I don't think PHR/SPHR certification carries significant value in the Indian Scenario. I have a PHR certification and lot of the employers, even people in the HR dept don't know what PHR/SPHR certification is.
In any case the certification is valid for the period of 3 years and has to be re-validated.
Hope i was able to answer your question.
According to what I know, its really a good Credential. Its much easier to CCP, issued by World at Work. Its harder to learn than JCA, and other certifications issued by ERI DLC.
This information is not to demotivate anyone, but to understand.
From the two websites SHRM and HRCI, the qualification seems really valude.
I like to have more comments.
Well I had also been thinkin of goin for a PHR exam.
But before doin that I, just took a free PHR test today on one of the websites. Not surprisingly, I found that many of the questions were from the US labour laws apart from the general ones. I personally feel that there mightnot be lots of value addition. More mature views invited.
If your are new to HR, PHR enhance most of your hr skills, infact its internationally recognized, and you better think about it, locally degree doesnt makes any sense. SPHR/GPHR is next level, and all certification like these need continous membership for exams and practices.
A old PHR/SPHR study guide is here from sybex, you can download it freely.
PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide
Author: Anne M. Bogardus
Edition: Bk&CD-Rom edition (October 1, 2003)
Paperback: 576 pages
URL: /http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=songstech-20&path =ASIN%2F0782142524
Whether you're a HR professional seeking to validate the skills and knowledge acquired through years of practical experience or a relative newcomer to the HR field looking to strengthen your resume, the PHR and SPHR certifications from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) provide you with the means to do so. The PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide was developed to help you prepare for these challenging exams, and includes additional study tools designed to reinforce understanding of key functional areas. Key topics include:
Strategic Management. Formulating HR objectives, practices, and policies to meet organizational needs and opportunities.
Workforce Planning and Employment. Planning, developing, implementing, administering, and performing ongoing evaluation of recruiting, hiring, orientation, and exit.
Human Resource Development. Ensuring that skills, knowledge, abilities, and performance of the workforce meet organizational and individual needs.
Compensation and Benefits. Analyzing, developing, implementing, administering, and performing ongoing evaluation of total compensation and benefits.
NOTE: This study guide and/or materials are not sponsored by, endorsed by or affiliated in any way with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). PHR, SPHR, GPHR and HRCI are trademarks or registered marks of HRCI. SHRM is a registered mark of the Society for Human Resource Management.