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Our Certifications

California Designation (PHR-CA/SPHR-CA)

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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  

All prices include $75 USD non-refundable application fee

Certification Cycle

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.

California Designation
PHR-CA and SPHR-CA Body of Knowledge