What’s the time commitment to earn the PHR designation?

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My boss recently encouraged me to go for my Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. I’m considering it, but need to get an idea of just how big a time commitment I would be signing up for. I see that SHRM says I should plan on a minimum of 65 study hours, but I have a feeling that’s on the low side. For any PHRs out there, how much time did you spend going for the designation? Is SHRM’s three-day prep course worth it?—Bruce, N.J.



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Tina May 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I had 10 years of HR experience before I went for my PHR. However, I was in a study group with 3 other HR colleagues and we met three times a week for about 2 hours for about 3 months (about 70 hours). We each took a chapter and “taught” each other the readings and then took the tests to see how we did. We probably overdid it a bit and really made sure that we knew the chapters inside & out so we’d all pass. We did. Good luck to you! Getting the certification is well worth the time and effort!

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Kelly, VA March 9, 2011 at 10:47 am

I found 65 hours about right for my PHR though I came into it with 5 years of solid generalist experience and quarterly employment law training. I spent a bit more time on my SPHR-100 hrs- and that was well worth it. Best of luck

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