Certification is vital to maintaining the high standards of the human resources profession. It also demonstrates that you have mastered the human resources body of knowledge and have accepted the personal challenge to stay abreast in the field. This credentialing program is given by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
The Management Development Institute will again offer a review course to assist in preparation for the national exam. The review course will incorporate the information that forms the base of the national test. We update the content for each review class incorporating all new regulations and current trends.
The Human Resource Certification Institute established new eligibility requirements, effective January 1, 1999. Candidates must have two (2) years of HR exempt-level experience to earn either the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designations.
Questions regarding eligibility are answered in a free booklet, Certification Information Handbook, available from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) by calling (703) 548-3440 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This booklet also contains the registration form you will need to fill out to register for the PHR or SPHR exam. A fee is required for taking the exam.
Difference Between the PHR and SPHR
The PHR exam will focus on the technical and operational aspects of HR, whereas the SPHR exam is generally considered more strategic and policy oriented, and requires more in-depth general management and HR management practice knowledge. Although the eligibility requirements are the same, HRCI still strongly recommends that candidates attempting the PHR exam have 2-4 years of HR exempt-level experience, and candidates attempting the SPHR examination have 6-8 years of HR exempt