To earn the Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR®)* Certification, issued by the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®),  HR professionals must meet specific educational requirements and pass a rigorous exam, representing their comprehensive experience and theoretical knowledge in the following human resource related competencies:

  • Business Management and Strategy
  • Risk Management
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations

The SPHR® designation differs from a certificate program because it combines the three "E"s;  education, experience and examination.   All HRCI® Certifications, including the SPHR® certification, have earned accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying agencies (NCCA). To learn more about the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, click here.     

The SHRM-SCP credential, issued by the Society for Human Resources (SHRM), requires HR professionals to meet specific education requirements and pass a rigorous exam, as well as demonstrate a mastery of Situational judgment items (SJIs) that assess candidates’ judgment and decision-making skills, skills that are not easily measured using traditional knowledge-based questions.  SHRM-SCP exams have been accredited by The Buros Center for Testing, certifying that the  SHRM-SCP credentials meet the highest standards in testing.  To learn more about The Buros Center for Testing, visit


After passing the initial certification exam, credentialed professionals are required to renew their certification every three years.  Recertification can be achieved by completing professional development activities, ongoing continuing education and professional achievements to receive certification credits.   These activities include instructor-led seminars, webinars, conferences, conducting original HR-related research, and maintaining memberships in good standing with national HR associations.  The recertification requirement ensures that certified HR professionals' remain committed to ongoing education as they must earn 60 hours of approved certification activities every three years for each certification they hold. 

*  “SPHR® is a trademark or registered trademark of Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI); HRCI is not the source of, and does not sponsor or endorse, the products/services promoted here.”