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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Due to scheduled maintenance, recertification applications will not be available to update during 9:00 PM - Midnight ET. We appreciate your patience.   

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


Application Fee: $75 (application fee is non-refundable)

Exam Fee: $375 
Maintaining Your Certification

Your PHR certification will be valid for three years. To remain certified, you must earn 60 recertification credit hours over the three-year time span. There are many low- and no-cost ways to earn recertification credits. Learn More

  • Earn 60 recertification credits OR retake exam

Exam Content Outline

Review the Exam Content Outline for the PHR and SPHR.

"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