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SkillSoft Releases Courseware to Support Human Resources Professional Certification

NASHUA, N.H., March 15, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of content resources and complementary technologies for integrated enterprise learning, today announced the availability of a 12-course series designed specifically to support the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification program. The company also plans to release additional courses aligned to the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification later this year. The PHR and SPHR certification programs are managed by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

PHR certification helps professionals gain recognition for meeting a defined level of training and work experience. To date, more than 75,000 professionals have passed the voluntary exam, according to HRCI statistics. SkillSoft's courses provide professionals with educational resources that could assist with preparation for the PHR certification exam.

"Now more than ever before, human resources professionals face unprecedented challenges in the workplace. Continuing education is a way to keep up on issues important to the profession," said Terry Grybosh, credential programs manager for SkillSoft. "Many of our customers have expressed high interest in offering certification opportunities to their HR employees and consultants."

The 12 SkillSoft courses mapped to the PHR exam represent more than 20 hours of instruction and cover topics such as affirmative action, employee relations and benefit programs, sexual harassment, union and non-union work environments, and employee recruitment, selection and compensation.

SkillSoft's was also given approved provider status by the HRCI, effective until December 2008. The company offers almost 300 HR-related courses that can be used by professionals to maintain PHR, SPHR, and GPHR certification status.

For a complete listing of SkillSoft's human resources courses, as well as a list of those courses that can be used to maintain PHR, SPHR, and GPHR certification status, go to or call 800 327 6960, ext. 1.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within the Global 2000. SkillSoft's multi-modal learning solutions support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal learning processes and integrate SkillSoft's in-depth content resources, learning management platform, virtual classroom technology and support services.

Content offerings include SkillSoft's business and IT skills courseware collections; ITPro(TM), BusinessPro(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), and ExecSummaries(TM) Referenceware(R) collections by Books24x7(R); and health and safety compliance courseware by GoTrain. SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort(R), the company's learning management platform with its powerful Search-and-Learn capabilities, and SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM), the company's newly introduced virtual classroom offering with associated tools for blended learning solutions. For more information, visit

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Linda Galloway
Apollo Associates LLC
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