Ways to Recertify

To recertify and actively maintain your HRCI® certification(s), you must complete and submit the standard three-year recertification requirements of 45/60 HR-related activities or continuing education programs (to include at least one ethics-themed activity).

Additionally, you now have the option to carry-over surplus earned recertification credits. This is an optional program only offered to Active (not suspended) certificants who start to submit their recertification application on or after 1 January 2021. To qualify, the surplus activities/credits must be submitted in addition to the normally required 45 credits for aPHR®, aPHRi™ or 60 credits for PHR®, PHRi™, PHRca®, SPHR®, SPHRi™ or GPHR®.

Recert Breakdown


Recertify by Exam

Most certified HR professionals prefer to recertify their HRCI® credential through continuing professional development. Some professionals, however, prefer to recertify by retaking the exam. Follow these steps to recertify by exam:

  • Fill out and submit an exam application by logging into your online account profile.
  • Take the exam before your certification cycle ends.
  • Recertify only at your current certification level.
  • Wait at least 12 months from your beginning certification date before you take the test.
  • Adhere to the same exam-application policies and procedures and pay the same fees as first-time exam takers.
HRCI will review all recertification-by-exam applications.


Recertify by Provider

When recertifying through an HRCI Provider, please make sure to:

  1. Note the Activity ID number (e.g. 012345), also known as a Program Code or Recertification Credit.
  2. Submit the Activity ID (e.g. 012345) into your HRCI.org account in order to receive credit for completing an activity.

For more information on recertifying by credit, click here.

Recertification Instructions

By Webinars/Webcasts:

  1. Click on the webcast thumbnail image, or link, that you wish to watch.
  2. When the webcast page loads, click play to begin viewing the presentation.
  3. Make sure to capture and save a screenshot of your desktop before you close out the webcast. This screenshot image can be used as documentation for completing the activity, as you will not receive any official documentation from HRCI.
  4. Please note the Activity ID number.
    • Depending on the provider, this number may be found either near the end of the presentation, at the end of the presentation, or in the webcast description.
    • If you are unable to find the activity ID, you can still report the activity in the Self-Directed Learning Category.
  5. Log in to your HRCI.org account and add the Activity ID number to your profile, along with your screenshot documentation.