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PHR / SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide [Paperback]

Sandra M. Reed , Anne M. Bogardus
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May 8 2012 111828917X 978-1118289174 4
Updated edition of best-selling guide for PHR and SPHR candidates

The demand for qualified human resources professionals is on the rise. The new Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. This new edition of the leading PHR/SPHR Study Guide reflects those changes. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge, this updated edition helps those professionals prepare for these challenging exams.

  • Features study tools that are designed to reinforce understanding of key functional areas
  • Provides access to bonus materials, including a practice exam for the PHR as well as one for the SPHR. Also includes flashcards and ancillary PDFs
  • Addresses key topics such as strategic management, workforce planning and employment, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations

This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.

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Updated to Meet the Requirements of the 2012 Exams

If you want to validate your skills as a Human Resources professional, you need to earn your PHR or SPHR certification. This new edition of the PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide helps you prepare for the 2012 exams, covering the key functional areas with which you'll need to be familiar. It offers invaluable insights on the new PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge as it breaks down the critical HR topics. Inside, you'll find:

Full coverage of all exam objectives in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exam

Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles

Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day

Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam

A handy tear card that maps the PHR/SPHR Body of Knowledge to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective

Sybex Exam Prep Tools

Go to and download a full set of electronic test prep tools to help you thoroughly prepare for the exam. These include:

  • Custom Test Engine

  • Over 200 Sample Questions

  • Two Practice Exams

  • Electronic Flashcards

  • Additional Appendices in PDF Format

Download practice exams and chapter review questions

Reinforce your understanding with electronic flashcards

Includes Real-World Scenarios, In-Depth Discussion of Body of Knowledge, and Access to Exam Prep Software Featuring:

  • Custom Test Engine

  • Over 200 Sample Questions

  • Electronic Flashcards

About the Author

Sandra M. Reed, PHR, SPHR, is the owner of Epoch Resources, a consulting firm specializing in the unique HR needs of small businesses. Sandra has authored learning modules and case studies for the Society for Human Resource Management. Anne M. Bogardus worked with growing biotech, high-technology, and public relations organizations at the manager and director levels. She is the author of Human Resources JumpStart and the previous editions of PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide. Technical Editor Brenda G. Budke, SPHR, directs an HR consulting firm in Fresno, California. She is founder and Dean of a corporate university, and is past president of the Human Resource Association of Central California (HRACC).

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great source March 4 2014
By Anmar
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is highly organized and very easy to understand, in addition it has challenging test, I do recommend it for the PHR/SPHR students
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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for people who do not want to spend $800 for the SHRM material Dec 17 2012
By Darren Charles Brown - Published on
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I didn't want to spend the $800 for the SHRM online material, so a friend recommended this book and I'm glad I took his advice. I used this book exclusively for studying for my SPHR exam and passed on the first try! Like some of the other reviewers said, it's a little wordy and can be confusing because information is repeated throughout the book, but if you're able to get past that and focus on the pertinent iformation, this is a great study guide because not only does it provide all the information that's in the SHRM material, but it goes further by providinig background information and "real life" stories and case studies to help with your comprehension of the material. The online tests and flash cards are also great tools.

The only negative that I have with the book is that it doesn't prepare you for the "type" of questions on the exam which are scenario based and highly subjective. To prepare for these typ of questions, I would recommend getting a study guide that has "test prep" questions with an explanation of the answers. I got one for $9.99 on Amazon, and it did an amazing job with preparing me with how to answer these type of questions.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Study Book - Only reason I passed May 2 2013
By Ally7onelove - Published on
I bought this book because I didn't want to purchase the SHRM $800 plus study guide. I made notes from each chapter took all of the exams and read all of the answers in the appendix. The one thing I appreciate the most about this book was the answer keys. Each question not only gave you the answer but the reason why it was right and gave the definition or reason why the other answers were not correct. I really believed this helped me pass my exam because I was not only able to practice sample questions but also able to study the other terms in the same sitting.

The book is a bit wordy but I really liked the real life scenarios it had through out the chapters and if you are already working in HR (as you should) you can make your own real life connections to the text. What I did not like was the fact that the book repeated information through out the book. It would start talking about a topic and go more in depth in the following chapters.

My study method was to take notes from each chapter (read approx 10 pages a day M-F) then the last month prior to my exam I studied my notes chapter at a time M-W. Nine days before the exam I studied a chapter a day and ended each day with taking the chapter exam. I took the exam once checked my answers, then studied the answer key and retook the exam about 30-60 mins later. The next day I would take the exam again and study the next chapter, take that chapter's exam, study the answer key and retake the exam 30-60 mins later. The cycle repeated until I was done with chapters 2-8. On the day before the exam I retook every chapter exam; studied my notes from the first section of the book (essentially I had transcribed the answer key from the pre-test) and took the exam then I checked the answers and then retook the exam 30-60 mins later. I did not do too well on any of my first attempts and thought for sure I was going to fail my exam.

I am proud to say that I sat for my exam today and I passed. In order to pass you need an understanding of HR. Simply studying terms and court cases will not do it. This book will give you that and if you can embrace the knowledge and not simply learn for the sake of learning and passing the test this book should be all you need. I was unable to utilize any of the online tools this book offers because my computer is bobo and I was able to pass using only this book and the practice test it contains.

I hope this information helps. Good Luck.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of PHR/SPHR Study Guide June 15 2014
By mrs catherine vanessa heintz - Published on
I come from a resourcing and recruitment background and decided to study for the PHR exam as a means to broaden my knowledge and add a qualification to my resume. I bought this book after great reviews by other users thinking that it could be used as the main basis upon which to study for the PHR exam. I read the book from cover to cover twice, condensed and summarized, took the chapter review tests and all the PHR online test practices that came with the accompanying DVD in which I was scoring full marks by the time it came for me to take the exam. I failed the exam yesterday and whilst I don't hold this book accountable for my performance, I would say to those who are using it without broad practical HR working experience and/or without the help of other study techniques, that you may find that it isn't enough. Most of the questions in my PHR exam were dissimilar to those in the book - sometimes using terminology I was unfamiliar with, and were often ambiguous where it was difficult to choose a 'best' answer because in the real world it would have depended so much on the situation. Some of the questions drilled down into detail that isn't covered in the book. I left the exam yesterday feeling disappointed and whilst as I say, I don't 'blame' the result on this book, I would like to warn students who do not have a breadth of personal HR experience not to pin all your studying on this one book.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throw your SHRM Materials Away! June 18 2012
By M. White - Published on
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This book is so much better than the SHRM materials. As a first-time PHR test taker, without extremely extensive knowledge of HR concepts, I chose to self-study with the SHRM modules and this book as my only resources. I believe I passed on the first try largely because of this book. Comparing the material, and the way it's presented between this book and SHRM, there's no comparison. It's so much more detailed, and practical. Even the practice test questions were much more advanced, thorough, and reflective of what was on the test. The only negative about this book is the way the information is laid out. It's a lot of words, and written very close together. Somewhat overwhelming. The book isn't very visual.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for a PASS! Jan. 7 2014
By T. Carson - Published on
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This book was a great review tool. Although much of the information I already knew from being a present graduate student specializing in HR Management, the book helped to reinforce many topics. i read the book in 2 1/2 months averaging about 10 pages a day. The book covered a lot of topics, but was not all inclusive. It is extremely wordy and covers things in excess that is irrelevant, but more knowledge the better. I stress that you should not rely on one prep tool. I also used the Mometrix PHR Flash Cards (see my review on the cards and how to use them in conjunction with the book). I also suggest that you utilize for test bank questions and more importantly (the 4 exams are set-up like the actual exam but I found this study prep's questions to be much harder than my actual test). I do need to say that I took the PHR Exam on 1/4/14 and passed. It took me all of 2 hrs without going back to review (I guess I should've taken the SPHR). My coordinator also took the exam with 1 yr experience and an MBA and passed using this book.
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