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Academic Program

Blend Your HR degree Program with World-Class Professional Certifications

HRCI’s Academic Program is flexible and offers several options to integrate into your current curriculum.

The HRCI® Academic Program provides organizations the opportunity to offer every graduating student two valuable credentials. Earn a college degree, as well as an HRCI certification with the benefit of continuing education credits. 

As students learn about labor relations, talent planning, data analytics and business management, they can also put those competencies into practice and earn an HRCI certification.

Most importantly, professors can structure their classroom lessons around different HRCI exam functional areas to supplement topics included in the University Program. 

Combining an HR degree with HRCI’s credential requirements, universities offer students the opportunity to learn additional HR core competencies, while earning one of HRCI’s eight world-class certifications. 

Many organizations recruit and hire HR professionals with an HRCI certification. Offer your graduates both an Academic Diploma and an HRCI certification that will solidify their competitive advantage as they enter the job market.

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Provide Transferable, Human Resources Coursework with HRCI®

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Prepare students just starting out in Human Resources, seasoned HR practitioners and everyone in between. Offer preparation courses to help candidates earn one of HRCI’s eight prestigious HR certifications. Each HRCI certification is designed to meet the accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

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Your Academic Curriculum is a great resource for our certificants. Reach HRCI’s community of credentialed HR professionals seeking additional knowledge and continuous learning opportunities for both their self-development, as well as their recertification and business goals.

life-at-hrci-icon-learning-leftAdd the aPHR® and aPHRi™ to Your HR Curriculum.

HRCI offers three levels of credentialing: Foundational, Professional or Strategic. The aPHR® and aPHRi™ program was designed for transitioning professionals or those who are just beginning their career journey. The aPHR/aPHRi is the first-ever HR certification that can be earned without prior HR work experience. The aPHR provides a unique way for students to stand out by demonstrating knowledge of HR fundamentals and commitment to the profession.



life-at-hrci-icon-learning-rightOffer Credits for HRCI Credentials

Provide incentives for students and practitioners when awarding credits for both undergraduate or graduate HR courses.

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Contact HRCI today to learn how you can design innovative customized programs to complement your curriculum and meet broader student needs and remain workforce ready.



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Resources for Academic Providers


HRCI’s certification program candidates often prepare for the exam by using a variety of resources that familiarize them with the HR body of knowledge and the exam process itself. 
The Academic Program directory contains over 60 colleges and universities. While the program helps candidates find the right exam preparation provider for their budget and learning styles.

We encourage candidates to use a variety of resources that will enhance their understanding of general HR principles and the Exam Content Outline that corresponds with their exam type.

Download the list of our existing Academic Program Providers


Disclaimer: We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. A certification preparation product is NOT required. HRCI does not guarantee an individual will pass the exam based on a certification preparation product purchase.

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HRCI has also gained the support of AACSB International to bring a similar level of commonality to HR degree programs that is required of AACSB accredited Schools of Business. As a member of the Business Education Alliance, HRCI is part of the world’s largest network of business schools and organizations focused on advancing business education. The AACSB Business Education Alliance, is a network of business educators, business, nonprofit, and public-sector organizations dedicated to sharing knowledge and best practices that accelerate innovation in business education. Together, we unite the best minds in business education—and the best minds in business—to work as one to achieve our common goals: creating the next generation of great leaders. Click here to learn more about the AACSB International accreditation process.