Professional in Human Resources

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What you learn

The PHR and SPHR exams are both based on U.S. laws, regulations and practices and are generalist in nature (i.e., they assess all the functional areas of the HR field). They differ in terms of focus and the cognitive level of questions. PHR questions tend to be at an operational/technical level. SPHR questions tend to be more at the strategic and/or policy level.

The review course will incorporate the information that forms the base of the national test. We update the content for each review class incorporating all new regulations and current trends.

PHR Certification

The Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification demonstrates mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR practices and U.S. laws and regulations. The professionally relevant credential is for the HR professional who focuses on program implementation, has a tactical/logistical orientation, is accountable to another HR professional within the organization and has responsibilities that focus on the HR department rather than the whole organization.

SPHR Certification

The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification is recognized as a professionally relevant credential for those who have mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management in the United States. It 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.

Who should take it

PHR eligibility requirements:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a high school diploma

SPHR eligibilty requirements:

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a high school diploma

Why take it

Human Resources Certifications provide an opportunity for HR professionals around the world, in different roles and stages of the profession, to demonstrate relevance, competence, experience, credibility and dedication to human resources to their employers, clients, staff members and professional.

This credentialing program is given by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

MDI has exclusively developed exam preparation materials which include content review, test tips and over 750 sample exam questions. Course content is structured using lecture, case studies and individual and group exercises. Although no one course of study can guarantee a passing score, MDI’s Review Course has been successful in preparing PHR/SPHR exam participants for over 20 years.

PHR/SPHR Exam Review Course

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