HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®), headquartered in the U.S., is the premier credentialing organization for the human resources profession. For 40 years, HRCI has set the standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe.

An independent nonprofit organization, HRCI is dedicated to advancing the HR profession by developing and administering best-in-class accredited certifications, including Professional in Human Resources – International™ (PHRi™). 

HRCI does not provide certificates, but certifications. HRCI requires attendees take and pass the exam to obtain the certification.

What are HRCI Certifications?

HRCI certifications are amongst the highest standard for HR professionals around the world, and are awarded only to those who meet certain HR professional and educational requirements and who then pass an exam that evaluates real world abilities and judgment.


HRCI certifications:

• get you recognized
• get you hired and promoted
• distinguish you in the profession
• are respected, accredited, and sought-after
• support your growth and development throughout your career


Earning one of these rigorous, established, accredited, and well-respected certifications makes you part of the HRCI community, an influential network of over 135,000 professionals worldwide who are leaders in developing forward-thinking, dynamic HR strategies for their organizations.

Professional in Human Resources – International™ (PHRi™)

Associate Professional in Human Resources – International™ (aPHRi™)

Senior Professional in Human Resources – International™ (SPHRi™)