How to Obtain HR Certification

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Obtaining an HR Certification will open many doors for recognition and promotion. First, it shows that you are committed to the HR program, that you have mastered the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver excellent performance, and that you are one step ahead of the competition. An HR Certification gives you a sense of pride for your achievements. However, preparing for a HR Certification must be carefully planned.


Commit yourself to achieving high standards in the HR program at your place of employment. You must have a great desire for achievement and progress in order to reach a state of excellence in performance. This kind of passion will give you an edge in experience when you take the HR certification exam.

Enroll in college preparation classes. A number of colleges such as Kaplan and Walden Universities offer training preparation courses for taking the HR certification examination. In addition, you can find several practice examinations on the online website of the Human Resource Certification Institute. The actual PHR certification examination is over two hundred questions and about four hours long.

Devote as much time as possible to studying for your HR certification exam. The amount of time you put into practical experiences, classes, and study will be determined by the level of certification you desire. The study preparation for a Professional Human Resource(PHR) certification should be no less than 30 hours a week while the study for a Senior Professional Human Resource (SPHR) certification or the Global Professional Human Resources certification (GPHR) should be giving forty hours or more.

Obtain two consecutive years of (exempt level) HR experience prior to taking PHR examination, four years of (exempt level) experience before taking the SPHR examination, and two years of global(exempt level) experience before taking the GPHR examination.


  • Settling for a bachelors or master’s degree in human resources is good but obtaining a certification in HR gives you an advantage over all the competition that is not certified. An HR certification brings you honor and reward and makes you respected within your organization and among peers.


  • Going for your HR certification is a wonderful pursuit but you must not allow your ambition to cause you to mistreat or bully those around you. Respecting your co-workers and encouraging them reach for their own sky is a great part of success. This attitude will allow you to be more of a role model in the pursuit of your HR certification rather than a person that takes advantages of others.


About the Author

Steve Glenn is a member of the Loft Writing Center in Minneapolis and has been writing professionally for over six years. He has written various newsletters and has published articles in the "Milwaukee Community Journal." Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and education from Metro State University in St. Paul.

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