HR Certification Institute

HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) provides professional development opportunities, including the world’s most sought-after certifications for HR and non-HR professionals in the U.S. and internationally. HRCI makes on-demand professional development and assessment available through HRCI upSkill™, allowing professionals to upskill and/or reskill with the latest people management competencies.



An independent nonprofit organization, HRCI is dedicated to advancing the HR profession by developing and administering best-in-class accredited certifications, including:

  • Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™)
  • Associate Professional in Human Resources - International (aPHRi)
  • Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®)
  • Professional in Human Resources - California® (PHRca®)
  • Professional in Human Resources - International™ (PHRi™)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) 
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources - International Professional™ (SPHRi™)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources® (GPHR®)


For the serious HR practitioner, HRCI certification is a must-have career advantage. HRCI certification holders report better employment prospects, higher annual salaries, faster income growth and higher levels of career satisfaction. Today, HR professionals from over 100 countries proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute's credentials as a mark of world-class HR aptitude and innovation.


The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the HR Certification Institute's certification programs, aPHR, PHR, PHRca, PHRi, SPHR, SPHRi, and GPHR for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. 

Our NCCA accreditation further validates the credibility of our certifications. It makes the HR profession and the public aware of the standards and requirements that we meet. 

The HR Certification Institute joins an elite group of more than 100 organizations representing over 250 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation.

Alexandria, Virginia, United States


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