In case you’re new, I love talking about the HR certification exams. Like it? Great. Don’t? Well, there will be other topics coming along shortly, so stick around. And if you’re preparing to take the exam, then I recommend you check out the Rock the PHR guide!
In an old article I wrote about my process of taking the PHR exam, I included a graph that showed the pass rates for the PHR, SPHR, and GPHR exams. The green line stands for PHR, the red for SPHR, and the blue for the relatively new GPHR exam. It isn’t the best picture, but it should illustrate my point that as time has gone on, the pass rates have fallen much for the PHR exam. The SPHR has fallen less, but it’s still hovering around the 50% mark. Maybe because it’s so “easy?”
In response to the post yesterday, Kerry of the (fantastic) Clue Wagon blog said:
Honestly, I don\’t get why we\’re still having this debate over certification. I\’ve been listening to this since the Clinton administration, and it doesn\’t seem to progress.
If you think certification is useless, don\’t get certified, and don\’t factor it into your HR hires. If you think it\’s useful, pass the test and hire people who have passed as well. There\’s room for everyone. We don\’t all have to agree on this.
As I\’ve said elsewhere, my number one beef about HR is the navel gazing. I don\’t want to talk about tests. I want to talk about how to help companies succeed (especially now). We do a real disservice to people who are new to HR by encouraging them to focus on “the profession” instead of “the work.”
HR people spend a crazy amount of time talking about the innards of HR. How about we shut up and go help run our companies?
That is a great point. Just because someone doesn’t think the process is useful doesn’t mean we all have to hear about it. A friend told me yesterday in reference to the original debate, “Either give a solution or shut up. Stop whining.” I agree wholeheartedly.