The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification is recognized as a professionally relevant credential for those who have mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management in the United States. It is designed for the HR professional who plans, rather than implements, HR policy, focuses on the “big picture,” has ultimate accountability in the HR department, has breadth and depth of knowledge in all HR disciplines and understands the business beyond the HR function and influences the overall organization.
- A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
- A minimum of 7 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a high school diploma
Exam Format and Length
Computer-based Testing (CBT)
175 multiple-choice questions (150 scored, 25 pre-test)
3 hours in length
Application Fee: $75 (application fee is non-refundable)
Exam Fee: $475
Maintaining Your Certification
Your SPHR certification will be valid for three years. To remain certified, you must earn 60 recertification credit hours over the three-year time span. There are many low- and no-cost ways to earn recertification credits. Learn More
- Earn 60 recertification credits, of which 15 credit hours are in Business Management and Strategy OR retake exam.
Exam Content Outline
For complete exam content, please review the PHR and SPHR Exam Content Outline