and an employment practices review.

NCHR-SD offers SDEA members a number of benefits including a 10% discount on membership, discounted rates on training programs and networking events, as well as HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.  With this new partnership, SDEA members located in North County will be able to take advantage of an expanded offering of classes and programs located near them.

“Our partnership with NCHR-SD is an excellent way to bring more value and educational opportunities to members of both of our organizations,” said Chris Bryant, President and CEO of SDEA. “We’re particularly looking forward to expanding our programs and course offerings to HR professionals who live and work in North County,” Bryant said. “The partnership we have created with SDEA will provide access to classes and programs which will further strengthen the HR community in San Diego both on an individual and a collective level,” said Donna Evans, President of NCHR-SD.

To learn more about the SDEA and NCHR-SD partnership, click here.

San Diego Employers Association and San Diego Workforce Partnership Offer 9 Free HR Classes to Local Professionals

April 6, 2017 – San Diego Employers Association (SDEA) and the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) are offering a selection of 9 free Human Resources (HR) classes on topics important to professionals in the HR field. The courses provide training and tools to best handle the most frequently asked questions about employment law and HR responsibilities.

The course schedule is as follows:

  • Thurs. April 13 – Basics of Payroll in California
  • Tues. April 18 – Harassment Prevention Training
  • Thurs. April 27 – Completing the I-9 Form
  • Thurs. May 18 – Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Webinar
  • Fri. May 26 – Job Accommodations
  • Thurs. June 8 – Leaves of Absence
  • Tues. June 20 – Top 10 Difficult Conversations to Have with Employees
  • Wed. June 21 – Harassment Prevention Training in Spanish
  • Wed. June 28 – Employee Handbook Basics

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to offer classes on important topics relevant to professionals working in Human Resources,” said Chris Bryant, President and CEO of SDEA. “In working with SDWP, we are able to offer the classes free of charge, thereby allowing a broader audience to attend and benefit from each class,” Bryant added.

“Small employers may not have all the HR resources, coaching and training compared to larger businesses that have a dedicated HR department.  We are excited to work with the San Diego Employers Association to provide a wide variety of HR classes for employers on our behalf,” said Tina Ngo Bartel, Director of Business Programs and Research at SDWP.

SDEA’s classes are offered from April 13th through June 28th and are free of charge.  Classes will be held at SDWP’s community room (3910 University Avenue Suite 300), SDEA’s training facility (8799 Balboa Avenue) and the 211 Connections Center (3860 Calle Fortunada Suite 101).  The free HR classes are offered in addition to a variety of other professional development classes taught by SDEA.  To learn more about SDEA and to view the professional development training schedule, visit

About San Diego Employers Association

With an over 100-year history, San Diego Employers Association (SDEA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping businesses manage their workforce, remain compliant with federal and state laws, and proactively avoid lawsuits.  SDEA provides businesses and professionals with HR knowledge and training, and is known as an expert in the area of Human Resource consulting for small-to medium-sized businesses throughout San Diego County. For more information, visit

About San Diego Workforce Partnership

SDWP is the leader for innovative workforce solutions in San Diego County. SDWP funds job training programs that enable adults and youth to develop the skills and knowledge needed for careers that are in demand.  SDWP also provides current and projected labor market research on the region’s workforce trends and key industries. Its vision is to ensure that every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment.  For more information, visit



San Diego Employers Association Offers New aPHR Certification Preparation Program for First-Time HR Professionals Starting June 15th

May 4, 2017 – San Diego Employers Association (SDEA), a not-for-profit human resources consulting and professional development training organization, is offering a first-time aPHR Certificate Preparation Program starting on June 15th and running for 9 weeks.

The aPHR Certificate Preparation program prepares Human Resources (HR) professionals for the aPHR exam, a test offered by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).  The aPHR designation is the first-ever HR certification designed for professionals who are just beginning their HR career and want to prepare for the HRCI exam to achieve the designation of aPHR.  To be eligible for the aPHR exam, one must have a high school diploma or global equivalent.  No prior HR experience is required, as the aPHR certification is a knowledge-based credential.

“aPHR is a brand new certification preparation program and SDEA is among the first to offer the course,” said Michelle Peard, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP, who teaches the course at SDEA. “Our goal is to thoroughly prepare participants to pass the aPHR exam and receive a credential to help propel them from the early stages of their HR career,” Peard said.

Course participants will study key body of knowledge areas in order to prepare for sitting for the exam.  Topics include HR Operations, Employee Relations, Recruitment and Selection, Compensation and Benefits, Human Resource Development and Retention, and Health, Safety and Security.

The aPHR Certificate Preparation program takes place on-site at SDEA’s training facility weekly on Thursdays, beginning on June 15 and running through August 17, 2017.  The cost is $795 for SDEA members and $995 for non-members. For more information, visit



SDEA Graduates Produce PHR/SPHR Exam Pass Rate Which Is 40% Higher Than National Average


SDEA offers a PHR/SPHR Certificate Preparation Program which has resulted in a pass rate among graduates of the course that is 40% higher than the national average. Graduates of SDEA’s course in 2016 averaged an 85% pass rate. The national average pass rate is 45% for first-time takers of the PHR exam and 50% for first-time takers of the PHR-CA exam. The program is being offered for the first time in 2017 starting on Thursday, February 23 and running through May 11, 2017.
The PHR/SPHR Certificate Preparation Program prepares human resources professionals for the HRCI exam, a test offered by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Professionals who hold credentials from the HRCI Institute represent a wide array of industries and their level of HR expertise ranges from Specialist to Vice President and above. The HRCI Certification is held by more than 500,000 professionals across the world and is considered a significant professional distinction for people in the human resources field.
“We are proud to offer a PHR/SPHR Preparation course that so thoroughly prepares HR professionals for their HRCI exam,” said Chris Bryant, President and CEO of SDEA. “The exam covers a wide body of knowledge and can be challenging to pass, so we have created a solution to make this process easier for today’s busy HR professionals,” Bryant added.
“We are giving our students the best tools,” said Michelle Peard, SPHR-CA, who is the lead instructor of the course at SDEA. “We offer a methodology of instruction that has proven to be very effective in helping students pass the exam,” Peard said.
“The PHR/SPHR class offered by SDEA was definitely the key to passing my SPHR exam,” said Nichole Rowland, SPHR, Senior Human Resources Manager with Balboa Nephrology Medical Group. “The class was convenient, had a very knowledgeable instructor, and the materials provided were the best tools to learn and absorb all of the content. This course helped me achieve another milestone in my HR career,” Rowland added.
The PHR/SPHR Certificate Preparation Program takes place on-site at SDEA’s training facility weekly on Thursdays, beginning on February 23 and running through May 11, 2017. The course is taught by Michelle Peard, SPHR-CA. The cost for the course is $995 for SDEA members and $1195 for non-members. To register for the program, click here or call 858-505-0024.