HRCI Exam Statistics

HRCI exams are designed so that every candidate has a comparable chance of success regardless of when they test. Each candidate's HR knowledge, experience and preparation will play a factor. Below are the latest HRCI exam statistics. HRCI is transitioning to a new reporting format now that all seven of our HR certification exams are administered on a continuous, rather than a window basis. This data will be updated annually in accordance with accreditation standards.

HRCI Exam Pass Rates as of January 31, 2017

CredentialNumber of First-time Testers% Pass
aPHR62184%
PHR2,51355%
SPHR1,08057%
GPHR12367%
PHRca13450%
PHRi38868%
SPHRi18760%

NOTE: Accreditation standards require accredited certification programs to provide pass rate data to the public on an annual basis.

Total Number of Candidates Examined

From February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017, 14,149 HR practitioners tested for one of HRCI's seven credentials - the PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHRca, PHRi, SPHRi or aPHR.  In order to earn an HRCI certification all candidates must meet eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous exam.

Number of HRCI Certification Holders as of January 31, 2017

CredentialNumber of CREDENTIAL HOLDERs
aPHR1,032
PHR78,745
SPHR53,438
GPHR1,775
PHRca1,235
PHRi1,565
SPHRi752
Multiple Designations1,591