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.
- 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
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.