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    The eligibility requirements for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®), Senior Professional in

    Human Resources (SPHR®) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) exams are

    changing starting with the May/June 2011 exams.

    The last PHR, SPHR and GPHR exams to be administered under current eligibility requirements are

    during December 2010–January 2011 exam administration.

    PHR EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN 2011 CURRENT PHR EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    · Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with a master’s degree or higher.

    · Minimum of two years of professional

    (exempt-level) HR experience.

    · At least 51% of your daily work activities are

    within the HR function.

    · Minimum of 2 years of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with a bachelor’s degree.

    · Minimum of 4 years of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with less than a bachelor’s degree.

    SPHR EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN 2011 CURRENT SPHR EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    · Minimum of 4 years of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with a master’s degree or higher.

    · Minimum of two years of professional

    (exempt-level) HR experience.

    · At least 51% of your daily work activities are

    within the HR function.

    · Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with a bachelor’s degree.

    · Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with less than a bachelor’s degree.

    GPHR EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN 2011 CURRENT GPHR EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    · Minimum of 2 years of demonstrated global

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with a master’s degree or higher.

    · Minimum of two years of professional

    (exempt-level) HR experience.

    · At least 51% of your daily work activities are

    within the HR function.

    · Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with a bachelor’s degree. Two of the 3

    years experience must be in global HR.

    · Minimum of 4 years of demonstrated

    professional (exempt-level) HR experience

    with less than a bachelor’s degree. Two of

    the 4 years experience must be in global

    HR.

    ONLY ONE TESTING SESSIONS REMAIN BEFORE EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS CHANGE!

    The new exam eligibility requirements will begin with the spring 2011 testing window

    (May–June 2011). The last PHR, SPHR and GPHR exams to be administered under current

    eligibility requirements are in December 2010–January 2011.

    HR CERTIFICATION EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN 2011

    PHR® SPHR® GPHR®

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Q: Why are the PHR, SPHR & GPHR exam eligibility requirements changing?

    A: The exam eligibility requirements are changing to reflect changes and needs of the HR

    profession. The changes were made based on recommendations from over 14,000 HR

    professionals, business leaders, students and academicians. The new eligibility requirements will

    better align with the candidate profile which shows the level of practical experience and HR

    knowledge needed to perform successfully on the exam.

    Q: How is “demonstrated HR experience” defined?

    A: If a candidate’s title is not on the approved position title list, a candidate must demonstrate

    that:

    · Activities are at the professional (exempt-level), and

    · At least 51% of his or her daily activities are with the HR function, OR

    · An individual has direct supervision of those who deliver HR services.

    Q: What is the definition of “professional level” work?

    A: To be recognized as working at a “professional level” the experience must include:

    · Independence of actions – relates to the amount of planning, self-direction, decisionmaking

    and autonomy involved in the work experience;

    · A depth of work requirements – relates to the extent to which work experience requires

    data-gathering, analysis and interpretation;

    · A level of interaction – the degree to which the individual interacts with a broad spectrum

    of contacts, including decision-makers; and

    · Responsibility for work outcome – the accuracy and extent to which the individual is held

    accountable for his/her work and decisions.

    Q: How is “global HR experience” defined?

    A: Global HR experience is defined as having direct cross-border HR responsibilities for two or more

    countries or regions. An applicant who works for a company that operates in two or more countries

    but who does not have hands-on international HR responsibilities for at least two of those countries

    would not be eligible to sit for the exam.

    Q: How will the new eligibility requirements impact students?

    A: Students will not be eligible to sit for the exams unless they meet the exam’s new eligibility

    requirements.

    Q: My bachelor’s (or master’s) degree is not in HR. Does that matter?

    A: No, the degree requirements do not stipulate a specific area of study. However, because the

    exams are both experienced- and knowledge-based, your specific area of study can make a

    difference in your exam performance.

    Q: I am interested in taking the California certification exam. What are the eligibility

    requirements for that certification?

    A: To be eligible for the California certification you must already be certified as a PHR or SPHR.

    Q: If I want to recertify in 2011 (or later) by retaking the exam, do I need to meet the new

    eligibility requirements?

    A: Yes. Current certificants who wish to recertify by taking the exam in 2011 or later will have to

    meet the new eligibility requirements that go into effect in 2011.

    Q: Where can I go for more information?

    A: Contact the HR Certification Institute:

    The web: www.HRCI.org

    Email: info@hrci.org

    Call: 1-866-898-4724

    HR Certification Institute

    1800 Duke Street

    Alexandria, Virginia, USA 22314

    US Toll Free 1.866.898.4724

    Phone +1.703.535.6000

    Email: info@hrci.org

    Web site: www.hrci.org

     HR Certification

    What Is Certification?

    Certification is a voluntary action by a professional group to establish a system to grant recognition to professionals who have met a stated level of training and work experience. Certified individuals are usually issued a certificate attesting that they have met the standards of the credentialing organization and are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, usually through the use of acronyms (i.e., PHR, SPHR or GPHR) after their names.

    Certifications differ from certificate programs because certifications, by definition, include a work experience component. Certificate programs, on the other hand, award certificates once a course of study has been completed and do not require previous work experience.

    Purpose and Use of Certification

    PHR and SPHR certification shows that the holder has accepted the challenge to stay informed of new developments in the HR field. The PHR and SPHR exams are completely voluntary. The PHR and SPHR designations are a visible reminder to peers and co-workers of the holder's significant professional achievement. PHR and SPHR certified professionals should proudly display their certificates and use the credentials on business correspondence.

    Exam Overview

    The exams are multiple-choice and consist of 200 scored questions plus 25 pretest questions randomly distributed throughout the exam (a total of 225 questions). Each question lists four possible answers, only one of which is the correct or "best possible answer." The answer to each question can be derived independently of the answer to any other question. Four hours are allotted to complete the exam. All exams are administered by computer at more than 250 Prometric testing centers. There are no paper-and-pencil exam administrations.

    Are you Ready?

    Study Groups

    The Tuscora SHRM is happy to connect individuals interested in forming study groups for upcoming exams. The 2009 testing windows for the PHR/SPHR are May 1 to June 30 and December 1 to January 31. Go to http://www.hrci.org/.for registration details. For information about forming a study group contact Machael Norris at machaelnorris@spherion.com or 330-343-6366.

    HRCI Online Assessment Exam

    HRCI offers an online assessment exam comprised of actual exam questions that have appeared on previous exams but were removed from the item bank to develop the assessment exam. Before registering for the exam, consider taking this online assessment exam. The assessment exam exposes candidates to the types of questions on the actual exam. For more information about the assessment exam (including fees), visit the HRCI web site at http://www.hrci.org/.

    Choosing the Appropriate Exam Level

    Candidates should choose the exam level that best represents their mastery of the HR body of knowledge. HRCI has found that appropriate exempt-level HR work experience and educational background contribute significantly to success on the exams.

    With this in mind, HRCI strongly recommends that PHR candidates have two to four years of exempt-level (professional) HR work experience and SPHR candidates have six to eight years of exempt-level (professional) HR work experience.

    THE IDEAL PHR CANDIDATE:

    • Focuses on program implementation.
    • Has tactical/logistical orientation.
    • Has accountability to another HR professional within the organization.
    • Has two to four years of exempt-level generalist HR work experience, but because of career length may lack the breadth and depth of a more senior-level generalist.
    • Has not had progressive HR work experience by virtue of career length.
    • Focuses his or her impact on the organization within the HR department rather than organization-wide.
    • Commands respect through the credibility of knowledge and the use of policies and guidelines to make decisions.

    THE IDEAL SPHR CANDIDATE:

    • Designs and plans rather than implements.
    • Focuses on the "big picture."
    • Has ultimate accountability in the HR department.
    • Has six to eight years of progressive HR experience.
    • Has breadth and depth of HR generalist knowledge.
    • Uses judgment obtained with time and application of knowledge.
    • Has generalist role within organization.
    • Understands the affect of decisions made within and outside of the organization.
    • Understands the business, not just the HR function.
    • Manages relationships; has influence within overall organization.
    • Commands credibility within organization, community and field by experience.
    • Possesses excellent negotiation skills.

    PHR and SPHR Exam Functional Areas

    PHR

    SPHR

    Strategic Management

    12%

    29%

    Workforce Planning and Employment

    26%

    17%

    Human Resource Development

    17%

    17%

    Compensation and Benefits

    16%

    12%

    Employee and Labor Relations

    22%

    18%

    Occupational Health, Safety and Security

    7%

    7%