Senior Professional in Human Resources – International



This program is designed for HR professionals whose primary responsibilities involve designing and planning HR policies and practices, and those who wish to learn practical and professional knowledge in developing strategies, leading HR function, foster influence in the community, analyze performance metrics, and align HR strategies to organizational goals.

After completion of the program, participants will be well-prepared to sit for TWO of the most-recognized certification examinations: The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) and The Senior Professional in Human Resources – International (SPHRiTM)

KORNERSTONE Institute is the FIRST and ONLY HRCI Certification Preparation Provider (CPP) in Hong Kong

The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.

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Certifications Highlights

  • SPHR® is a credential awarded by HRCI which has certified over 145,000 HR professionals in more than 100 countries. With over 40 years experience, HRCI has set the standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe. All certifications offered by HRCI are accredited by The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies have HRCI-certified professionals among their leadership ranks
  • SPHRiTM is a credential demonstrates mastery of generally accepted HR principles in strategy and policy development as well as service delivery. The credential is developed to validate core HR knowledge and skills and demonstrated mastery of generally accepted principles, independent of geographic region, from professionals practicing human resources outside of the United States. Through demonstrated knowledge, the credentials enhance the credibility of HR professionals and the organizations they serve

Each and both certifications represent high level of professional achievement valued by employers and organizations in every country. They provide a respected distinction for HR professionals who had achieve the credential

Course Contents

SPHR® Exam – Functional Areas
Business Management and Strategy Compensation and Benefits HR Development
Workforce Planning and Employment Employee and Labor Relations Risk Management
SPHRiTM Exam – Knowledge Areas
HR as a Business Leader Measurement People Development and Talent Management HR Service Delivery

Training Highlights

  • Professional training which includes:
    1. Instructor-led classroom training with lectures, case studies and facilitated group discussions
    2. Mock examination and examination drill
    3. Practice Exercise
  • Emphasis is placed on both exam preparation and practical application in professional HR roles
  • A well-balanced approach of training including lectures, case studies, and facilitated group discussions
  • Free re-sitting for those who fail in the public exam and have 80% of attendance or above
  • Eligible for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) Reimbursement

Examination Highlights

  • SPHR® – a 3-hour computer-based exam with 175 multiple-choice questions
  • SPHR® Exam fee : USD495, Application Fee: USD100
  • SPHRiTM – a 2.5-hour computer-based exam with 130 multiple-choice questions
  • SPHRiTM Exam fee : USD495, Application Fee: USD100

Chartered Requirements

Less than a Bachelor’s DegreeBachelor’s DegreeGraduate Degree or Above
min. 7 years in HR rolemin. 5 years in HR rolemin. 4 years in HR role
Candidates with less experience may consider to sit for the PHR® exam
Less than a Bachelor’s DegreeBachelor’s DegreeGraduate Degree or Above
min. 7 years in HR rolemin. 5 years in HR rolemin. 4 years in HR role
Candidates with less experience may consider to sit for the PHRiTM exam

In addition to relevant work experience, SPHRi candidates must also demonstrate knowledge of employment law in one of the following ways:

  • Holding a national or local certification (such as PHR, SPHR, GPHR, CHRP, CIPM, CAHRI-CP etc.) that includes knowledge of employment laws, OR
  • Holding a Bachelor’s degree (or global equivalent) or higher in Human Resources, OR
  • Completing a university or college-level course in employment law, OR
  • Completing a formal training class or certificate program in employment law sponsored by a university/college, HR association or other approved training provider

* KORNERSTONE CHRP program is one of the approved training courses enabling SPHRiTM candidates to fulfill this requirement


Both certification holders are required to renew their certification every three years. This can be achieved by completing professional development activities and demonstrating professional achievement to receive recertification credits.

For more details, please visit HRCI official website :

Master Trainer

Mr. Jeff Jones, SPHR®, SHRM-SCPTM, PMP®

  • A strategic leader and university professor, with over 25 years solid experience in HRM
  • Has served in the airline industry and the U.S. Military, specifically experienced in Maintenance Programs, Quality and Training, New Technology, and leading cultural changes in organizations
  • Regularly contracted by University of Phoenix, as a professor of HRM and Operations Management

Module Expert

Ms. Winnie Chiu

  • Partner, ONC Lawyers
  • HR Compliance Adviser
  • International HR Consultant