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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

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ISBN-13: 978-0782142525
ISBN-10: 0782142524
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From the Back Cover

Whether you’re a HR professional seeking to validate the skills and knowledge acquired through years of practical experience or a relative newcomer to the HR field looking to strengthen your resume, the PHR and SPHR certifications from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) provide you with the means to do so. The PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide was developed to help you prepare for these challenging exams, and includes additional study tools designed to reinforce understanding of key functional areas. Key topics include:

Strategic Management. Formulating HR objectives, practices, and policies to meet organizational needs and opportunities.

Workforce Planning and Employment. Planning, developing, implementing, administering, and performing ongoing evaluation of recruiting, hiring, orientation, and exit.

Human Resource Development. Ensuring that skills, knowledge, abilities, and performance of the workforce meet organizational and individual needs.

Compensation and Benefits. Analyzing, developing, implementing, administering, and performing ongoing evaluation of total compensation and benefits.

NOTE: This study guide and/or materials are not sponsored by, endorsed by or affiliated in any way with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). PHR, SPHR, GPHR and HRCI are trademarks or registered marks of HRCI. SHRM is a registered mark of the Society for Human Resource Management.

About the Author

Author Anne M. Bogardus, SPHR, has over 20 years experience working with small businesses in developing effective human resource programs to meet organizational needs. Anne currently works as an HR consultant.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782142524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782142525
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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117 of 117 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Copeland on December 30, 2005
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I just took the SPHR exam this morning (and passed), but I have to give this book a mixed review. It is essentially a general introduction to HR and its various specialities - what you might expect to find in a college-level "Intro to HR" textbook, with a chapter that explains the SPHR / HRCI, etc. In the author's defense, that is all she claims the book to be. The problem is, if you are seriously contemplating taking the SPHR exam, you are probably beyond needing a introduction to the field. In my opinion and experience, in order to pass the exam, you need to take practice tests. This book does come with a CD that contains flashcards and 4 practice tests (2 for PHR and 2 for SPHR), but they are only 55 questions each and thus a bit too narrow to really prepare you for the 225 question exam. I found the practice test available from to be an excellent resource (best $60 I ever spent) and an excellent tool to combine with this book - just don't count on this book alone. Again, the author says pretty much the same thing - this book is an HR reference and introduction to the SPHR exam, not a "test prep" system. HJC
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By DRob VINE VOICE on June 7, 2006
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Anne M. Bogadus' Study Guide for the Professional In human Resources Certification is a useful supplement to use when studying for the exam. More than anything, it acts as a review for things the HR Professional should know. It definitely would be more useful for the PHR than for the SPHR because the strategic elements of Human Resources were not given much emphasis.

The accompanying CD with practice tests and flash cards was useful in helping to cement definitions clearly in my mind-- but at the same time, that is my main complaint about the book. It's usefulness was mainly in providing definitions and very basic information. In terms of putting that information to use at a higher functioning level, the guide was not helpful. The questions on the SPHR tend to be complex situational questions and this book was not adequate preparation for those questions. There were also several key issues that were covered on the SPHR exam, but weren't even mentioned in this book. (By the way, I passed the SPHR so this is not sour grapes.)

All that being said, if you are studying for the PHR or SPHR, you should use several different study guides to help in your studies. If you can only afford to purchase one guide, do not purchase this one.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Allena on January 22, 2004
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I was fortunate to be one of the pilot readers of this book. I found it very interesting and informative. I think that the PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide is the book for which many of those preparing for the PHR/SPHR Certification Exam have been waiting! This study guide is a welcome addition to the materials already available. It is a clear and concise review of the Body of Knowledge. At first reading, it is quite apparent that Ms. Bogardus not only understands the material, but also presents it in such a manner that it is easy to comprehend the application of the terms, theories and procedures. The study guide includes cross-referencing, indicating where additional information and clarification may be found, and the self-assessment questions help the learner review the materials. In addition, excellent examples are presented, and the "Real Life Scenarios" assist even the seasoned professional in confirming his/her grasp of the application of the information. In my opinion, I believe you will find this Study Guide to be very beneficial in your preparation for the PHR/SPHR Certification Exam.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Jordan on June 14, 2007
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I used this book to study for the PHR exam. I took the exam in June 2007 and passed!

Let me give you some background. I have an MBA in Marketing and have 2.5 years of experience in recruiting and staffing. So, I do have HR experience, but not generalist experience. In other words, I have a pretty good knowledge of staffing and recruiting, but cursory knowledge of the rest of the HR world.

I bought this book because a friend of mine was using it as 1 of many resources in a prep course at a local jr. college. I only used this book, along with the practice exams from I had a very systematic way of studying. First, I printed out the 2007 Handbook from HRCI. Before I read a chapter on one of the Bodies of Knowledge, I read the Handbook section about learnings and competencies. I then read the chapter and took the test for that chapter that is on the included CD. I then repeated the process for the next chapter, except that I took the test for the previous chapter again. So, I read Chapter 2, took the test for Chapter 2, read Chapter 3, took the test for Chapters 2 and 3, etc. After I read the entire book (not an easy read!), I took the 2 extra PHR exams included on the CD. After that, I purchased the PHR practice tests from and went through them.

I dedicated a month to this process. I probably put in 2 hours every day. I finished going through the certgear test a final time on Sunday night and then took the test Monday morning.

This process may work for you, but then it may not. In all, I think it has a lot to do with dedication, your comfort level with computer-based tests and your ability to absorb and apply principles. I hope this helps!
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