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HRCI Certification

HRCI offers six certifications that provide an opportunity for HR professionals around the world, in different roles and stages of the profession, to demonstrate relevance, competence, experience, credibility and dedication to human resources to their employers, clients, staff members and professional peers.

HRCI’s examinations include:

·       PHR (Professional in Human Resources)

·       SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources)

·       GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources)

·       CA (California – must already be PHR or SPHR certified)

·       HRBP (Human Resources Business Professional)

·       HRMP (Human Resources Management Professional)

In order to sit for one of HRCI’s examinations, you must meet an eligibility requirement.  Please visit the link below for information on the eligibility requirements for each of the certifications listed above.

TSHRM Certification Study Group

To help our members prepare for the exam, TSHRM offers a certification study group .  More information to follow soon!

The groups meet for approximately 12 weeks before the exam period.  See our Calendar of Events to register.

TSHRM will be using Anne Bogardus’ PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide (4th Edition) as our primary text.  Other recommended texts are: PHR Professional in Human Resources (2nd Edition) by Cathy Lee Gibson and SPHR Exam Prep; Senior Professional in Human Resources (2nd Edition) by Larry Phillips.  While the books cover similar material, our groups’ discussions will be drawn from the Bogardus text.  All texts are priced at ~$40 individually at  Please bring your textbook resources with you to the study group sessions.

Certification Study Group Facilitators

We are currently seeking volunteers to facilitate the study sessions. Click here to complete the Facilitator Application. The Certification Chair will contact you to discuss your interest. Thank you for supporting the study group!

Additional Certification Preparation Resources

For additional resources on how to prepare, please visit HRCI’s website using the link below.  This link highlights additional self-study materials and links to other methods of preparation.

Exam Registration

Contact HRCI directly to register for the exam.  Please visit the HRCI website using the link below to start the application process for any of HRCI’s examinations.

Topics for Certification Exam

Visit the HRCI website to explore the current Bodies of Knowledge (BOK), which is available at the link below.  The BOK is the final exam content that all the questions on the exams are based from. 

The PHR and SPHR share the same BOK – below are the functional areas covered on those specific exams:  

  • Business Management and Strategy
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Risk Management
  • Core Knowledge required by HR Professionals

For information on all the exams and their respective Bodies of Knowledge, please click on the link below:


Once you become certified with HRCI, each certificant must fulfill recertification requirements to keep their credential current.

Whether you are newly certified or have been for years, review the Recertification Handbook, found at the link below to help answer any questions you may have:

Looking for Pre-Approved Recertification Activities in Your Area? Click the link below to access HRCI's online directory of pre-approved programs and search for classes and activities near you.

For additional resources on recertification, including tips for low-cost ways to recertify, click the link below: