Professional in Human Resources

Advance your HR career with the Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) certification. Earning the PHR demonstrates your technical and operational knowledge of HR management, including U.S. laws and regulations. The PHR is for the HR professional with experience in implementing programs with tactical/logistical orientation. The PHR certification emphasizes a practitioner's operational responsibilities for the organization’s HR department.

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Am I Eligible for this Certification?

To be eligible for the PHR you must meet one of the following conditions for education and/or experience: Have at least one year of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Master’s degree or higher, Have at least two years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Bachelor’s degree, OR Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position.

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PHR Certification Overview

This certification demonstrates your mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR management.

What is Covered on the Exam?

Exam Content Outline Changing - Effective 3/1/2024

The PHR® Exam Content Outline will be changing effective March 1, 2024.  This means that for anyone taking an HRCI® PHR® exam between now and February 29, 2024 the exam will be based on the current exam content outline that is listed above.

For anyone taking an HRCI® PHR® exam starting March 1, 2024 and beyond, the exam will be based on the NEW exam content outline listed below.

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Exam and Preparation Fees

Exam Fee*: $395.00 + Application Fee: $100.00

* Once an exam application is approved, no refunds will be made whether a candidate withdraws or no longer wishes to take the exam.

What Is the Exam Format and Length?

Exam Time: 2 hours (plus 30 minutes administration time)

Exam Length: 90 scored questions + 25 pretest questions

Computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center or at your home or office using OnVUE

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How Do I Remain Certified?

Your PHR certification is valid for three years after testing. To maintain your PHR credential, you must earn 60 HR recertification credits over a three-year time span or retake the exam.

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