Should You Take the PHR® Certification Exam?

An honest assessment of skills, knowledge and responsibilities within the HR function is critical when deciding whether to seek certification as a aPHR™, PHR®, SPHR®, and GPHR®.

The following profile of a typical PHR® candidate may help you determine which exam is appropriate for you. Because of the nature of the exams and their common body of knowledge, the PHR® and SPHR® designations cannot be held concurrently.  You may hold either a PHR® or SPHR® certification in conjunction with a GPHR designation.

A PHR® Certification Exam Candidate:

  • Focuses on program implementation.
  • Has tactical/logistical orientation.
  • Has accountability to another HR
  • professional within the organization.
  • Has two to four years of exempt-level generalist HR work experience, but because of career length may lack the breadth and depth of a more senior-level generalist.
  • Has not had progressive HR work
  • experience by virtue of career length.
  • Focuses his or her impact on the organization within the HR department rather than organization wide.
  • Commands respect through the credibility of knowledge and the use of policies and guidelines to make decisions.

To Register for the PHR® Certification Exam, go to and click certifications.
Once registered for the exam, return to HRReview and order your PHR® Certification Exam study materials on our Products Page or take a free PHR® practice exam.

We offer HR Chapter Programs with full facilitator materials to make it easy for groups to offer proven PHR® Exam Preparation Classes to help participants obtain their HR certification.