As HR management practices continue to transform and become increasingly complex, the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) has modified its content outlined for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams. Specifically, the new PHR and SPHR exams for HR professionals will have greater HR emphasis on the employee experience and data-driven business decisions.
The new exam content outlines take effect on August 1, 2018. Exams scheduled on or after that date will be based on the structure and percentage weightings of the new, separate exam content outlines.
The 2018 PHR Exam Content Outline and the 2018 SPHR Exam Content Outline define the current state of key HR functional areas and competencies required of professional and senior-level practitioners. The HRCI identified expanded areas of responsibility and knowledge on their certification exams through a rigorous 2017 practice analysis study, in compliance with certification industry standards, to identify current HR practices in the United States.
"The practice analysis reveals that today’s HR professionals must be change agents who are 100 percent integrated into the business," said Amy Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE, the CEO of HRCI. "Today’s HR practices require more holistic strategies—not just HR strategies—that drive people, innovation and, ultimately, business outcomes through customer delight."
The 2018 PHR Exam Content Outline reflects greater emphasis on the HR professional’s role in the employee experience as well as the business decision-making process and use of data to make well-informed decisions. It outlines five functional areas for HR practitioners in management or professional-level roles: Business Management, Talent Planning and Acquisition, Learning and Development, Total Rewards, and Employee and Labor Relations.
The 2018 SPHR Exam Content Outline reflects an increased emphasis on a senior HR professional’s responsibility for developing workforce strategies that are aligned with desired business outcomes. Its five functional areas are Leadership and Strategy, Talent Planning and Acquisition, Learning and Development, Total Rewards, and Employee Relations and Engagement.
Visit the 2018 PHR and SPHR Exam Content Outlines FAQ webpage for more information about the new exam content outlines or email HRCI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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