WHICH EXAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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



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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



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