HR Certification Institute
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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 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 an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) 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     $350 USD (association member pricing)

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

Body of Knowledge

Review the body of knowledge for the PHR/SPHR.

Domestic Advance HR Certification Brochure (2013)

"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