Certification Resources


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Additional resources from HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) are here to help guide you on your HR certification journey. Here, you can also learn tips from HR professionals who have already earned their certifications and how HRCI credentials can help you advance as a professional.

For information about HRCI recertification and credits, please visit the Recertification Resources page.

HRCI Certification Handbook ― The 2017 HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) Certification Policies and Procedures Handbook provides you with an overview of the entire portfolio of HRCI credentials, including eligibility requirements for each certification. It's a great place to start and determine which certification is best for you. The handbook also provides detailed information to help guide you through the certification process.

HRCI Exam Content Outlines ― For each of HRCI’s certifications, the aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™, Exam Content Outlines are available for you to use a reference. Each provides a description of the concepts, tasks and knowledge you need to successfully understand and perform HR-related duties associated with each specific HRCI credential. Learn more about HRCI Exam Content Outlines.

A Guide to the Human Resource Body of Knowledge™ (HRBoK™) ― A great resource, providing you an overview of the HR profession and a framework for essential knowledge, concepts, tasks and responsibilities in the HR field. Learn more about the HRBoK.

4 Steps to Earning an aPHR, PHR, or SPHR ― This handy flyer provides you with a summary of the aPHR, PHR, and SPHR including important application details.

4 Steps to Earning a PHRi, SPHRi, or GPHR ― This quick overview provides you with a summary of the PHRi, SPHRi and GPHR including important application details.

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Value of Certification (aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR) ― Discover how HRCI certification can improve your career and learn more about the certification process.

Valor de certificación – Español ― Descubra como la certificación profesional de HRCI puede ayudarle a avanzar en su profesión de Recursos Humanos y la nuevas herramientas y recursos que le ayudaran a obtener un certificado reconocido y acreditado.

Getting Started: HRCI Certification Chat Archive

Get the Right Start with an aPHR ― Learn about the newest certification from HRCI, the Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™). If you are a student or just starting out on your HR career journey, the aPHR is the perfect credential to demonstrate your knowledge of HR and your commitment to the profession.

Your HRCI Certification Questions, Answered ― See how a PHR, SPHR or GPHR certification can boost your career.

Boost Your HR Career with a GPHR, PHRi, SPHRi ― View frequently asked questions about the GPHR, PHRi or SPHRi exams to get answer to some of the questions you might have.

View a conversation between prospective GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi exam takers and HRCI certification experts to get answers to some of the questions you might have.

Como Ampliar Su Carrera en Recursos Humanos ― Cómo obtener una Certificación como Profesional en Recursos Humanos – Internacional (PHRi™), Profesional Senior en Recursos Humanos – Internacional (SPHRi™), o Profesional Global en Recursos Humanos (GPHR®) usando las herramientas en español diseñadas especialmente para ayudarle en el proceso.