Exam Fees

You can apply and test for the aPHR®, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, PHRi™ SPHR®, SPHRi™, and GPHR® throughout the year. Good luck as you take the first steps toward HRCI certification!

ExamApplication Fee*Exam FeeTotal
aPHR$100$300$400
*aPHRi$100$300$400
PHR$100$395$495
PHRca$100$395$495
*PHRi$100$395$495
SPHR$100$495$595
*SPHRi$100$495$595
 GPHR$100$495$595

*Special pricing available for certain areas of the world, as indicated in the Global Allowance Pricing (GAP) list for developing countries.

** Please Note: Once an exam application is approved, refunds will not be provided if a candidate withdraws or no longer wishes to take the exam. 

Second Chance Insurance

Second Chance Insurance (SCI) allows a candidate to pre-purchase the opportunity to retake the same exam type a second time if the candidate is unsuccessful the first attempt. The retake exam may not be changed to a different of exam type. The insurance must be purchased at the same time the exam application is submitted online. The insurance is an optional product and cannot be purchased separately. A candidate who is unsuccessful will receive an e-mail notification from HRCI and then may schedule a retake exam appointment beginning 90 calendar days from their previous exam date. Candidates using SCI will have 180 calendar days to schedule and retake the same exam type once the SCI exam application has been automatically set up. The cost for SCI is $250 USD and is a pre-paid and non-refundable fee. If a candidate purchases the SCI and does not utilize, the candidate may not request a refund for the SCI. 


Summary of Exam Application Options

 Voucher Payment  Cash/Credit Card Payment

Application approved by

HRCI

Schedule and take the exam at a testing center or through online proctoring within 180-calendar days from the application approval date.

Schedule and take the exam at a testing center or through online proctoring within 180-calendar days from the application approval date.
   

Application is made ineligible by HRCI

A new voucher is given to the candidate for an exam for which the candidate is eligible.A new voucher is given to the candidate for an exam for which the candidate is eligible. No refunds. Or, a full refund minus processing fee is given.
   

Change your exam type

If you want to change your exam type that you are taking, the exam type change form must be completed and submitted before an exam is scheduled. Once an exam appointment has been made, this is no longer an option.

There is a change fee plus difference in retail price of exam if new exam is a higher price. No refund if the exam is a lower price. A new exam voucher will be issued and must be activated within 90-days of issue date. Exam must be scheduled and taken within 180-calendar days of voucher being redeemed. No refunds will be issued if you are unable to take the new exam. 

There is a change fee plus difference in retail price of exam if new exam is a higher price. No refund if the exam is a lower price.  A new exam voucher will be issued and must be activated within 90-days of issue date. Exam must be scheduled and taken within 180-calendar days of voucher being redeemed. No refunds will be issued if you are unable to take the new exam.

   

Change your exam delivery option

If you have already scheduled at a Pearson VUE testing center, you can contact Pearson VUE or login to your HRCI profile and make this change. 

If you have already scheduled an exam at the Pearson VUE testing center or online, login to your HRCI profile or contact Pearson VUE. 

 

 

If you have a scheduled appointment at a testing center or online, you must first cancel that appointment before you can reschedule a new appointment. A $150 cancellation or exam change fee applies. 

 

 

The $150 cancellation or exam change fee can be paid in U.S. dollars (USD). Cash or personal checks are not accepted. 


If you have already scheduled an exam at the Pearson VUE testing center or online, login to your HRCI profile or contact Pearson VUE. 

 

If you have a scheduled appointment at a testing center or online, you must first cancel that appointment before you can reschedule a new appointment. A $150 cancellation or exam change fee applies.

  
The $150 cancellation or exam change fee can be paid in U.S. dollars (USD). Cash or personal checks are not accepted. 

   

Exam Appointment Reschedule

If you want to take the exam date within the original 180-calendar days, click here

 

An individual with an exam appointment at a Pearson VUE testing center may reschedule their exam appointment as long as it is done at least three days prior to the appointment. There is a rescheduling fee each time this is done. No refunds will be issued if unable to test on new date.An individual may reschedule their exam appointment as long as it is done at least three days prior to the appointment. There is a rescheduling fee each time this is done. No refunds will be issued if unable to test on new date.
   

Exam Eligibility Extension (60 calendar days) 

If you are unable to test within the original 180-calendar days of eligibility, you may request an extension by completing the Exam Eligibility Extension Form.

The request must be submitted within the 180-calendar days of eligibility. A candidate must cancel any exam appointment prior to the request. The Eligibility Extension Form must be completed at least ten days prior to the end of the original eligibility period and submitted with the appropriate fee. This extension cannot be used or combined with Second Chance Insurance. There is an extension fee and a limit of one request per exam application. No refunds will be issued if unable to test during extension.The request must be submitted within the 180-calendar days of eligibility. A candidate must cancel any exam appointment prior to the request. There is an extension fee and a limit of one request per exam application. No refunds will be issued if unable to test during extension.
   
Never schedule an exam appointment or miss the exam appointment during the 180 calendar day eligibility periodNo refund, exception or extension will be provided. You will need to reapply and pay all applicable fees. No refund, exception or extension will be provided. You will need to reapply and pay all applicable fees.