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PHR/SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by William H. Truesdell, Dory Willer

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CHAPTER3

Core Knowledge

The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) has identified 23 knowledge items that it considers “core knowledge” applying to the HR profession overall. Consider these prerequisites or foundations. HRCI believes that certification candidates should have a good grasp of these 23 knowledge areas.

In this chapter, we discuss each of the 23 knowledge items individually and show how they link to the other knowledge mastery requirements in the certification process.

23 Core Knowledge Requirements

Some of these core knowledge requirements apply to a few functional areas. Nearly all of them apply to more than one. That’s why they are considered core requirements. Just because one area of knowledge might be designated as applying ...

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