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Our Certifications


The Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification demonstrates mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR practices and U.S. laws and regulations. The professionally relevant credential is for the HR professional who focuses on program implementation, has a tactical/logistical orientation, is accountable to another HR professional within the organization and has responsibilities that focus on the HR department rather than the whole organization.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a high school diploma

Exam Format and Length

Computer-based Testing (CBT)
175 multiple-choice questions (150 scored, 25 pre-test)
3 hours in length


$400 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 recertification credits OR retake exam

Exam Content Outline

Review the Exam Content Outline for the PHR and SPHR.

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"Northeast Florida has many talented HR professionals. Having my PHR certification has helped with my credibility as a HR leader. My certification has contributed to my professional success, shown by my growth in positions, companies and responsibilities.

Confidence and respect - the PHR certification allowed me to have it all."

--Jennifer Dobbins, PHR