SPHR Exam Results

SPHR Certification

I passed my certification exam!  I took a group study course in early 2010 when I finally decided to sit for this exam, and managed to pass a year later after studying for only two weekends.  Maybe that wasn’t the best approach, but whatever.

The Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) exam is a three-hour 200-question exam for HR professionals with at least seven years in the industry who:

  • designs and plans, rather than implements, HR policy
  • focuses on the “big picture”
  • has ultimate accountability in the HR department
  • typically has six to eight years of progressive and increasingly complicated HR experience
  • has breadth and depth of knowledge in all HR disciplines
  • uses judgment gained with time and knowledge application
  • understands the business beyond the HR function and influences the overall organization

The SPHR exam is divided into six functional areas:

  1. Business Management and Strategy (30%)
  2. Workforce Planning and Employment (17%)
  3. Human Resource Development (19%)
  4. Compensation and Benefits (13%)
  5. Employee and Labor Relations (14%)
  6. Risk Management (7%)