Why Choose HRCI

Serving the Global HR Community

HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®), celebrating 40 years of being the most trusted HR certification organization in the world, provides credentials for a range of HR experience levels. Whether you are an HR expert or just starting out in the field, HRCI offers a suite of seven proven HR credentials that reflect different levels of career advancement and geographic areas of expertise in the HR field.

More than 500,000 HR professionals have earned certifications from HRCI, including certification holders in more than 100 countries.

Right for the HR Profession, Right for Business

Both HR professionals and the businesses benefit from HRCI certifications. A recent HumRRO study found that HRCI-certified professionals are hired more often, promoted more often and report greater career satisfaction. A 2016 study finds that companies with more than five HRCI-certified professionals had 25 percent faster revenue growth, better than 50 percent stronger stock price increases, and notably higher employer reputation rankings on Glassdoor.

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The Most Trusted Mark of HR Mastery

As an independent organization devoted to HR certification, HRCI ensures that each credential is earned, not given. Certification candidates meet specific thresholds for education and experience. Plus, HRCI certifications require the successful passing of a multi-hour exam to ensure that candidates have the knowledge and practice-based experience necessary to perform in their HR roles.

You can be confident that HRCI will always adhere to the rigorous gold standard for HR certification that it is known for. HRCI is the only HR certification body that seeks and maintains third-party accreditation of each of its credentials through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and works with certifying bodies around the world, such as the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), to recognize and support HRCI certifications.

Dedication to the HR Profession

HRCI certification holders are linked to a larger ecosystem of HR professionals, businesses, universities, HR associations, approved providers, certification preparation providers and many others committed to HRCI certification and united in the effort to make HR professionals valuable business partners in the organizations they serve.

Together, we are united in efforts to advance the knowledge and skills of HR generalists, not only through HRCI certification but through a community of HR experts who want to raise the bar on how HR can lead business.