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HRCI Certification

HRCI® Certification      

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To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. To remain certified, you must recertify every three years to make sure that you stay current in the HR profession. You display your certification by putting the credentials after your name.

aPHR™  Associate Professional in Human Resources

PHR® Professional in Human Resources

PHRca® Professional in Human Resources – California

SPHR® Senior Professional in Human Resources

GPHR® Global Professional in Human Resources

PHRi™ Professional in Human Resources – International

SPHRi™  Senior Professional in Human Resources – International


HRAM is recognized by HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) to offer recertification credit for the PHRC or SPHR®.  For more information about certification or re-certification, please visit 


Ethics Requirement

Effective January 1, 2021, all certificants are required to fulfill one ethics credit during their three-year recertification cycle. This one ethics credit is included in the required 45/60 recertification credits requirement. Ethics is part of the core HR practices when managing daily employee interactions and organizational goals. This requirement ensures our certificants remain aware of crucial ethical practices and behaviors in the workplace.

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Get started preparing for your exam today!

Step 1:  Check with HRCI® to verify you are eligible to take the exam.  >>>Verify

Step 2:  Register for the next HRAM PHR® / SPHR® Study Group. >>>Check below for dates

Step 3:  Apply with HRCI® to take the exam.  >>>Apply


Fitting your certification exam schedule into a testing window is now a thing of the past. HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) provides year-round testing ― an HR industry first. The year-round testing provides you with the most flexibility possible to accommodate your busy schedule.

>>>More information on testing and exam fees


Beginning on May 1, 2020 , US and Canadian residents will be able to register and test using OnVUE, PearsonVUE’s online proctoring exam delivery system from the comfort of their home or office. Online exam delivery will be available for the following certifications:  aPHR® PHR® SPHR® and  GPHR®. OnVUE leverages artificial intelligence, in combination with live monitoring, to ensure exams are protected using state-of-the-art technology. Interested in learning more? Click one of the buttons below.



HRAM offers a 10-week class that includes study guides and additional valuable information to assist members who are preparing to take the PHR® or SPHR® certification exam through the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). HRAM’s study group is unique because it was designed with you, the HR professional, in mind.




 HRAM Member


 Non-HRAM Member

 $750 (includes an annual HRAM membership) 

*Fees include instructor study materials.  Fees do not include examination fees. Go to for more info on exam fees.

*Study materials have been updated based on HRCP study books.  Attendees can purchase the physical books on their own if they prefer.


We’re here to guide you through the preparation process and to celebrate your certification with you.  Besides being affordable, personal attention sets our prep course apart. 

Study materials come from a study guide prepared especially for HRAM and are copyrighted by HRAM and edited and approved by our HR instructors. Our instructors are selected for their expertise on the subject matter that they will be presenting. They are available to students to answer additional questions during the course and many provide additional study materials beyond those included with your course fees.



 Dates: 10 weeks

 March 17 - May 19, 2020

 September 15 - November 17, 2020
 Times: Tuesdays

 6:00 - 9:00 PM 

 6:00 - 9:00 PM
 Course Location:

 Moved via Zoom

 Via Zoom

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PHR/SPHR Certification Study Group Scholarship

The purpose of the HRAM PHR/SPHR Certification Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to HRAM members who are interested in obtaining PHR or SPHR Certification and are not being reimbursed from their employer or other sources.  

The Scholarship Application must be submitted before the start of the certification study group.  The HRAM Board will evaluate the scholarship applications. The recipient of the PHR/SPHR Certification Study Group Scholarship will be notified before the study group begins. The applicant must pay full registration fee for the class and complete the study group in good standing. Upon completion of the study group, HRAM will reimburse the recipient $200.00.

HRAM is not offering a scholarship this fall 2020.



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