In this video, receive an overview of the content on the PHR exam.
- Have you ever wondered where HR got its start? It may go back further than you think. Even Socrates thought of HR when he shared his perspective on leadership, suggesting that management was its own discipline. That was the foundation of how we think about human resource management today. Human resource management is the term used to describe any formal system implemented to manage people within an organization. The PHR exam is designed to test your competency in the skill areas HRCI identified as being central to advising management and guiding employees within an organization.
The PHR exam covers five functional areas, business management, talent planning and acquisition, learning and development, total rewards, and employee and labor relations. All functional areas are separated into responsibilities that HR pros execute and areas that all HR pros should have knowledge of. The business management functional area represents 20% of the exam content. Some of the responsibilities of HR pros related to business management are to interpret and apply general business best practices, reinforce an organization's core values, and evaluate what types of data will help leadership make informed strategic decisions.
The talent planning and acquisition functional area represents 16% of the PHR exam. HR pros are expected to have knowledge of talent planning, metrics used to understand staffing effectiveness, and the impact of total rewards on recruiting and retention. The learning and development functional area represents 10% of the test. HR pros are responsible for providing consultation to managers and employees on professional growth and development opportunities, implement training programs, and contribute to succession planning discussions.
The total rewards functional area accounts for 15% of the exam content. HR pros should have knowledge of job pricing and pay structures, payroll administration, and non-cash compensation. The final functional area is employee and labor relations. This is the largest section, representing 39% of the exam. HR pros may be responsible for facilitating diversity and inclusion initiatives, supporting the performance management process, and promoting positive employee relation strategies.
What I just shared is a general outline of the PHR test. For more detail and a listing of all the responsibility and knowledge areas, go to the HRCI website and download a copy of the 2018 PHR Exam Content Outline. You can also review the exercise file named PHR Exam Weighting included in this course. You're probably eager to take a closer look at each functional area, and I'm ready to partner with you as we travel the road to PHR certification.
- Modeling ethical standards
- Managing legal risks
- Finding and interviewing candidates
- Designing training and measuring its effectiveness
- Designing total rewards
- Promoting diversity and inclusion
- Employee engagement strategies
- Managing complaints and grievances
- Implementing workplace programs