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HRCI Certification

    HRCI Certification

    The HR Certification Institute offers four certifications for HR professionals:

    • PHR® (Professional in Human Resources)
    • SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
    • GPHR® (Global Professional in Human Resources)
    • PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA® (PHR with state certification in California and SPHR with state certification in California)

    Certification is a voluntary action by a professional group to establish a system to grant recognition to professionals who have met a stated level of training and work experience. Certified individuals are usually issued a certificate attesting that they have met the standards of the credentialing organization and are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, usually through the use of initials (i.e., PHR or SPHR) after their names.

    Certifications differ from certificate programs because certifications include an experience component. Certificate programs, on the other hand, award certificates once a course of study has been completed and do not require previous work experience.

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    HRCI PHR/SPHR Exam Information: Please contact for general information, exam details, and to register for the exam.

    Scroll down for information on local Certification Preparation Courses.

    Preparation Courses

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    Some people find that independent self-study meets their needs while others find study group participation more desirable. Evaluate your own learning style and decide which study approach will help you the most.

    Formal preparation courses for the PHR and SPHR exams may include but are not limited to:

    • SHRM-affiliated chapter-sponsored courses.
    • Seattle Research Partners offers traditional class room learning and flexible on-line course preparation for PHR, SPHR and GPHR certification exams.
    • College/university-sponsored courses.


    City University of Seattle  North Seattle, Everett, Tacoma
    (800) 474-6849

    Columbia Basin College - Pasco
    (509) 542-4863

    SHRM Certification Preparation course. For more information, visit the SHRM web site at or contact the SHRM Customer Service department at (800) 283-7476 or (703) 548-3440.

    HRCI does not endorse any specific study preparation method or course nor does it maintain information about them. In fact, HRCI strongly recommends that candidates use multiple reference materials when studying for the exams.