The PHR exam focuses on the technical and operational aspects of human resource practices, U.S, law and regulation based.
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification is designed for the HR professional who
- focuses on program implementation
- has tactical/logistical orientation
- is accountable to another HR professional within the organization
- typically has two to four years of professional (exempt-level) work experience in all HR disciplines, but whose experience lacks the breadth and depth of a more senior-level HR practitioner
- has not yet had progressive and increasingly complicated HR work experience
- has responsibilities that focus on the HR department rather than on the whole organization
The PHR exam is divided into six functional areas:
- Business Management and Strategy (11%)
- Workforce Planning and Employment (24%)
- Human Resource Development (18%)
- Compensation and Benefits (19%)
- Employee and Labor Relations (20%)
- Risk Management (8%)
For complete exam content, please review the PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge.
| Exam Format
|| Exam Duration
|175 multiple-choice questions
||3 hours long
1 year of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Master’s degree or higher;
2 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with a Bachelor’s degree;
4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a Bachelor’s degree.
Click here to review the 2011 exam eligibility requirements.