Working in human resources can be rewarding both professionally and financially. It is also something that has high competition. In today’s job market it is hard to find not only a position, but once found, to excel within it. The best way to make yourself invaluable to your current employer or to seek out opportunities with others, is by having the credentials that set you apart from your competitors. Having A PHR certification is one way of having something that others won’t, and to make yourself more appealing to a position. A PHR certification is one that is specifically targeted to the human resources professionals.
The way that you earn your PHR certification is through passing the PHR certification exam. It is a difficult exam that focuses on six different areas of expertise. The principles that are tested for are; workforce employment and planning, human resource development, business management and strategy, labor relations and risk management. Having the general knowledge of these is important to passing the exam. You are able to register to for the exam online, but you can not take it over the internet. You have to take the exam at an accredited location. For location sites, you must first register online to find a listing of testing centers available.
The exam is offered only twice per year from December to January and then again from May to June. The specific days that the exam is offered depends on your location, so it is important that you check out the dates to register ahead of time and make sure that you can take it in the time that you want. In order to be eligible to take the exam you need to provide proof of at least 2 to 4 years of work experience as a professional human resource manager. There are other skills that you will need, and having an education, although not required, will help you pass the exam more easily.
When registering for the exam, you will be offered study manuals and guides. Although they come at an additional cost, they may be helpful to find out what you may need to focus on and the general information that will be tested for. It is much easier to purchase the guide than to retake the test. Investing in the handbooks and guides is a great way to familiarize yourself with the material.
If you have gone through the guide and found that you may not have the knowledge base to complete the test and pass it, you may want to enroll in PHR certification classes. There are many classes available for you both at traditional institutions and online. If you are looking for classes available, you can consult the internet, or look at colleges and universities near you that may be offering refreshment classes, or additional help. Likewise, if you already have your certification and are in need of rectification, you may want to considering attending a class to brush up on the material you will need to know.