SPHR Essentials

The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification is designed for the HR professional who 

  • designs and plans, rather than implements, HR policy
  • focuses on the “big picture”
  • has ultimate accountability in the HR department
  • typically has six to eight years of progressive and increasingly complicated HR experience
  • has breadth and depth of knowledge in all HR disciplines
  • uses judgment gained with time and knowledge application
  • understands the business beyond the HR function and influences the overall organization

Exam Content

The SPHR exam is divided into six functional areas:  

  • Strategic Management (29%)
  • Workforce Planning and Employment (17%)
  • Human Resource Development (17%)
  • Total Rewards (12%)
  • Employee and Labor Relations (18%)
  • Risk Management (7%) 

For complete exam content, please review the PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge.

Exam Details

 Exam Format       Exam Duration Eligibility Requirements
225 multiple-choice questions 4 hours long 2 years of professional HR experience.NOTE: Exam eligibility requirements will be changing in May 2011.

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