PHR® / SPHR® Certificate Eligibility

SHRMProfessional in Human Resources (PHR®)

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 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a high school diploma
     

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®)

The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification is recognized as a 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a high school diploma