Senior Professional in Human Resources

HR professionals with strategic and policy-making backgrounds are ideal candidates for the Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®). The credential is designed for leaders responsible for planning rather than implementing HR policy in the U.S. SPHR professionals tend to be accountable for HR department goals, planning and executing business strategies and technology while understanding the overall HR needs of the organization.

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Am I Eligible for this Certification?

To be eligible for the SPHR you must meet one of the following conditions for education and/or experience: Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Master’s degree or higher, Have at least five years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Bachelor’s degree, OR Have at least seven years of experience in a professional-level HR position.

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SPHR Certification Overview

SPHR certification solidifies your credibility as an HR leader.

What is Covered on the Exam?

Exam Content Outline Changing - Effective 3/1/2024

The SPHR® Exam Content Outline will be changing effective March 1, 2024.  This means that for anyone taking an HRCI® SPHR® exam between now and February 29, 2024 the exam will be based on the current exam content outline that is listed above.

For anyone taking an HRCI® SPHR® exam starting March 1, 2024 and beyond, the exam will be based on the NEW exam content outline listed below.

New SPHR Exam Content Outline - Effective March 1, 2024 Learn About the Exam Content Outline Changes

Exam and Preparation Fees

Exam Fee*: $495.00 + Application Fee: $100.00

* Once an exam application is approved, no refunds will be made whether a candidate withdraws or no longer wishes to take the exam.

What Is the Exam Format and Length?

Exam Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (plus 30 minutes administration time)

Exam Length: 115 scored questions (mostly multiple-choice) + 25 pretest questions

Computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center or at your home or office using OnVUE

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How Do I Remain Certified?

Your SPHR certification is valid for three years after testing. To maintain your SPHR credential, you must earn 45 HR and 15 Business recertification credits (60 total) over a three-year time span or retake the exam.

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