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HR Certifications

    HR Certifications and More...

    If you’re in need of HRCI and/or SHRM credit here are a few free resources with pre-approved credit.

    SHRM Competency Based Certifications

    Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert 
    and leader in the HR field—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping 
    you and your organization more competitive in today's economy. This professional 
    distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge 
    and skills.

    SHRM offers two certifications for HR professionals:

    Click here to view the SHRM FAQ page regarding the competency based certifications - get your questions answered here!

    HRCI Certifications

    The HR Certification Institute (HRCI), established in 1976, is an internationally recognized certifying organization for the human resource profession. Today, more than 115,000 HR professionals worldwide proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark of high professional distinction. The HR Certification Institute is a global leader in developing rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery and real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices, policies and principles.

    The HR Certification Institute offers four certifications for HR professionals:

    • PHR® (Professional in Human Resources)
    • SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
    • GPHR® (Global Professional in Human Resources)
    • PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA® (PHR with state certification in California and SPHR with state certification in California)

    HRCI Certification differ from certificate programs because certifications include an experience component. Certificate programs, on the other hand, award certificates once a course of study has been completed and do not require previous work experience.

    HRCI Exam Information: 

    Please contact for general information, exam details, and to register for the exam.

    Click here for Exam Schedules and Fees

    Beginning in 2014, HRCI will be implementing a new “Birthday Rule” for recertification deadlines.
    After the Birthday Rule goes into effect on February 1, 2014, your new recertification date will be the end of your birth month. You will continue to have at least three (3) years to complete your recertification cycle. However, instead of your cycle ending in the month in which you became certified, it will be extended to the end of the month in which you were born. You will NOT need to earn more than 60 credits during this one-time initial extended cycle.

    Please click here to visit the HRCI website to read the specifics regarding the new Birthday Rule.

    HRCI Preparation

    Some people find that independent self-study meets their needs while others find study group participation more desirable. Evaluate your own learning style and decide which study approach will help you the most.

    Formal preparation courses for the PHR, SPHR, GPHR exams may include but are not limited to:


    City University of Seattle - North Seattle, Tacoma
    (800) 474-684
    Columbia Basin College - Pasco
    (509) 542-486
    Seattle Pacific University - Bellevue, Everett, Renton (Also offers Online Classes)
    (425) 789-0161
    University of Phoenix – Bellevue
    (602) 387-9646
    Whitworth University
    (509) 777-4218

    For more information, please feel free to email our Chapter Certification Coordinator at or visit the SHRM web site at or contact the SHRM Customer Service department at (800) 283-7476 or (703) 548-3440.

    *HRCI does not endorse any specific study preparation method or course nor does it maintain information about them. In fact, HRCI strongly recommends that candidates use multiple reference materials when studying for the exams.