HRCI Certification
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Demonstrate your HR Expertise and Gain Practical Skills

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HRCI Certification: The World's Most Recognized Credentials for HR professionals

HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) certification is a career-long commitment that demonstrates dedication, credibility and a mastery of the principles of human resources to your employers, clients, staff members and professional peers around the globe. Certification attests to the investment you have made in your HR career and holds a recognized place in the profession.

To become certified, you must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam. To remain certified, you must stay current in the HR profession and recertify every three years. You display your certification by putting the credential after your name.

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Provides you with a fully accredited credential – All of our core products are accredited and meet the National Commission for Certifying Agencies’ (NCCA) rigorous standards.

Validates your expertise – HRCI certification provides you with competency based, professionally relevant credentials that are highly valued in HR and business communities.

Connects you to an exclusive network of motivated HR professionals around the globe – Nearly 140,000 certified HR thought leaders work in more than 100 countries and territories.

Delivers nearly 40 years of history – Established in 1976, HRCI is the largest HR certification organization in the world.

Earns recognition from your organization and peers – Business leaders find HR certified professionals to be more self motivated.

NCHRA's Program offers you a preparation course to help meet your needs and increase your success on the Professional in Human Resources(PHR®) and Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) exams.


Benefits To You

You'll benefit from:

  • An experienced, HRCI-certified instructor.
  • The Complete HRCP Program for PHR/SPHR.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies to help you prepare for the exam.
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track.
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers.
  • Earning up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs) if you are attending this program for professional development only.


Benefits To Your Employer

Certification benefits your entire organization:

  • It demonstrates that your HR professionals have mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies.
  • Certification prepares your HR staff to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of your organization.
  • Exam preparation helps HR professionals bring new ideas to your organization that will help drive success.
  • It helps create a common HR language that optimizes consistency and effectiveness.

Our certification preparation course is designed primarily for individuals seeking PHR or SPHR certification. Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community

Eligibility Requirements

Testing Windows

HRCI now has an open testing window!! HR professionals can now apply and take the exam throughout the year.

HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) exams are offered through computer-based testing that is delivered by our exam administrator, Prometric, with more than 600 exam centers in 160 countries worldwide. Once you apply and receive your 16-digit testing ID from HRCI, you may search for the nearest testing location on the Prometric website, Please note exam locations may be subject to change, so check directly with Prometric to ensure the most up to date location information.

Course Details & Options

NCHRA courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of adult learners. Courses are taught by HRCI-certified instructors experienced in the HR field. Students will be expected to complete all assigned readings; and activities prior to each class.

2017 Schedule:

12 Week Certification Prep

36 Instructional Hours

A comprehensive 12-week program that meets weekly, in-person or online. The most in-depth of our course offerings, the 12-week course meets evenings, weekends or online to accommodate busy work schedules. Register for our 12-week course and add the 3-Day accelerated course review for $365. Option available at checkout. 12-week classes are closed for the spring sessions but stay tuned for upcoming fall classes.

Locations Dates & Times Contact Info Course Fees
East Bay Check Back for Fall Schedule Contact NCHRA (415) 291-1992 Fees for NCHRA members are $1,187.00 and $1,372 for non-members.*
San Francisco Check Back for Fall Schedule Contact NCHRA (415) 291-1992
Fees for NCHRA members are $1,187.00 and $1,372 for non-members.*
Santa Clara Check Back for Fall Schedule Contact NCHRA (415) 291-1992  Fees for NCHRA members are $1,187.00 and $1,372 for non-members.*
 Online Check Back for Fall Schedule  Contact NCHRA
(415) 291-1992
 Fees for NCHRA members are $1,187.00 and $1,372 for non-members.*

*includes a one-year NCHRA Membership

4-day Condensed Certification Prep

31 Instructional Hours
An intensive study course condensed into 4 days

Short on time? This concentrated, full-day course covers the entire HRCI Learning System in a shorter timeframe.

Locations Dates & Times Contact Info Course Fees
San Francisco Check Back for Fall Dates Contact NCHRA(415) 291-1992 Fees for NCHRA members are $1,079.00 and $1,264.00 for non-members.*
Mountain View Check Back for Fall Dates Contact NCHRA (415) 291-1992 or Register Here Fees for NCHRA members are $1,079.00 and $1,264.00 for non-members.*
*includes a one-year NCHRA Membership

3-day Review Certification Prep

24 Instructional Hours
A final review for the HRCI certification exams

Even the most experienced HR professionals often need to review before taking the exam. This thorough, 3-day study session serves as the perfect refresher right before the test.

Locations Dates & Times Contact Info Course Fees
Mountain View June 15th-17th from 8am - 5pm. Contact NCHRA (415) 291-1992 or Register Here Fees for NCHRA members are $997.00 and $1,182.00 for non-members.*
San Francisco June 15th-17th from 8am - 5pm. Contact NCHRA (415) 291-1992 or Register Here Fees for NCHRA members are $997.00 and $1,182.00 for non-members.*
*includes a one-year NCHRA Membership

Interested in Training your team?

Ask about volume discounts or offering a program at your location. Contact NCHRA at (415) 291-1992.

Classroom Sessions Include:

  • A high-level review of course material
  • Interactive discussions and learning activities focused on the practical application of HR competencies and knowledge
  • Sample assessment questions
  • Study and test taking tips


The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.
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