Professional or Senior Professional in Human Resource (PHR/SPHR)

60 hours



The S/PHR program is divided into six modules, each of which builds on the preceding one and concludes with a relative section in the examination. Not all topic areas are given equal weight at each module of the S/PHR exams. The different topic areas for the six modules are as follow:

Module 1: Business Management and Strategy

  • Strategic role of HR in organizations
  • HR Business Management Skills
  • Strategic Planning Process
  • Assessing the Internal/and Scanning the External Environment
  • Measuring Strategic Outcomes
  • Ethical Issues Affecting Organizations
  • HR and the Legislative and Regulatory Environment

Module 2: Workforce Planning & Employment

  • Key Legislation Affecting Employee Rights
  • Key Legislation Affecting Privacy and Consumer Protection
  • Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action
  • Gender Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
  • Organizational Staffing Requirements
  • Job Analysis and Documentation
  • Recruitment, Flexible Staffing, Selection and Retention
  • Organizational Exit
  • Employee Records Management

Module 3: Human Resource Development – HRD

  • Human Resource Development and the Organization
  • Key Legislation
  • Organizational Development Initiatives
  • Adult Learning and Motivation
  • Training and Development
  • Talent Management
  • Developing Leaders
  • Performance Management

 Module 4: Compensation and Benefits

  • Key Compensation Legislation
  • Compensation & Benefits & the Strategic Focus of the Organization
  • Compensation Structure
  • Compensation Systems
  • Introduction to Benefit Programs & Key Benefits Legislation
  • Government-mandated Benefits
  • Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Health-care Benefits
  • Other Non-statutory Benefits
  • Compensation and Benefits Programs for International Employees
  • Evaluating the Compensation and Benefits System and communicating it to employees

Module 5: Employee and Labor Relations

  • Laws Affecting Employee and Labor Relations Legislation
  • Employee Relations and Organizational Culture
  • Employee Involvement Strategies
  • Policies, Procedures and Work Rules
  • Discipline and Complaint Resolution
  • Labor Relations legislation and Union Organizing
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Strikes, Picketing, and Secondary Boycotts

Module 6: Risk Management

  • Organizational risk
  • Key Legislation
  • Safety
  • Health
  • Security
  • Privacy

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