Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)


Credential: Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification is designed for big-picture thinkers responsible for planning rather than implementing HR policy. SPHR candidates possess mastery of the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management as practiced in the U.S., such as accountability for HR department goals, breadth and depth of knowledge in all HR disciplines, and understanding business issues beyond the HR function. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and education requirements and pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 7 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)

1725 Duke Street
Suite 700
Alexandria, VA  22314

Phone: (866) 898-4724

Contact Page

Education and/or Experience REQUIREMENTS

Option 1:

Candidate must have a minimum of four years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a master’s degree or higher

Option 2:

Candidate must have a minimum of five years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a bachelor's degree.

Option 3:

Candidate must have a minimum of seven years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a high school diploma.

Written Exam

  • Leadership and Strategy (40%)
    • Vision, mission, and values of an organization and applicable legal and regulatory requirements
    • Strategic planning process
    • Management functions, including planning, organizing, directing, and controlling
    • Corporate governance procedures and compliance
    • Business elements of an organization (for example: products, competition, customers, technology, demographics, culture, processes, safety and security)
    • Third-party or vendor selection, contract negotiation, and management, including development of requests for proposals (RFPs)
    • Project management (for example: goals, timetables, deliverables, and procedures)
    • Technology to support HR activities
    • Budgeting, accounting, and financial concepts (for example: evaluating financial statements, budgets, accounting terms, and cost management)
    • Techniques and methods for organizational design (for example: outsourcing, shared services, organizational structures)
    • Methods of gathering data for strategic planning purposes (for example: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats [SWOT], and Political, Economic, Social, and Technological [PEST])
    • Qualitative and quantitative methods and tools used for analysis, interpretation, and decision making purposes
    • Change management processes and techniques
    • Techniques for forecasting, planning, and predicting the impact of HR activities and programs across functional areas
    • Risk management
    • How to deal with situations that are uncertain, unclear, or chaotic
  • Talent Planning and Acquisition (16%)
    • Planning techniques (for example: succession planning, forecasting)
    • Talent management practices and techniques (for example: selecting and assessing employees)
    • Recruitment sources and strategies
    • Staffing alternatives (for example: outsourcing, temporary employment)
    • Interviewing and selection techniques and strategies
    • Impact of total rewards on recruitment and retention
    • Termination approaches and strategies
    • Employee engagement strategies
    • Employer marketing and branding techniques
    • Negotiation skills and techniques
    • Due diligence processes (for example: mergers and acquisitions, divestitures)
    • Transition techniques for corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, offshoring, and divestitures
    • Methods to assess past and future staffing effectiveness (for example: cost per hire, selection ratios, adverse impact)
  • Learning and Development (12%)
    • Training program design and development
    • Adult learning processes
    • Training and facilitation techniques
    • Instructional design principles and processes (for example: needs analysis, content chunking, process flow mapping)
    • Techniques to assess training program effectiveness, including use of applicable metrics
    • Career and leadership development theories and applications
    • Organizational development (OD) methods, motivation methods, and problem-solving techniques
    • Coaching and mentoring techniques
    • Effective communication skills and strategies (for example: presentation, collaboration, sensitivity)
    • Employee retention strategies
    • Techniques to encourage creativity and innovation
  • Total Rewards (12%)
    • Compensation strategies and philosophy
    • Job analysis and evaluation methods
    • Job pricing and pay structures
    • External labor markets and economic factors
    • Executive compensation methods
    • Non-cash compensation methods
    • Benefits program strategies
    • Fiduciary responsibilities
    • Motivation concepts and applications
    • Benchmarking techniques
  • Employee Relations and Engagement (20%)
    • Strategies to facilitate positive employee relations
    • Methods for assessing employee attitudes, opinions, and satisfaction
    • Performance management strategies
    • Human relations concepts and applications
    • Ethical and professional standards
    • Diversity and inclusion concepts and applications
    • Occupational injury and illness prevention techniques
    • Workplace safety and security risks, and strategies
    • Emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery strategies
    • Internal investigation, monitoring, and surveillance techniques
    • Data security and privacy
    • The collective bargaining process, strategies, and concepts (for example: contract negotiation, costing, administration)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The SPHR certification is renewed every three years by paying a recertification fee and either earning 60 recertification credits or retaking the certification exam. Fifteen of the 60 recertification credits must be business management and strategy credits.

    Additional information can be found on the HRCI website.

  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

In Demand

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

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Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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