Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

Advance your HR career by earning the Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) from HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). The PHR demonstrates your mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR management, including U.S. laws and regulations. The PHR is for the HR professional who has experience with program implementation, has a tactical/logistical orientation, is accountable to another HR professional within the organization, and has responsibilities that focus on the HR department rather than the whole organization.

PHR certification is a great way to establish yourself in the HR field.

HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

PHR Preparation

Preparing for exams can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, there are several options available that can assist you in the preparation of your PHR exam.

While HRCI does not endorse a particular resource or method of study, we encourage candidates to explore the preparation resources that are available for the PHR certification exam.

There is no single preparation method that can meet every candidate’s needs and we urge you to use a variety of tools and resources to enhance your understanding of general HR principles and HR exam content.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the PHR you must meet one of the following conditions for education and experience:

  • Have at least one year of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Master’s degree or higher,
  • Have at least two years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a Bachelor’s degree, OR
  • Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position + a high school diploma.

HRCI PHR Exam Summary:

Exam Name Professional in Human Resources
Exam Code  PHR
Exam Fee USD $395
Application Fee  USD $100 
Exam Duration  3 hours
Number of Questions  150
Passing Score  500/700 
Format  Multiple Choice Questions
Books /Training  Preparation
Schedule Exam  PROMETRIC
Sample Questions  HRCI PHR Exam Sample Questions and Answers
Practice Exam  HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Practice Test 

HRCI HR Professional Syllabus Topics:

Topics Weights
Employee and Labor Relations 39%
Business Management 20%
Talent Planning and Acquisition 16%
Total Rewards 15%
Learning and Development 10%