- The HR Certification Institute (HRCI) has revised the exam for the Senior Professional in Human Resources – International (SPHRi) certification to focus on analytical thinking, linking HR initiatives to internal and external global business results, and measuring outcomes. HRCI provides credentials to HR professionals who excel in the field.
- In announcing the exam's revisions, HRCI CEO Amy Schabacker Dufrane said the 2018 exam is more aligned with global HR practices and emphasizes both HR and business leadership.
- The HRCI publishes the 2018 SPHRi Exam Content Outline, where the highlights of future SPHRi exams for tests dates beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, can be seen.
HR executives know that understanding financials is critical to their having a "seat at the table" alongside the C-suite team. The exam revisions for SPHR certification reflect this vision.
Analytics is a key part of the exam's revisions, and for good reason. The ability to gather data and then extrapolate its meaning is becoming increasingly important to the HR role, especially as demands for cost/benefit analysis of important HR programs like wellness and employee development increase. HR tech's recent explosion also requires being comfortable with technological change and an ability to adapt.
Mergers and acquisitions are a common occurrence in business these days, and focus on their strategic impact has increased, as well. HR is charged with making M&As work after buyout deals are negotiated and signed. Getting employees on board with the process by keeping communication strong and prioritizing listening can lead to success in the long run.