PHR SPHR Study Guide

PHR / SPHR Study Guide

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Product Description

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.

From the Back Cover

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).

Additional Information


648 pages


Sybex; 4 edition (May 8, 2012)







1 review for PHR / SPHR Study Guide

  1. 5 out of 5


    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 information, 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 providing 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 type 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.

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