Example PHR 12-week Study Plan

Week 1-2: Exam Overview and Test Format
  • Familiarize yourself with the PHR exam content outline and test format.
  • Review the eligibility requirements and exam registration process.
  • Understand the exam scoring system and passing criteria.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses based on the exam content outline.
Week 3-4: HR Strategic Management
  • Study HR strategic planning and its importance in organizational success.
  • Understand the role of HR in formulating and implementing HR strategies.
  • Review concepts related to workforce planning, talent acquisition, and retention.
  • Study HR metrics and analytics, HR laws, regulations, and compliance.
Week 5-6: Employee and Labor Relations
  • Understand the legal framework of employee and labor relations.
  • Study concepts related to employee rights, workplace investigations, and employee engagement.
  • Familiarize yourself with labor laws, labor unions, and collective bargaining.
  • Review employee communication strategies and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Study concepts related to workplace health, safety, and security.
  • Understand laws and regulations related to occupational health and safety, including OSHA.
  • Review concepts related to risk assessment, workers’ compensation, and disability management.
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency preparedness, security measures, and crisis management.
Week 7-8: Compensation and Benefits
  • Study concepts related to compensation management, including job analysis, job evaluation, and pay structures.
  • Understand employee benefits, such as health insurance, retirement plans, and leave policies.
  • Review laws and regulations related to compensation and benefits, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Week 9: Learning and Development
  • Study concepts related to training and development, including needs assessment, training design, and evaluation.
  • Understand adult learning principles, learning methods, and delivery options.
  • Familiarize yourself with employee onboarding, orientation, and career development.
  • Review concepts related to talent management, succession planning, and performance management.
Week 10-11: Total Rewards
  • Study concepts related to total rewards, including compensation, benefits, and other non-monetary rewards.
  • Understand the strategic role of total rewards in attracting, motivating, and retaining employees.
  • Review concepts related to variable pay, executive compensation, and recognition programs.
  • Familiarize yourself with compensation surveys, benchmarking, and salary administration.
Week 12: Review and Practice
  • Review the PHR exam content outline and ensure you have covered all the exam topics.
  • Take practice exams and review your performance to identify areas that need further improvement.
  • Review your notes, flashcards, and other study materials.
  • Focus on strengthening your weak areas and clarifying any doubts.
  • Practice time management by taking practice exams under simulated exam conditions.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before the exam and ensure you have all the necessary exam day documents, such as identification.
Remember to tailor the study plan to your own learning style and pace, and make sure to allocate enough time for thorough review and practice. Good luck with your PHR certification exam!
You’ve got this!