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Apr 21, 2020 | HRCI Team

How to Choose a Certification Prep Provider

When you apply for an HRCI certification exam, the goal is to pass the first time. To maximize the changes of your success, exam preparation is key. 

Certification preparation courses help you focus your study efforts. HRCI offers several options ranging from online classroom options to self-study courses. Regardless of the method you select, it is important you create and follow a study plan that works best for you.

“How you prepare and the prep course you select should fit your unique learning style and schedule,” says David Meginley, HRCI’s Chief Business Development Officer.

Here are some things to consider when choosing an exam prep course:

Assess Your Knowledge 

Given each candidate’s education and work experience, their certification journey begins with a unique level of knowledge. The common challenge across all candidates is the amount of time that can be allocated to prepare is finite.
“Taking an honest knowledge assessment of the different subject areas will focus your study efforts efficiently,” says Meginley.

Therefore, we recommend performing an honest knowledge assessment of each of the tested subject areas. You can then concentrate your study efforts and take a deep dive in the areas where your knowledge is limited and assess your areas of proficiency. Several preparation courses offer assessment tools that help evaluate your knowledge in each subject area.

Weigh Your Learning Options

There are many certification preparation options available in the marketplace today.  When choosing a provider, we recommend candidates research and compare options.
Each course is designed with distinctive features. “Compare and contrast what course elements each one offers. You’ll find the best results from courses that match your learning style. If the best choice for you still is not clear, HRCI offers Associate Professional in Human Resources® (aPHR®) and Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) courses that provide candidates the best chance of success on exam day,” says Meginley.

Invest in Your Future

Certification preparation is really an investment in yourself and your career. Along with convenience, success rate and learning style, cost is always a factor in any purchasing decision.

“Choosing the right preparation outweighs the expenses of retaking the exam. HRCI makes it easier for candidates by offering several bundled options available on our website,” says Meginley.

Bundled options include both the exam fee and preparation course together for one discounted price.

If candidates still have trouble choosing the best option, the HRCI Customer Experience Team will be happy to assist you. The team can be reached at or at 1 866-898-4724.