Associate Professional
in Human Resources -

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Is this Certification Right for Me?

If you are new to HR and want to distinguish yourself early on, the Associate Professional in Human Resources - International™ (aPHRi™) from HRCI is the perfect certification to help propel your career growth and provide you with the confidence to launch into the HR profession. Be one of the first to earn your aPHRi — earn the aPHRi and prove your knowledge of foundational Human Resources in any locale.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the aPHRi you must have a high school diploma or global equivalent. No HR experience is required since this is a knowledge-based credential.

What Is the Exam Format & Length?

  • Exam time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Exam length: 100 scored questions (mostly multiple-choice) + 25 pretest questions
  • Computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center

What Is Covered?

Review the aPHRi Exam Content Outline for details.

How Much Does the aPHRi Cost?

Exam Fee: $300* + Application Fee: $100

* Once an exam application is approved, no refunds will be made whether a candidate withdraws or nol longer wishes to take the exam.

To make certification more accessible worldwide, HRCI offers a global allowance for the aPHRi exam which provides the exam at a reduced fee.  Applicants who live in low-income, lower middle-income, and upper middle-income economies as defined on the World Bank Country and Lending Group list will pay a reduced exam fee of $150 USD.

When Can I Take the Exam?

Testing for the aPHRi is available year-round, subject to test center availability. 

How Do I Prepare?

You are encouraged to use a variety of study methods to prepare for the aPHRi exam. All HRCI credentials are designed to meet accreditation standards. As a result, HRCI does not endorse any particular preparation resource. However, here are some preparation resources and sample questions for your review. 

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