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HRCI Certification Information

    New to HR?

    HRCI is introducing the brand new Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR℠) certification. The aPHR was developed specifically with entry level HR professionals in mind. This credential is the first of its kind within the HR community and the perfect program for recent college graduates, armed services men and women who are looking to transition into a civilian profession and other professionals seeking a career transition into the HR field.

    To qualify for this certification, the applicant needs a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. No HR experience is required. The exam will cover foundational knowledge of Human Resource practice including basic U.S. employment laws.

    If you or someone you know may be interested in the aPHR certification, we are currently seeking potential applicants for our aPHR Pilot Program and will begin accepting applications in April. If you would like more information on the certification and/ or pilot program, please visit

    HRCI Recertification

    Did you know that HR Certification Institute™ (HRCI™) has adjusted its recertification
    requirements to make them more flexible than ever?

    Based on the feedback from many of our certified professionals, we’ve provided more time-saving options in addition to traditional HR continuing education. You can now earn more credits ― up to 40 ― for personal achievements such as on-the-job activities, leadership, HR Membership and more.

    For example, you can earn you can earn recertification credits via:

    On-the-job experience – Get credit for a new HR activity that adds to your HR knowledge gained through work experience.

    More flexible instruction options – We’ve increased the number of hours you can earn for formal HR-related presentations and instructions from one to two credit hours. This includes workshops, webinars, in-house training and book club facilitation.

    HR Membership – Now you can receive more credit hours for your local, national and international HR membership (Maximum: 12 hours).

    To learn more about these enhancements, join us for a recertification chat on February 3, Noon, Eastern time. You can also find guidance in the updated recertification handbook.

    HRBP/HRMP will be renamed as PHRi/SPHRi

    This week HR Certificaiton Institute (HRCI) will announce a number of fantastic certification program updates and enhancements. One of the changes directly benefits you as an HR professional outside the U.S. with a Human Resource Business Professional ® (HRBP ®) or Human Resource Management Professional ® (HRMP ®) credential.

    The two certifications are being rebranded and renamed later this month:

    • HRBP will be renamed Professional in Human Resources - International℠ (PHRi℠).
    • HRMP will be renamed Senior Professional in Human Resources - International℠ (SPHRi℠).