The PHR-CA/SPHR-CA certification is designed to add to the PHR and SPHR credentials; you must hold a current PHR or SPHR to take this exam. The exam focuses on knowledge of the HR-related laws and practices specific to the state of California. The exam is designed for the PHR or SPHR certified professional who practices HR or does business in California. The exam does not test knowledge already covered on the PHR or SPHR exam.

Exam Content

The California certification exam is divided into four functional areas:  

  • Compensation and Benefits (26%)
  • Employee and Labor Relations (46%)
  • Leaves of Absence and Workers’ Compensation (17%)
  • Health, Safety and Security (11%)

Exam Details

 Exam Format       Exam Duration Eligibility Requirements
125 multiple-choice questions 2 hours and fifteen mintues long Current PHR or SPHR. NOTE: The California exam eligibility requirements are not changing in 2011.

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