There are so many great reasons to pursue a professional in human resources certification. To begin with it is a great way to help people and companies function efficiently and humanely. Being a PHR gives you the opportunity to work with many different types of people and change corporate environments for the better.
Another great reason to be a PHR is that it is one of the most lucrative professions in psychology where you still get to work with people. When you compare the salary of PHR managers with marriage and family therapists or social workers they certainly make more money. According to PayScale The average annual salary for a PHR manager is $71,343 but an MFT’s is only $51,000 and a social worker usually makes around $54,000.
So we know there are some definite benefits of becoming a PHR, but what are the benefits of PHR classes?
1. Passing The Test
This is the simplest and best reason to take a PHR class, it gives you a better chance of passing the test! According to the HR Certification Institute only about 55% of first time test-takers pass the PHR exam. This is a worse pass rate than many other clinical jobs. You are more likely to pass your certification exam as a nurse, therapist, social worker, or doctor. So, if you want to pass the exam on the first try, you might want to consider taking a PHR prep class.
2. Learning More About the Exam
One way that PHR classes help prepare you is to help you learn about what is on the exam. These classes usually involve many practice tests and as well as tips and tricks regarding exam content. You will also learn about what it is practically like to take the exam. It is one thing to read online that it is three hours and 150 questions long. It is another to have a teacher tell you about their first-hand knowledge of that that process is really like.
3. Saving Money in the Long-Run
This might seem like a strange benefit because prep-classes cost money. However, if you do not take a prep class and end up failing the exam you will end up paying more money in the long-run. It costs $395 to take the PHR exam, every time you want to take it. Of course, the cost is probably a good deal more than this when you take into account the three hours of missed work for taking the exam and the cost of lost wages from not being certified.
4. Reducing Test Anxiety
Test anxiety can greatly interfere with test performance. Beyond that, it is hard on the body to be stressed about something. PHR prep classes can help reduce this feeling of stress and anxiety because it can help you feel confident in your ability to take and pass the exam. By taking practice tests and knowing what to expect it is likely that you will be able to relax a little bit the day of.
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