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HR Certification Institute

HR Certification Institute

Demonstrate your commitment to your career in human resources by earning additional HR certification. Becoming certified means meeting high professional and educational standards, which can truly separate you as an exceptional HR practitioner.

SHRM Hawaii encourages HR professionals to become certified through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


The HR Certification Institute offers certifications for HR professionals:

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR®)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®)
  • California Certification (PHR-CA® and SPHR-CA®)
  • Human Resource Management Professional (HMRP)
  • Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP)

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 usually issued a certificate attesting that they have met the standards of the credentialing organization and are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, usually through the use of initials (i.e., PHR or SPHR) after their names.

Certifications differ from certificate programs because certifications include an experience component. Certificate programs, on the other hand, award certificates once a course of study has been completed and do not require previous work experience.


Want to learn more about the benefits of achieving your HR certification? Watch HRCI’s Information Video now to hear HR professionals speak to the value of certification and how they have benefited from their credentials.

You may also download the HRCI certification handbooks for detailed information on the HR Certification Institute's certification exams.

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Click here for information on certification review courses through SHRM Hawaii.

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