PHR Certification

Professional in Human Resource (PHR) certification is the next step for human resource specialists interested in obtaining a higher-level human resource (HR) position. Successful candidates have between two and four years of professional HR work experience, and approach problems using logic and organization, but have not yet had the opportunity to delve deeply into a range of professional experiences or work on projects of increasing complexity.

PHR certification can be earned by taking the PHR exam. The exam concentrates on six areas.

Strategic Management is the focus of 12% of the exam questions.
Workforce Planning and Employment comprises 26%.
Another 17% of the exam looks at Human Resources Development.
Questions about Total Rewards address 16% of the PHR exam.
Employee and Labor Relations consider 22% of the questions.

Finally, candidates taking the exam will find 7% of the questions are concerned with Risk Management.

Take the Practice Tests:

PHR Certification Practice Test 1
PHR Certification Practice Test 2
PHR Certification Practice Test 3
PHR Certification Practice Test 4

Candidates for PHR certification will be given four hours to complete the exam. In total, 255 multiple choice questions must be answered. Currently, candidates for the PHR exam must be able to document 2 years of HR work experience. The requirement will change in the upcoming year. Beginning in May of 2011, candidates with a master’s or doctoral degree who are seeking PHR certification must demonstrate one year of professional experience. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree must demonstrate two years. Candidates with less than a bachelor’s degree must have four years of professional experience in order to qualify to take the PHR Certification exam.

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