HR Certification Overview

Which exam is right for me?

Congratulations on deciding to add to your HR acumen by getting certified!  But now what?


HR Coach has partnered with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI ® ) by providing exam preparation programs for four of the exams they offer: aPHR®, PHRca®, PHR®, and SPHR®.  Deciding which exam to take is a personal decision; below is general information HRCI has provided to assist you in making the right choice.

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Find the Right Fit

Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR)

Do you have a high school diploma? Are you a recent college graduate, an armed services individual making the transition to civilian life, or other professional seeing a career transition into the HR field?

Professional in Human Resources - California (PHRca)

Do you work for a company that has employees in California? Do you have a degree and at least one year of professional HR experience?

Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

Do you have multiple years of professional HR experience or a graduate degree with at least one year of experience?

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Do you have at least five years of professional HR experience or a graduate degree with a few years experience?

Still have questions?

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