Which countries is the SPHR valid for?
The SPHR designation is granted by a US-based organization (HRCI), but it’s recognized in many countries. I’ve had people from Bermuda, Egypt, and Brazil email me before telling me about how they were attempting to pass the SPHR exam. It’s going to be country-specific as to how much people value the certification, and the GPHR might be a better option if you’re doing global work, but hopefully you already know whether or not the people around you will appreciate (and compensate!) you for your certification. The HRCI website says that there are over 100,000 professionals certified in over 70 countries.
When does it expire?
The SPHR is good for three years. During that time, most people take classes, go to seminars, and use work-related experience to gather credits for recertification. You can also retake the exam to recertify, but most people prefer not to.
Is there any annual fee afterwards and if yes, how much is it?
The recertification fee is $100 every three years, but the big investment is the ongoing training. I’ve spent more than $100 on local seminars and events this year alone. However, there are great free events to help you get credits, too.
What are the benefits of SPHR compared to Master’s Degree in Management and development of HR?
The biggest benefit is that it’s cheaper and faster than a Master’s degree. Here’s a post I wrote on the SPHR vs the MBA.
How many people are certified under SPHR so far?
As of August 2010, there are just over 46,000 SPHR certified individuals across the globe.
When has this certification begun?
HRCI has been certifying people for 33 years now.
Do you need to finish PHR first to have the right to go to SPHR, or they are independent?
They are independent, so you can go straight for the one that fits your needs.
By the way, if you’re looking for a PHR study guide, feel free to check this one out. :-)