Associate Professional in Human Resources™

Is this Certification Right for Me?

HRCI’s Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) is the perfect certification to help fast-track your career growth and provide you with the confidence to launch into the HR profession. The aPHR is the first-ever HR certification designed for professionals who are just beginning their HR career journey and proves your knowledge of foundational Human Resources.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the aPHR you must have a high school diploma or global equivalent. No HR experience is required since this is a knowledge-based credential.

What Is the Exam Format & Length?

  • Computer-based Testing (CBT) at a Prometric testing center
  • Exam time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Exam length: 100 multiple-choice questions + 25 pretest questions

What Is Covered?

Review the aPHR Exam Content Outline for details.

How Much Does the Exam Cost?

Exam Fee*: $400 + 

*Once an exam application is approved, no refunds will be made whether a candidate withdraws or no longer wishes to take the exam because the access code to the HRBoK cannot be rescinded/de-activated.

When Can I Take the Exam?

Testing for the aPHR is available year-round, subject to availability at the Prometric testing center of your choice.

How Do I Remain Certified?

Your aPHR certification is valid for three years after testing. To maintain your aPHR credential, you must earn 45 recertification credits over a three-year time span or retake the exam.