Application Process


Due to high demand, the HR Certification Institute’s regular application deadline for the PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA® exams has been extended until Friday, 24 October.  We want to reassure applicants that they will not be charged a late fee if they apply before the new deadline.

HRCI is still receiving a high volume of phone calls, emails and voicemails and will respond in the order they are received.  Your patience and understanding are appreciated.


Completing our online application for certification is the first step in becoming certified. 

Interested in applying for the PHR, SPHR, GPHR or California certification exams? Learn more about the application process outlined here or simply start application.

Interested in applying for the HRBP or HRMP certification exams? Please follow the application process outlined here or start application.

Please note: The HRBP and HRMP exams are only available for HR professionals practicing outside of the United States.