How long, on average, did it take you to study before you could pass the PHR/SPHR exam? Did you think it was worth it?

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Couple months. If you already work in HR and have some familiarity with the concepts, it’s not too difficult.

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I would recommend a prep course, as it’s like built in studying. Beyond that, I spent about 2-3 hours on 4 separate days studying directly before the test. And passing was definitely worth it.

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I studied on my commute most days for a 2-3 months, didn’t take any prep classes, and passed the PHR easily. I guess it was worth in, I’m still at the same company 7 years later, but when I’ve applied to new roles it’s been a requirement or preferred qualification in many cases.

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