Any HR Reps? I have a PHR- Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification?

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Posted 7/6/2012 by neyw in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 7/6/2012 1:30:26 PM
Hi Everyone:
I am thinking of pursuing a PHR certification. Wanted to see if anyone here had done it and did it help you career/job search wise. Also any words of advice on what the best prep course or prep material might be.

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Neyw

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Posted: 7/6/2012 2:30:56 PM
Any HR Reps been there done that with this certification?


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Posted: 7/6/2012 2:31:01 PM
Any HR Reps been there done that with this certification?


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Posted: 7/6/2012 4:01:41 PM
I have a CEBS certification which is more benefits based that I got many moons ago. The nice thing about it was that it was a series of exams so you could do them over a length of time as you wanted. (I had taken some actuarial exams prior so the CEBS exams seemed rather easy at the time!)

I thought about going for the PHR when I went back to work after being a SAHM, but never really pursued it.

Every once in a while I consider trying for it. But it would do absolutely nothing for me in the company I work for now. And I have good job stability. And I am top of the heap with only the CEO as my boss.

I have heard it is very theoretical and the questions can be tricky. The best thing you can do is to find as many practice questions/exams as you can and make sure you understand the format.

I seem to remember in studying that there was a lot about unions and other types of HR work that I would not be doing and I just felt it wasn't enough job-related....

But if I were a bit younger with less experience and was trying to move up a corporate HR ladder, I would go for it!

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Posted: 7/6/2012 4:04:04 PM
CEBS - what a blast from the past. I hadn't thought about that for years.



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Posted: 7/6/2012 4:08:48 PM
I went directly to SPHR certification because I had a master's in HR and the experience requirement.

Yes, the certification is worth the investment in money and time. I learned A LOT from the prep course, and the rest was an excellent refresher. And, if you are fairly early in your career, it can help with advancement, either through changing jobs or in your current job. It's "cool" to add that title behind your name on a resume and cover letter, and it shows you are serious about the profession.


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Posted: 7/6/2012 4:44:27 PM
I have a PHR and might get the SPHR now that I am an HR Director. It definitely is worth the money. I took a prep course through an online university (can't remember which one) and was glad that I had a course. Make sure you take all the practice tests. The one thing that I wasn't very strong on and didn't have experience in was labor relations. And guess what the majority of my questions were about? Yep, labor relations. Study a lot, and you'll do fine.




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Posted: 7/6/2012 11:12:33 PM
Thanks for replies. I appreciate the feedback.


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Posted: 7/6/2012 11:19:46 PM
I earned my PHR when I was more junior and decided to sit for the SPHR last year. I took the in-person prep class and between the class, the prep materials, a lot of studying, and the fact that I am a good test-taker, it was not hard to pass.

I would recommend some type of prep class because one of the critical elements in passing is being able to recognize the "SHRM" answer as opposed to your experience or practitioner answer. The PHR is more fact-based; the SPHR is more scenario/hypo-driven.

Labor relations law is a big part of the exam. There is a lot more strategic management stuff on the SPHR than on the PHR.

If you can whiz through all the practice tests online and in the books from the prep course, you are ready to sit for the exam.

I have a ton of experience and and MBA but I was vain enough to want the letters after my name. It's not really going to elevate me at work but it makes me more marketable externally.




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