I am often asked by human resources professionals which certification exam they should acquire. For most human resources professionals, there are two options the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). In the past I would discuss with human resource professionals their background, experience, skills, and education and we would both decide on the appropriate certification exam with HRCI.
Today HRCI has a wonderful decision tool online that helps human resource professional determine which certification exam is best for them. I have walked through the tool with several human resource professionals and feel based on my experience that the tool does a great job in the decision making process. It is also important to review the “ eligibility requirement by exam and understand that the HRCI exams are primarily experienced based” (HRCI, 2018).