Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human
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Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
PHR and SPHR: Professional in Human Resources and Senior
Professional in Human Resources are intended for HR professionals
who have at least two years of exempt-level HR work experience.
Requirements: To be eligible to take either examination you must
• At least 51 percent of your daily activities must be within the
human resource function.
• Those activities must be at the exempt level.
To qualify to take the examination, candidates must have
employment experience in an exempt-level position as defined by the
Fair Labor Standards Act and its amendments. The examination for PHR
certification generally covers the technical/operational aspects of
HR. The SPHR examination focuses more on the strategic/policy issues
of the field. Candidates may select the level of certification they
feel best represents their mastery of the HR body of knowledge.
Student consideration: Students and recent graduates within one
year of matriculation to take the PHR examination at a reduced
student fee. Upon passing the examination, student candidates are
not considered PHR-certified until they obtain two years of
exempt-level HR work experience. Students and recent graduates who
already have two years of exempt-level HR work experience may not
take the examination as a student/recent graduate.
Exam details and cost: The PHR exam is a four-hour, 225 question,
multiple choice test covering all the basic HR functions. Costs for
the exam are between $100 and $355, depending on student and SHRM
Other HR Certifications include:
• International Personnel Management Association (IPMA) -
Certified Professional (CP), Certified Specialist (CS) -
• American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) - Human
Performance Improvement (HPI) - www.astd.org
• Employee Relocation Council (ERC) - Certified Relocation
Professional (CRP) - www.erc.org
• International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP ) -
Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Group Benefits
Associate (GBA), Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) - www.ifebp.org
• Employee Services Management Association (ESM) - Certified
Employee Services Manager (CESM) - www.esmassn.org
• WorldatWork - Certified Compensation Professional (CCP),
Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) - www.worldatwork.org