An HR certification designed for professionals who are just beginning their HR career journey in any locale.

Exam Topics

  • HR Operations 33% 33%
  • Recruitment & Selection 22% 22%
  • Employee Relations, Health, and Safety 20% 20%
  • Compensation & Benefits 15% 15%
  • Human Resource Dev. & Retention 10% 10%

Frequently Asked Questions…

Is this Certification Right for me?
HRCI’s Associate Professional in Human Resources Int’l™ (aPHRi™) is the perfect certification to help fast-track your career growth and provide you with the confidence to launch into the HR profession. The aPHRi is the first-ever HR certification designed for professionals who are just beginning their HR career journey and proves your knowledge of foundational Human Resources.
Am I Eligible?
  • No HR experience is required since this is a knowledge-based credential.
  • As an update, applicants no longer need a high school diploma or global equivalent to sit for the aPHRi.
What Is the Exam Format & Length?
  • Exam time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Exam length: 65 scored questions (mostly multiple-choice) + 25 pretest questions
  • Language: English (also available in Arabic)
  • Computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.
How Do I Remain Certified?
Your aPHRi certification is valid for three years after testing. To maintain your aPHRi credential, you must earn 45 re-certification credits over a three-year time span or retake the exam.
What Is Covered?

Review the aPHRi Exam Content Outline for details

How Much Does the Exam Cost?

Exam Fee*: $300 +

*Once an exam application is approved, no refunds will be made whether a candidate withdraws or no longer wishes to take the exam because the access code to the HRBoK cannot be rescinded/de-activated.

When Can I Take the Exam?
Testing for the aPHRi is available year-round, subject to availability at the Pearson Vue testing center of your choice.

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