Certification is the highest recognition that can be obtained in the field of Human Resources. It symbolizes professional achievement beyond education and experience. The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification signify mastery of the HR body of knowledge. The Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification signifies mastery of international HR.
The exam eligibility requirements have significantly changed for 2011. Check the HRCI website for information on the new Birthday Rule!
To earn the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification (after passing the examination), candidates must have at least 4 years of demonstrated human resources experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree, or 2 years of demonstrated human resources experience with a Bachelor’s degree, or 1 year of demonstrated human resources experience with a Master’s degree or higher. The examination for PHR certification generally covers the technical/operational aspects of HR.
To earn the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification (after passing the examination), candidates must have at least 7 years of demonstrated human resources experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree, or 5 years of demonstrated human resources experience with a Bachelor’s degree, or 4 year of demonstrated human resources experience with a Master’s degree or higher. The SPHR examination focuses more on the strategic/policy issues of the field.
See HRCI website for more details.
To help our members prepare for the exam, TSHRM offers a certification study group two times per year; in the Spring and in the Fall.
TSHRM will hold a Spring and a Fall Certification Study Group. The groups meet for approximately 12 weeks before the exam period. See our Calendar of Events to register.
We will be using Anne Bogardus’ PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide (4th Edition) as our primary text. Other recommended texts are: PHR Professional in Human Resources (2nd Edition) by Cathy Lee Gibson and SPHR Exam Prep; Senior Professional in Human Resources (2nd Edition) by Larry Phillips. While the books cover similar material, our groups discussions will be drawn from the Bogardus text. All texts are priced bat $40 individually at Amazon.com . Please bring your textbook resources with you to the study group sessions.
We are currently seeking volunteers to facilitate the study sessions. Click here to complete the Facilitator Application. The Certification Director will contact you to discuss your interest. Thank you for supporting the study group!
Contact HRCI directly to register for the exam. You can visit the website www.hrci.org for detailed information or call (800) 283-7476.
You should print a Certification Information Handbook (about 70 pages) from the website or call and they will send one to you. This is a good resource. Also, available through the SHRM Store, is the "Official PHR and SPHR Certification Guide" by Raymond B. Weinberg, CCP, SPHR. The cost of the book is around $30. The "Certification Guide" provides useful information and a sample exam.
Visit the HRCI website for detailed information about the current exam topics. Below is a list of the exam topics.
Workforce Planning and Employment
Human Resource Development
Employee and Labor Relations
Core Knowledge required by HR Professionals
For more information about the TSHRM Certfication Study Group, contact the Certification Director.
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