IS THIS CERTIFICATION RIGHT FOR ME?
By earning the Professional in Human Resources – California® (PHRca®), you demonstrate that you are an HR professional who has mastered the laws, regulations and HR management practices unique to the state of California. The PHRca is for professionals who either practice in California or are responsible for human resources in California. You do not have to be located in California to earn a PHRca.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
To sit for the PHRca exam you must have:
- a minimum of 1 year of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Master’s degree or higher,
- a minimum of 2 years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Bachelor’s degree, OR
- a minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a high school diploma.
WHAT IS THE EXAM FORMAT & LENGTH?
Computer-based Testing (CBT) at a Prometric testing center
Exam time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Exam length: 100 multiple-choice questions + 25 pretest questions
WHAT IS COVERED?
Review the PHRca Exam Content Outline for details.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Exam Fee: $250 + Application Fee*: $75
*application fee is non-refundable
WHEN CAN I TAKE THE EXAM?
The PHRca is offered throughout the year. Testing begins on November 1, 2016.
HOW DO I REMAIN CERTIFIED?
Your PHRca certification is valid for three (3) years after testing. To remain certified, you must earn 60 recertification credits, of which 15 must be California credits, over the three-year time span or retake the exam. To learn more about recertification, visit