HR professionals who earn an industry certification distinguish themselves from their peers. More organizations are recognizing the benefits of hiring HR professionals who meet rigorous industry and education requirements. Employers understand that certified HR employees or job candidates are dedicated to the HR industry and have mastered the skills and tasks required to manage an HR department successfully.
The most notable HR certifying organization is the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). There are three main credentials HRCI offers: Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). To receive a certification, HR professionals are required to obtain a specific amount of work experience, which is based on their education level, and pass the HRCI exam.
Passing the exam is no easy feat. Only 57 percent of PHR test takers and 52 percent of SPHR test takers passed the exam in HRCI’s most recent test period. Many organizations provide study aids to certification hopefuls. Some HR professionals regard the materials from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as the official study guide for the HRCI exam. Workforce explains that many professionals make this assumption because of the confusing affiliation SHRM has with HRCI, but HRCI’s executive director released a written statement that indicates the two HR organizations are separate and SHRM is not involved in any aspect of the HRCI exam.
Unlike SHRM, CAI offers multiple instructor-led study courses for PHR and SPHR Certification preparation. David Siler, SPHR, GPHR, Managing Partner of Distinctive HR, Inc., leads the study courses that boast superior results. His PHR and SPHR students have an extremely impressive pass rate of more than 90 percent. CAI offers flexibility in preparing for the exam with its web-based courses and its evening classes. The webinar format allows HR professionals outside of North Carolina to participate in the study courses as well.
- Study manual
- Complete library of audio CDs
- On-line access to videos on tough topics
- On-line access to hundreds of practice exams
- On-line access to learning and testing games
- Flash cards
- Tips on how to take standardized tests
- Comprehensive final practice exam
Elizabeth Fuss, an HR consultant at the Cascade Employers Association, currently is enrolled in CAI’s PHR/SPHR Web-Based Certification Study Course. She is participating remotely in Oregon. Elizabeth has been blogging about her study course experience for the past six weeks on her company’s blog. During her first week in the program, Elizabeth offered insights on the course and David Siler to her readers:
Never have I been so engaged in a webinar. His approach was logical. The plan for the class: master the knowledge needed for the test and master test taking skills. He has been certified for 30 or so years and has always recertified by re-taking the tests. So when he says that he knows what he is talking about, I believe him. His style is laid-back, but focused. He held me captive talking about test taking – that is no easy task.
Visit CAI’s Certification page if you are looking for a proven system for preparing for the HRCI exam. Decide which course is right for you, and contact a member of CAI’s Learning and Development Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.
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