The HR Certification Institute (HRIC), established on 1976, is an internationally recognized, independent certifying organization for the HR profession. The HR Certification Institute is the global leader in developing rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery and real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices, policies and principles.
Today, more than 145,000 HR professionals in 100 countries proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark of high professional distinction.
PHR (Professional in Human Recourses). By earning your PHR certification you demonstrate a mastery of the technical and operational aspects or HR practices and U.S. laws and regulations. The professionally relevant credential is for the HR professional who focuses on program implementation, has a tactical/logistical orientation, is accountable to another HR professional within the organization and has responsibilities that focus on the HR department rather than the whole organization.
To sit the PHR exam you must have:
- A minimum of 1 years’ experience in a professional-level HR position + a Master’s degree or higher
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a professional-level HR position + a Bachelor’s degree, OR
- A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a professional-level HR position + a high school diploma.
Note: the PHR certification is valid for three years after testing. To remain certified, you must earn 60 recertification credits over the three-year time span or retake the exam.
SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). By earning your SPHR certification you demonstrate that you have mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management as practiced in the U.S. The credential is designed for the HR professional who plans, rather that implements, HR policy, focuses on the “big picture,” has ultimate accountability in the HR department, has breadth and depth of knowledge in all HR disciplines and understands the business beyond the HR function and influences the overall organization.
To sit the SPHR exam you must have:
- A minimum of 4 years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Master’s degree or higher
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a professional-level HR position + a Bachelor’s degree, OR
- A minimum of 7 years’ experience in a professional=level HR position + a high school diploma.
Note: To remain certified, you must earn 60 recertification credits, of which 15 must be Business Management & Strategy credits, over the three-year time span of retake the exam.
Note: In 2014 SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and HRIC (Human Resource Certification) split, with HRIC continuing to offer the PHR/SPHR certifications. SHRM will be offering their new SHRM Certified Professional and SHRM Senior Certified Professional.
The PHR/SPHR exam will be revised August 1, 2018. Exam preparation should be using the 2018 PHR/SPHR Exam Content Outline
CCT’s certification class maps to the original HRCI PHR and SPHR certifications.