Associate Professional in Human Resources

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An HR certification designed for professionals who are just beginning their HR career journey in any locale or country.

Human resource management (HRM or HR) is the strategic approach to the effective management of organization workers so that they help the business gain a competitive advantage, Commonly referred to as the HR Department.

It is designed to maximize employee performance in service of an employer’s strategic objectives. HR is primarily concerned with the management of people within organizations, focusing on policies and on systems..

HR departments are responsible for overseeing employee-benefits design, employee recruitment, training and development, performance appraisal, and rewarding (e.g., managing pay and benefit systems).

HR also concerns itself with organizational change and industrial relations, that is, the balancing of organizational practices with requirements arising from collective bargaining and from governmental laws

Is this Certification Right for Me?

If you are new to HR and want to distinguish yourself early on, the Associate Professional in Human Resources – International™ (aPHRi™) from HRCI is the perfect certification to help propel your career growth and provide you with the confidence to launch into the HR profession. Be one of the first to earn your aPHRi — earn the aPHRi and prove your knowledge of foundational Human Resources in any locale.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the aPHRi you must have a high school diploma or global equivalent.

This is desirable for young graduates, career changers who are planning to switch their career to human resources management.

No HR experience is required since this is a knowledge-based credential.


What Is the Exam Format & Length?

  • Exam time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Exam length: 100 scored questions (mostly multiple-choice) + 25 pretest questions
  • Computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center

How Much Does the aPHRi Cost?

Exam Fee: $300* + Application Fee: $100

* Once an exam application is approved, no refunds will be made whether a candidate withdraws or nol longer wishes to take the exam.

When Can I Take the Exam?

Effective May 1, 2018, testing for the aPHRi will be available year-round, subject to test center availability.

How Do I Prepare?

You are encouraged to use a variety of study methods to prepare for the aPHRi exam. All HRCI credentials are designed to meet accreditation standards. As a result, HRCI does not endorse any particular preparation resource.


Course Outline

Module 1: HR Administration 22%

Section 1.1: Strategic HR Management and Business Trends.

Section 1.2: Gathering, measuring and Reporting HR Data.

Section 1.3: Workforce Planning and Employment Strategies.

Section 1.4: Change Management and Business Process Improvement for HR Professionals.

Section 1.5: Organizational Policies, Procedures and Regulations.

Module 2: Recruitment And Selection 22%

Section 2.1: HR Planning and Policy

Section 2.2: Recruitment Process

Section 2.3: Selection process

Section 2.4: Interview Techniques

Module 3: Employee Relations And Communication 20%

Section 3.1: Communication in the Workplace.

Section 3.2: Laws Affecting Employee and Labour Relations.

Section 3.3: Creating a positive Work Environment.

Section 3.4: Managing Employee Behaviour Issues.

Module 4: Compensation And Benefits 14%

Section 4.1: Total Rewards.

Section 4.2: Compensation.

Section 4.3: Benefits.

Module 5: Training And Development 15%

Section 5.1: Training.

Section 5.2: Performance Management.

Section 5.3: Career Development.

Module 6: Health Safety And Security 7%

Section 6.1: Health, Safety and Security.

Section 6.2: Employee Health.

Section 6.3: Employee Safety.

Section 6.4: Workplace Security

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