Congratulations on taking the first step toward achieving your Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification! The process you are embarking upon is rewarding and challenging, and as more than 96,000 of your fellow human resource colleagues have already discovered, it's an excellent opportunity to explore areas of human resource management with which you may not work every day. In the next few pages, you will find some general information about human resource certification, some suggestions for using this book, information about what to expect in the following chapters, and a discussion of the organizations involved in certification.

Before we begin, a word about what you should ...

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