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Certification

SPHR

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By earning the Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) certification you demonstrate that you have mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management as practiced in the United States. The credential 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.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

To sit for the SPHR exam you must have:

  • a minimum of 4 year of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Master’s degree or higher,
  • a minimum of 5 years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Bachelor’s degree, OR
  • a minimum of 7 years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a high school diploma.

WHAT IS THE EXAM FORMAT & LENGTH?

Computer-based Testing (CBT) at a Prometric testing center 

3 Hour exam

150 multiple-choice questions + 25 pretest questions

WHAT IS COVERED?

Review the SPHR Exam Content Outline for details.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Exam Fee: $475 + Application Fee*: $75

*application fee is non-refundable

WHEN CAN I TAKE THE EXAM?

The SPHR is offered throughout the year. Testing begins on November 1, 2016.

HOW DO I REMAIN CERTIFIED?

Your SPHR certification is valid for three (3) years after testing. To remain certified, you must earn 60 recertification credits, of which 15 must be Business Management & Strategy credits, over the three-year time span or retake the exam. To learn more about recertification, visit 

"With my SPHR credential, I have increased my credibility and stand out among my peers. I have finally earned a seat at the table."
--Kathy Horne, SPHR