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Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Course number: CGISPHR40

In this course, you’ll discover the qualifications for HR certification and who is eligible. You’ll also learn about the contents of the SPHR® Exam by HRCI® and how the test is constructed. In addition, you’ll try the HR skill assessment tool to determine skill level and develop a personalized study plan. This course can be used in preparation for the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) SPHR® certification exam.

 What you will learn:

  • Describe the SPHR® exam
  • Describe the types of exam items
  • Identify BoK and its relevance to the HR profession
  • Identify the SPHR® exam eligibility and passing requirements
  • Identify and assess your level of HR knowledge to create a study plan that will guide you in allocating the appropriate amount of study time
  • Identify how to benefit from your SPHR® study plan

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, OR
  • 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.
Target Audience

The SPHR credential is designed for big-picture thinkers who are responsible for planning rather than implementing HR policy. The SPHR demonstrates your mastery of the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management as practiced in the U.S.




SPHR exam from HRCI

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Exam Options: In person at Pearson VUE test centers or online via Pearson OnVUE
Exam length: 115 scored questions (mostly multiple-choice) + 25 pretest questions

Your SPHR certification is valid for three years after testing. To maintain your SPHR credential, you must earn 60 recertification credits over a three-year time span, or retake the exam. Of the 60 recertification credits required, 15 must be Business Management & Strategy credits.


Post class completion, students can appear for the SPHR exam from HRCI.

Course Content
Course Overview
The SPHR Exam
Exam Item Types
Human Resources Body of Knowledge
What You Need to Know
SPHR Study Plan
Navigating the SPHR Program
Course Summary

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