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Certification

Which Certification Is Right For You?

Our rigorous exams are primarily experience-based. Candidates must meet certain criteria in order to take our exams. Those requirements are outlined below.

Which certification is right for you?

Strategy Development: Responsible for planning HR strategies that align with the organization's mission.
HR Operations: Focus on delivering HR services to meet organizational needs.
Cross-Border HR: Focus on HR activities in two or more countries or regions.
This is not a confirmation or a guarantee that you are eligible. To qualify, you must complete the formal application process.

Understanding Eligibility Requirements by Exam

   aPHR™

  • A high school diploma or global equivalent.
  • This is the perfect program for recent college graduates, armed services men and women making the transition to civilian life, or other professionals seeking a career transition into the HR field. 

  PHR®

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with less than a Bachelor's degree 

  PHRca®

  • A minimum of one year experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree
  • A minimum of two years experience in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of four years experience in a professional-level HR position with a high school diploma

  SPHR®

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master’s degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor’s degree, OR
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in a professional-level HR position with less than a Bachelor's degree

  GPHR®

  • A minimum of 2 years of global experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience (with 2 of the 3 being global HR experience) in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience (with 2 of the 4 being global HR experience) in a professional-level HR position with less than a Bachelor's degree
  • Global HR experience is defined as having direct cross-border HR responsibilities for two or more countries or regions

   PHRi™

  • A minimum of 1 year of professional-level experience in an HR position with a Master's degree or global equivalent, OR
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional-level experience in an HR position with a Bachelor's degree or global equivalent, OR
  • A minimum of 4 years of professional-level experience in an HR position with less than a Bachelor's degree or global equivalent

  SPHRi™

  • A minimum of 4 years of professional-level experience in an HR position with a Master's degree or global equivalent, OR
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional-level experience in an HR position with a Bachelor's degree or global equivalent, OR
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional-level experience in an HR position with less than a Bachelor's degree or global equivalent

Still have questions?

Please visit our common questions section, for quick answers to the most common questions about HR certification, eligibility requirements, and the exam application process.