HRCI Certification

How do I become HRCI certified?

Professional certification is intended for HR professionals with at least two years of exempt level HR experience. PHR and SPHR certification exams are offered through HR Certification Institute every year in May and December. Candidates for certification may select which level of certification they want to pursue based on their own mastery of the HR body of knowledge and their personal experience level. Information about the specific requirements for each exam is available at

HRCI Certifications available to Human Resource Professionals

The HR Certification Institute offers three core certifications: Professional in Human Resources (PHR©), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR©) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR©). The PHR exam focuses on the technical and operational aspects of human resource practices, U.S. laws and regulations. The SPHR exam focuses on the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management in the United States. The GPHR exam focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully operate in a global marketplace. In addition, the GPHR exam covers major employment laws from Canada, China, the European Union, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The HR Certification Institute's credentials are valued throughout the global HR industry because our exams test knowledge gained from experience working in the HR field as well as forward-thinking HR practices, policies and procedures that professionals are expected to know in order to perform their jobs effectively.

Prove that you have mastered and can successfully apply relevant human resource principles and disciplines throughout your career by obtaining HR credentials and maintaining them through recertification from the HR Certification Institute.