BENEFITS OF INDIVIDUAL CERTIFICATION

HRCI Exam Statistics

With the exception of the aPHRi, all of the HRCI programs listed below are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). HRCI required to report exam statistics annually in according with NCCA standards. To learn more about NCCA accreditation, and why accreditation is so important, click here.

In order to earn an HRCI certification, all candidates must meet eligibility requirements and pass an exam. If you aren't sure which exam(s) you are eligible for, click here for some help determining which exam is right for you.

Since everyone's experiences and knowledge is unique, be sure to review the exam content outline for the exam you plan to take prior to testing.

  

Total Number of Candidates Examined

From January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, 11,917 HR practitioners tested for one of HRCI's eight credentials - the aPHR, PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHRca, aPHRi, PHRi, or SPHRi. 

Number of HRCI Certification Holders as of January 6, 2022

8,882

aPHR

68,858

PHR

39,924

SPHR

2,781

GPHR

1,910

PHRca*

2,428

PHRi

2,149

SPHRi

HRCI’s Directory of Certified HR Professionals can be found here.
*For consistency of reporting, the PHRca figure includes those who earned the PHRca when the PHR/SPHR prerequisite was in place as well as those who earned the standalone credential after the eligibility criteria changed in April 2016.