HRCI Exam Statistics

Learn more about the number of certifications awarded by HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) and the first-time pass rate of certification exams. This data is updated yearly.

Keep in mind that HR experience, background and preparation are the keys to your successful HRCI exam experience. While pass rates may look low, this report does not distinguish between experienced and prepared test takers versus the unexperienced and unprepared.

Take advantage of the many exam preparation tool options, including HRCI Practice Exams, Second Chance Insurance and much more to ensure you are ready on exam day.

Total Certifications

Certification
As of January 2016
PHR80,421
SPHR54,677
GPHR
1,785
PHRca 
1201
PHRi1,337
SPHRi768
Multi Designations1,566

Please note that each number accounts for an individual record, providing us with the total individuals certified when added up. In some cases, an individual may hold more than one certification. 

HRCI EXAM PASS RATES

Exam Testing PeriodCredentialNumber of First-time Testers% Pass
May 2016-July 2016PHR 3,21250%
PHRca 4342%
SPHR 1,38551% 
GPHR 13265%
November 2015-January 2016 PHR3,69854%
PHRca 4326%
SPHR1,59553%
GPHR16155%
 September 2015PHRi37673%
SPHRi15971%
 May-July 2015 PHR3,436 53%
PHRca5238%
SPHR1,53650%
GPHR19347%
 March 2015PHRi36165%
SPHRi20266%


Disclaimer: HR Certification Institute
®(HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. HRCI encourages prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification preparation product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.