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Jun 14, 2018 | By Stephanie Runyan, PHR, Director of Product Development

Are You Ready for the New PHR or SPHR Exam?

If you’re considering a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) credential from HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®), there are some important dates to note.

Anyone who applies for and schedules an exam prior to August 1, 2018 will be tested on the combined PHR and SPHR Exam Content Outline.

If you are testing on or after August 1, 2018, you will be tested on the new 2018 PHR Exam Content Outline or the new 2018 SPHR Exam Content Outline. Moving forward, the PHR and SPHR will have separate exam content outlines.

Perhaps this is your first time taking an HRCI certification exam or you are testing to earn an additional certification. Begin your preparation efforts with a thorough review of the appropriate exam content outline, paying special attention to the correct version, based on test date. Careful review of the exam content outline will give you a broad understanding of what to expect on the exam and help you identify areas to focus your study efforts.

As with any type of exam, you can approach your preparation in a variety of ways. Choose a learning style that best suits YOU!  Everyone learns in a different way, so only reading a textbook or just taking a practice exam might not be the best combination of efforts. To start your study plan for an HRCI exam, consider starting with HRCI Exam Preparation Resources.

You will learn about:

  • HRCI Exam Content Outlines
  • HRCI Practice Exams
  • Build Your Own Bundle Programs
  • A Guide to the Human Resource Body of Knowledge™ (HRBoK™)
  • Directory of Preparation Providers
  • Information on HRCI Voices, a LinkedIn collaboration group
  • Study tips on what to expect
  • Information about HRCI exams are structured

Researching available resources, determining your preferred preparation style, setting your budget and determining your study timeline will all be instrumental as you prepare for the new PHR or SPHR exams.

You’ve got this!  Best of Luck!

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