The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification is recognized as a 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 an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
- A minimum of 7 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) 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
$525 USD $475 USD (association member pricing) All prices include $75 USD non-refundable application fee
All Certifications are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam.
Earn 60 recertification credits, of which 15 credit hours are in Business Management and Strategy OR retake exam.
Body of Knowledge
For complete exam content, please review the PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge