Our PHR-CA®/SPHR-CA® certification is designed for HR professionals who currently hold PHR® and SPHR® credentials and are experts in regulations and legal mandates specific to the state of California.
As an augment of the PHR and SPHR certification exams, the PHR-CA®/SPHR-CA® certification focuses on California HR-related laws and practices and does not test knowledge already covered on the PHR or SPHR exam. You need to hold a current PHR or SPHR certification to be eligible for the exam.
HR professionals who earn a PHR-CA or SPHR-CA have proven that they have mastered the unique skills necessary to practice in the state of California.
You must hold a current PHR or SPHR designation to sit for the California exams.
Exam Format and Length
Computer-based Testing (CBT)
125 multiple-choice questions
2 hours and 15 minutes in length
$325 USD $275 USD (association member pricing) All prices include $75 USD non-refundable application fee
All Certifications are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam.
- Earn 60 hours of HR-related activities, of which 15 hours are California-specific OR retake exam.
Body of Knowledge
For complete exam content, please review the California Body of Knowledge.