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HR Certification

Certification is a voluntary action by a professional group to establish a system to grant recognition to professionals who have met a stated level of training and work experience. Certified individuals are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, usually through the use of initials after their names.

There are certification options provided by SHRM and HRCI.

How to decide which certification is right for you? CLICK HERE to view's very comprehensive comparison of each certification.

SHRM has established two behavioral competency-based certifications, the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) for early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) for senior-level practitioners. SHRM regards the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new global standard in certification for the HR profession.


To better serve you during this period of uncertainty, SHRM has adjusted the dates of the spring testing and application windows. If you’ve already scheduled an exam appointment in this testing window that has now shifted, please standby. SHRM will be in touch with instructions on how to re-book. Click here for more details.

COVID-19 Response: Remote Proctoring
Effective June 1, 2020 SHRM will offer a remote proctoring option which will facilitate testing from home. CLICK HERE for more details. If you experience any issues with remote proctoring, please reach out to the SHRM Certification Customer Care team directly.

For more information about eligibility requirements, exam dates, and helpful downloadable resources CLICK HERE.

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The HR Certification Institute offers eight (8) certifications for HR professionals:

aPHR™ - Associate Professional in Human Resources™
aPHRi™ - Associate Professional in Human Resources - International™
PHR® - Professional in Human Resources
PHRca® - Professional in Human Resources — California®
PHRi™ - Professional in Human Resources — International™
SPHR® - Senior Professional in Human Resources
SPHRi™ - Senior Professional in Human Resources — International™
GPHR® - Global Professional in Human Resources

For more information on eligibility, certification handbook, current exam schedule & fees, and how to apply, CLICK HERE.

For exam preparation resources, CLICK HERE.

Due to COVID-19, HRCI testing has been suspended in several locations. We invite you to visit for the latest updates.

Beginning on May 1, 2020, U.S. and Canadian residents will have the option to register and test using OnVUE, Pearson VUE’s online proctoring exam delivery system from the comfort of their home or office. Online exam delivery will be available for the following HRCI certifications: Associate Professional in Human Resources® (aPHR®), Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®), Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) and Global Professional in Human Resources® (GPHR®).

OnVUE leverages state-of-the-art technology, in combination with live monitoring, to ensure that HRCI exams are protected and secure. HRCI is aligning their brand with other corporations Pearson VUE delivers online exam services for such as Microsoft, AWS and Cisco.

Recertification-Stay Certified

SuncoastHR is proud to be an approved provider for both SHRM and HRCI certifications. Event programming is submitted for re-certification credits for HRCI and SHRM recertification.


For additional ways to obtain recertification credits, click below:

SHRM Certification Portal for credit tracking
HRCI Certification Portal for credit tracking

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