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Exam Preparation

Preparing for exams can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, there are several options available that can assist you in the preparation of your desired HRCI exam.

While HRCI does not endorse a particular resource or method of study, we encourage candidates to explore the preparation resources that are available for each certification exam.

There is no single preparation method that can meet every candidate’s needs and we urge you to use a variety of tools and resources to enhance your understanding of general HR principles and HR exam content.

Our preparation resources include Exam Content Outlines, Practice Exams, preparation bundles, A Guide to the Human Resources Body of Knowledge, directory of certification preparation providers and more!

 Exam Structure


The Exam Content Outline describes
the complete set of concepts, tasks and knowledge required to successfully understand and perform the HR-related duties associated with each HRCI credential.



HRCI practice exams are the only tools that have actual retired HRCI test questions. The practice exams allow you to determine your HR strengths and areas of practice where you need further study or improvement and provide an awareness of the kind of situational questions you will encounter on your exams.




Build Your Own Bundle with the right combination of exam application and preparation products that meet the needs of a wide range of learning styles. HRCI has packaged together an assortment of self-study exam preparation options – and bundled them to help you save time and money.


The HRBoK offers a broad overview of the profession to enable HR practitioners like you (and your HR team) to align with standard practices. The guide provides a foundation for HRCI certification exams; it’s a powerful practitioner-driven document, outlining the scope and the requisite knowledge of HRM.


 The Exam Preparation Providers directory allows you to search for upcoming preparation courses or programs. The Exam Prep Provider Program consists of 140+ providers of products and services, including course instructors. The program will help you find the right exam prep provider for your budget and learning style.

Find helpful tips for creating individual study plans, access online resources, view book suggestions and evaluate different study ideas. 

Be prepared on exam day and learn what to expect at the testing center, how to navigate the exam itself, and watch a webinar where one of our exam experts provides tips on how to ensure a smooth exam process. 

Join HRCI Voices and connect with other HR professionals, both certified and non-certified. Gain advice from peers or start a virtual study group! 

Familiarize yourself with how the HRCI exams are structured and developed.

Disclaimer: HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.”