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 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.