HRCI Announces Major Changes to the PHR and SPHR Accreditations

On January 16, 2018, The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) announced they are making changes to their Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams effective August 1, 2018.  Both exams will remain the same through July 31, 2018.  If you’ve been considering sitting for the PHR or SPHR now may be the time! 

HRCI is adopting a new body-of-knowledge (BOK) and exam content to reflect updated HR competencies, knowledge and practice-based experiences.  These changes are the result of a thorough practice analysis study conducted by HRCI in 2017.  It has been seven years since the last update.

In addition, to the content changes, HRCI will be utilizing new question formats that will include: fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and multiple answer option questions.  HRCI has not indicated exactly when this new question format will go live.  They are currently using this format for the aPHR exams and are beta testing it in some of the PHR/SPHR exams.  It is our understanding that the majority of questions will remain in the multiple choice format currently being used.

HRCI is also changing test centers; moving from Prometric to PearsonVue in March of this year.  If you are looking to schedule your exam after the end of February, you’ll need to visit the PearsonVue site. 

You can access:

  • The 2018 SPHR Exam Content Outline here;
  • The 2018 PHR Exam Content Outline here;
  • The 2018 PHR and SPHR Exam content Outline FAQs here

EANE is holding our 10-week spring study groups in Agawam and Auburn if you’d like to study and take the exam before these changes become effective.  You can learn more about these classes on our website – We are working with David Siler, Managing Partner of Distinctive HR, Inc. to ensure materials for our fall 2018 programs are updated in recognition of the new BOK and exam content. 

These changes will not affect recertification, so keep obtaining those credits!  Remember, as a member of EANE, you are eligible for up to 12 recertification credits – 3 general credits for each full year of EANE membership and an additional 3 Business credits. 

Contact us for more information.