There are more than 120,000 certified HR professionals across the globe. PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR-CA, and SPHR-CA certifications are local, too. Many of your fellow HR/NY members are certified, and most of our Board members hold one or more professional designations. If you are currently certified, or are thinking about becoming certified, you're in good company!
Becoming certified as a PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR-CA, or SPHR-CA may seem intimidating at first. Going through the preparation process and sitting for the exam is a commitment of both time and financial resources. When you pass your exam and earn your letters, however, there's no other feeling in the world like it! Being certified demonstrates your commitment to your profession and your career development.
There's no one right way to prepare for your exam. Each person is different. Only you know what best works for you. Some people enjoy learning with co-workers in study groups during the workweek. Others prefer to study independently using both the SHRM Learning System
and other study aids available at booksellers across the country. Still other exam candidates find the support and structure provided by a university-based training program to be the best option for them.
HR/NY has several partner universities in the New York City area that provide weekly classes to help people like you prepare for the certification exam. You can explore each of these partner schools and their offerings below.
Once you pass your certification exam congratulations are in order! Your hours of hard work have paid off. Now that you've earned your certification, you don't want to lose it.
requires PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR-CA, and SPHR-CA holders to either retake and pass the certification exam every three years, or obtain 60 recertification credits during the three years after passing the exam. You can attend approved meetings, conferences, and events as one way to earn recertification credits. Many of HR/NY's professional development programs are eligible for Recertification Credit Hours (RCH) because their content directly links to the HRCI Body of Knowledge.
Information on each event will list the number of credit hours you can earn for attending the program. Look for the HRCI "Approved for Credit" symbol on the "Events" page next to those events approved to receive recertification credit.